Kevin McGuire, research assistant professor of forest hydrology at Virginia Tech, has been appointed to the position of associate director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center. He began his duties on July 1.

In this position, McGuire will be responsible for conducting and publishing research in the areas of water resources, watershed management, and hydrologic science. He will also work to obtain grants and participate in outreach programs for the water center. Additionally, McGuire will begin teaching water resources classes at Virginia Tech.

“I think all of us here at the water center are looking forward to Kevin’s leadership,” said Stephen Schoenholtz, director of the center. “We’re thrilled to have him. He’s a great young scientist with a fresh perspective and a lot of good ideas. We’re looking forward to working closely with him to expand the water center’s mission.”

McGuire has served as a research assistant professor of forest hydrology at Virginia Tech since 2009. He is a faculty member in the Department of Forest Resources and Environment Conservation, a position recently supported by both the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

A member of the American Water Resources Association and the American Geophysical Union, McGuire’s areas of research expertise include watershed management and forest hydrology as well as land use and climate change effects on water resources.

McGuire received his Ph.D. in forest engineering from Oregon State and his master’s degree in forest resources from the Pennsylvania State University. He has previously taught graduate classes at both schools in the fields of hydrology and watershed management.

“I am excited by the opportunity to help promote interaction among water-related programs on campus,” McGuire said.  “Virginia Tech has strong and diverse programs in water science and engineering that we can make stronger by better collaboration and interaction on teaching and research activities.” As a hydrologist, McGuire explains that he is particularly interested in making Virginia Tech the place to come for studying water resources.

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