Plymouth State University’s Director of the Center for the Environment Steve Kahl has announced the appointment of Hydrologist Kevin McGuire in a newly developed position which will be shared with Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. The position will be co-funded by the University and the Northeastern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in Durham, and will be a core faculty position in the new PSU master’s degree program in Environmental Science and Policy.
According to Kahl, the partnership is an example of a win-win University partnership with external agencies. “Hubbard Brook and PSU both benefit from this cost-effective partnership,” Kahl said. “This is an example of how government and higher education ought to work together nationally.”
<p.McGuire, who earned a Ph.D. in forest engineering from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in forest resources with an emphasis in water resources from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Susquehanna University, will spend the fall semester developing the hydrology program and will begin teaching in the spring. “My research will focus on Hubbard Brook, an internationally-renowned field research site,” McGuire said. “I also will assist them in the collection and study of long-term hydrologic data sets across the entire northeast. And, the recent introduction by PSU of a master’s degree in environmental science and policy will provide graduate research opportunities for students to work with me.”
Chris Eagar, project leader for Hubbard Brook and research ecologist for the USFS, said Kevin will represent Hubbard Brook for a National Science Foundation funded Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project now under way with researchers from Cornell University, Syracuse University and Dartmouth College. Eagar said that co-funding with Plymouth State will give McGuire a lighter teaching load and allow time for his research.
“This is a great opportunity to help the region with issues of water quality and quantity and to study how human influence with the landscape can affect both water quality and quantity,” Eagar said. “We are pleased to have an energetic young scientist like Kevin in this position which will benefit Hubbard Brook and PSU, as well as the regional environment.”