Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
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3-48c South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NWEdmonton ABT6G 2J7
Director, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Research Area: Forest Hydrology
- Alberta Emerald Award: Challenge Award in Water (2014) - Southern Rockies Watershed Project
- Canada Council of the Federation Excellence in Water Stewardship Award (2014) - Southern Rockies Watershed Project
- Canadian Institute of Forestry Tree of Life Award (2011)
- Teacher of the Year Award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (2020, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, & 2004)
- Faculty Teaching Award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (2009)
- ECSA Teacher of the Year Award (2018)
Research Focus: Forest hydrology and Eco-hydrology focusing on impacts of climate associated forest disturbance (wildfire, Mountain Pine Beetle) and forest management including forestry operations on hydrology, water quality, and aquatic ecology of riverine environments. Research focuses on snowpacks, evaporative processes, surface- and sub-surface hillslope processes, erosion, biogeochemistry, streamflow dynamics, and aquatic ecology.
Research Platforms: Established and leads leads the Southern Rockies Watershed Project; a large instrumented watershed research platform in the Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Lakes region of southwest Alberta. This watershed research observatory includes a network of 36 current/historic gauged watersheds with a network of 19 climate stations stations. Co-leads the NSERC forWater network; a national network of instrumented watershed platforms and researchers focused on protecting drinking water sources from Canada's forested regions coast to coast.
REN R 100 - Forests: Ecology, Use and Society
An introduction to forest trees, plants, insects, fungi, fire, biodiversity and ecology. Discusses the use of forests for wood products recreation, watersheds, wildlife, carbon, and overall management and policies in Alberta and elsewhere.
REN R 350 - Physical Hydrology
Principles of physical and land-use hydrology. The interaction of vegetation, soils, and storage processes with physiography and climate in regulation of hydrologic processes and hydrologic response of watersheds including effects of disturbance on these functions. Prerequisite: REN R 210.
REN R 730 - Physical Hydrology
Principles of physical and land-use hydrology. The interaction of vegetation, soils, and storage processes with physiography and climate in regulation of hydrologic processes and hydrologic response of watersheds including effects of disturbance on these functions. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 350.
Untangling harvest-streamflow responses in foothills conifer forests: Nexus of teleconnections, summer-dominated precipitation, and storage
Goodbrand A, Anderson AE, Devito KJ, Silins U
Hydrological Processes. 2022 January; 36 (2):e14479
Anthropogenic and climate-exacerbated landscape disturbances converge to alter phosphorus bioavailability in an oligotrophic River
Watt C, Emelko MB, Silins U, Collins AL, Stone M.
Water. 2021 January; 13 (22):3151
A new framework for modelling fine sediment transport in rivers includes flocculation to inform reservoir management in wildfire impacted watersheds.
Stone M, Krishnappan BG, Silins U, Emelko MB, Williams CHS, Collins AL, Spencer SA.
Water. 2021 January; 13 (17):2319
Hillslope and groundwater contributions to streamflow in a Rocky Mountain watershed underlain by glacial till and fractured sedimentary bedrock
Spencer SA, Anderson AE, Silins U, Collins AL.
Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences. 2021 January; 25
Runoff and sediment production from harvested hillslopes and the riparian area during high intensity rainfall events.
Puntenney-Desmond KC, Bladon KD, Silins U.
Journal of Hydrology. 2020 January; 582
Sediment source fingerprinting: benchmarking recent outputs, remaining challenges and emerging themes
Collins AL, Blackwell M, Boeckx P, Chivers CA, Emelko MB, Evard O, Gellis A, Gholami H, Granger S, Harris P, Horowitz AJ, Laceby JP, Martinez-Carreras N, Minella J, Mol L, Nosrati K, Pulley S, Silins U, da Silva YJ, Stone M, Tiecher T, Upadhayay HR, Zhang Y.
Journal of Soil & Sediments. 2020 January; 20
Emmerton CA, Cooke CA, Hustins S, Silins U, Emelko MB, Lewis T, Kruk MK, Taube N, Zhu D, Jackson B, Stone M, Kerr JG, Orwin JF.
Water Research. 2020 January; 183
Precipitation-runoff and storage dynamics in watersheds underlain by till and permeable bedrock in Alberta's Rocky Mountains
Spencer SA, Silins U, Anderson AE.
