W. KYLE BLOUNT
williamkblount@gmail.com
EDUCATION
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado
Ph.D., Hydrologic Science and Engineering
Expected May 2020
M.S., Hydrologic Science and Engineering
Expected May 2018
Advisor: Dr. Terri S. Hogue

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.S., Environmental Geosciences (Water Theme)
Dec 2013
Minors: Geoinformatics and Psychology
Honors Thesis: “Future Flooding in Houston: Modeling the Impacts of Climate
and Land Cover Change on Hydrology in the Buffalo-San Jacinto Watershed”
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Quiring
PUBLICATIONS
Blount, W.K. (2013). Future Flooding in Houston: Modeling the Impacts of Climate and Land Cover Change on
Hydrology in the Buffalo-San Jacinto Watershed. Texas A&M University Honors and Undergraduate Research.
Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/154891.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Research Interests: Disturbance hydrology, including wildfire, urban, and alpine hydrology; remote sensing;
hydrologic modeling; evapotranspiration; land-atmosphere interactions; stakeholder engagement

Colorado School of Mines, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Graduate Research Assistant
Aug 2016 – Present
Work on a NASA-funded project focused on modeling evapotranspiration from remote sensing observations; Model
changes in ET, water budgets, and vegetation indices to explore risk, severity, and recovery of wildfires in the
Western United States.

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Aug 2010 – Feb 2011
Developed standardized criteria for the metadata for a new North American soil moisture database; Collected
metadata for stations to be included in the database.
PRESENTATIONS
ORAL
Blount, W.K., T.S. Hogue, K.J. Franz, and K.R. Knipper: Use of remote sensing products to evaluate hydrologic
response in fragmenting landscapes in East Africa. 2017 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference,
Norman, OK, September 18-20, 2017.

Blount, W.K., T.S. Hogue, K.J. Franz, and K.R. Knipper: Evapotranspiration and partitioning of the hydrologic cycle
in fragmented landscapes in the Western United States. 2017 University Council on Water Resources/National
Institute of Water Resources (UCOWR/NIWR) Annual Conference, Fort Collins, CO, June 13-15, 2017.

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Hogue, T.S., S. Saxe, R. Logan, K. Knipper, and W.K. Blount: Short and Long-Term Recovery in Burned Watersheds
and the Impact on Streamflow Dynamics. 2016 Geological Society of America (GSA) National Conference, Denver,
CO, September 25-28, 2016.

Blount, W.K.: Undergraduate Thesis: “Future Flooding in Houston”. 2013 Undergraduate Research Scholar
Presentations, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, April 25, 2013.
POSTER
Blount, W.K., T.S. Hogue, K.J. Franz, and K.R. Knipper: Advancing Remotely-sensed Evapotranspiration Estimates
using the MODIS Soil Moisture-Evapotranspiration (MOD-SMET) Model. 2018 American Meteorological Society
(AMS) Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 7-11, 2018.

Blount, W.K., T.S. Hogue, K.J. Franz, and K.R. Knipper: Application of MODIS Soil-Moisture-Evapotranspiration
(MOD-SMET) Model to Evaluate Landscape and Hydrologic Recovery after the High Park Fire, Colorado, USA.
2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 11-15, 2017.

Blount, W.K.: Undergraduate Capstone: “An Expansion of Methodology for Modeling Urban Land Cover Change in
the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) Hydrological Model”. 2013 Geosciences Undergraduate Research Day,
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, November 28, 2013.
TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
Colorado School of Mines, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 – Dec 2017
Consulted with Dr. Terri Hogue on course design and content for an upper-level
water resources engineering course; created all laboratory assignments; taught
the laboratory portion of the class; held office hours; completed grading.

Full Passage, Inc., Denver, CO
Instructor and Tutor
Mar 2015 – Nov 2016
Taught ACT and SAT test prep courses; conducted private tutoring of test prep
and high school math and science; created and edited student and teacher
manuals for test prep use; planned lessons for subject students.
AWARDS
RESEARCH AWARDS
Outstanding Graduating Senior, Environmental Programs
2013
Outstanding Research Presentation, Undergraduate Capstone Project
2013
Undergraduate Research Scholar
2013

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
NAGT Review Camp Stipend
2017
HSE Program Fellowship, Colorado School of Mines
2016
President’s Endowed Scholar, Texas A&M
2010 – 2013

Director’s Excellence Award, Texas A&M
2010 – 2013
National Merit Scholar
2009


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TEACHING AWARDS
NAGT Outstanding TA Award
2018
OTHER EXPERIENCE, LEADERSHIP, AND SERVICE
President’s Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DIA), Colorado School of Mines
Student Advisory Board Member





Jan 2018 – Present
Met with other student leaders to frame recommendations to the university president, advise implementation of
data collection, promote shared responsibility, and expand pathways to success with regard to DIA on Mines’
campus.

oSTEM Peer Mentorship Program, Colorado School of Mines
Peer Mentor







Aug 2016 – Present
Hold open office hours and provide resources for LGBT+ and questioning students on the Mines campus.

Colorado Science Olympiad
Event Supervisor, Hovercraft





April 2017
Prepared the written test and apparatus testing for the Hovercraft event at the Colorado State Science Olympiad
Tournament at Mines. Coordinated volunteers and the check-in, written testing, and hovercraft testing for both
high school and junior high students. Completed grading and scoring for the event.

National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Activity Review Camp Member





July 2017
Reviewed approximately 20 activities within NAGT’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC) database for
scientific accuracy, pedagogical effectiveness, and adequate goals and assessments. Provided feedback to activity
authors for improvement and collaborated with other reviewers to produce evaluations and constructive criticism.

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, Conroe, TX
GIS Technician
Feb 2014 – Oct 2014
Created and maintained internal standards and processes for entry and storage geospatial data; Designed and
created an in-house geospatial database to store physical and chemical properties of wells and aquifers; Performed
queries to assist with public data requests and created thematic maps using the new geospatial database;
Coordinated with the USGS and Houston-Galveston Area Counsel (HGAM) for use of local hydraulic models and
data storage; Participated in public outreach and education.

Environmental Programs Advisory Committee, Texas A&M University
Student Representative
Aug 2012 – Dec 2013
Elected representative of the interests of the 250 students in the Environmental Programs; counseled
administrative decisions about the direction and future of the program along with fellow students and faculty.
MSC Fall Leadership Conference, Texas A&M University
Student Representative for Environmental Programs
Aug 2012

Ambassadors Trip, Adventures in Missions (AIM)
High School Trip Leader, Kenya
July 2011
Lead 10 high school students to Nairobi, Kenya to assist in community outreach and religious missions.





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NOVAS Project, Adventures in Missions (AIM)
Team Member, Uganda and Kenya
Aug 2009 – May 2010
Conducted religious missions and humanitarian work including medical outreach and environmental education in
Busia and Tororro, Uganda and Mbita, Kenya.
SKILLS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Computer Languages: MATLAB, R, JavaScript
Computer Applications: ArcGIS, ENVI, Microsoft Office (including access)
Other Skills: Database Management Systems, SQL,
Differential GPS, Hydrologic Modelling
Certifications and Trainings: LGBT+ SafeZone Training; Sexual Assault
Survivor Response Training
MEMBERSHIPS
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
NAGT Geoscience Education Research Division