Water Resources Research. 2019 January; 55 (12):10690-10706
Robinne FN, Bladon KD, Silins U, Emelko MB, Flannigan MD, Parisien MA, Wang X, Kienzle SW, Dupont DP.
Forests. 2019 January; (10):384
Net precipitation in burned and unburned subalpine forest stands after wildfire in the northern Rocky Mountains
Williams CHS, Silins U, Spencer SA, Wagner MJ, Stone M. Emelko MB.
International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2019 January; 28 (10):750–760
Long-term impact of severe wildfire and post-wildfire salvage logging on macroinvertebrate assemblage structure in Alberta's Rocky Mountains
Martens AM, Silins U, Proctor HC, Williams CHS, Wagner MJ, Emelko MB, Stone M.
International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2019 January; 28 (10):738-749
The influence of wildfire on water quality and watershed processes: New insights and remaining challenges.
Rhoades CC, Nunes JP, Silins U, Doerr SH.
International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2019 January; 28 (10):721-725
Assessing water contamination risk from vegetation fires: Challenges, opportunities and a framework for progress.
Nunes JP, Doerr SH, Sheridan G, Neris J, Santín C, Emelko MB, Silins U, Robichaud PR, Elliot WJ, Keizer J.
Hydrological Processes. 2018 January; 32 (5):687-694
Devito KJ, Hokanson KJ, Moore PA, Kettridge N, Anderson AE, Chasmer L, Hopkinson C, Lukenbach MC, Mendoza CA, Morissette J, Peters DL, Petrone RM, Silins U, Smerdon B, Waddington JM.
Hydrological Processes. 2017 January; 31 (15):2737-2751
Silins U, Anderson A, Bladon KD, Emelko MB, Stone M, Spencer SA, Williams CHS, Wagner MJ, Martens AM, & Hawthorn K.
Forestry Chronicle. 2016 January; 92 (1):39-42
Mahat V, Silins U, Anderson AE.
Catena. 2016 January; 147
Sediment-phosphorus dynamics can shift aquatic ecology and cause downstream legacy effects after wildfire in large river systems
Emelko MB, Stone M, Silins U, Allin D, Collins AL, Williams CHS, Martens AM, Bladon KD.
Global Change Biology. 2016 January; 22 (3):1168-1184
Robinne FN, Miller C, Parisien MA, Emelko MB, Bladon KD, Silins U, Flannigan MD.
Forests. 2016 January; 7
Glasbergen K, Stone M, Krishnappan BM, Dixon J, Silins U.
Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. 2015 January; 367
Mahat V, Anderson AE, Silins U.
Hydrological Processes. 2015 January; 29 (17):3687-3698
Watershed-scale controls on snow accumulation in a small montane watershed, southwestern Alberta, Canada.
Dixon D, Boon S, Silins U.
Hydrological Processes. 2014 January; 28 (3):1294-1306
Five-year legacy of wildfire and salvage logging impacts on nutrient runoff and aquatic plant, invertebrate, and fish productivity
Silins U, Bladon KD, Kelly EN, Esch E, Spence JR, Stone M, Emelko MB, Boon S, Wagner MJ, Williams CHS, Tichkowsky I.
Ecohydrology. 2014 January; 7 (6):1508-1523
Catchment-scale stream temperature response to land disturbance by wildfire governed by surface-subsurface energy exchange and atmospheric controls
Wagner MJ, Bladon KD, Silins U, Williams CHS, Martens AM, Boon S, MacDonald RJ, Stone M, Emelko MB, Anderson AE.
Journal of Hydrology. 2014 January; 517
Macdonald RJ, Boon S, Byrne JM, Silins U.
Hydrological Processes. 2014 January; 24 (4):2338-2347
Stone M, Collins AL, Silins U, Emelko MB, Zhang YS.
Science of the Total Environment. 2014 January; 473-473
Atmospheric and soil moisture controls on evapotranspiration from above and within a Western Boreal Plain aspen forest
Brown SM, Petrone RM, Chasmer L, Mendoza CA, Lazerjan MS, Landhäusser SM, Silins U, Leach J, Devito KJ.
Hydrological Processes. 2014 January; 28 (15):4449-4462
Bladon KD, Emelko MB, Silins U, Stone M.
Environmental Science and Technology. 2014 January; 48 (16):8936–8943