Mike is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. His research interests are broadly related to the study of land use change and its impacts on sediment transport dynamics and water quality in both natural and built environments. He has worked in a wide range of geographical locations that include the lower Great Lakes basin, Slave River delta (NWT), the Coppermine River Basin (NWT), eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains (Alberta) and China (Inner Mongolia).
For the past 13 years he has been a member of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project (SRWP) research team. SRWP was established to rigorously examine the effects of wildfire on hydrology, water quality, stream health and the downstream implications of this disturbance to water treatment. His current research is designed to quantify and model the impacts of contemporary forest harvesting strategies on sediment and associated nutrient transport dynamics. This research will be used to refine sediment transport models and enable land managers to select harvesting strategies to manage wildfire risks while potentially mitigating downstream propagation of sediment and associated nutrients. Mike currently serves as President of the IAHS International Committee on Continental Erosion (ICCE).
Graduate OpportunitiesMike is currently seeking three graduate students (1 MSc and 2 PhD) to study the effects of forest harvesting on the source, transport and storage of fine sediment and associated contaminants in the Oldman River Basin, Alberta.
Recent Courses Taught
GEOG 201:Fluvial Geomorphology
PLAN 341/GEOG 368: Conservation and Resource Management of the Built Environment
PLAN 453/GEOG 453: Stormwater Management
PLAN/GEOG 661: Environmental Planning
GEOG 665: Environmental Hydrology
Emelko MB , Stone M, Silins U , Allin D , Collins AL, Williams CHS, Martens AM & Bladon KD. 2015. Sediment-phosphorus dynamics can shift aquatic ecology and cause downstream legacy effects after wildfire in large river systems. Global Change Biology doi:10.1111/gcb.13073
Bladon KD, Emelko MB, Silins U, & Stone M. 2014. Wildfire and the future of water supply. Environmental Science and Technology 48(16):8936−8943. doi:10.1021/es500130g
Glasbergen K, Stone M, Krishnappan B, Dixon J, & Silins U. 2014. The effect of coarse gravel on cohesive sediment entrapment in an annular flume. IAHS Redbook (In-Press).
Silins U, Bladon KD, Kelly EN, Esch E, Spence JR, Stone M, Emelko MB, Boon S, Wagner MJ, Williams CHS, & Tichkowsky I. 2014. Five-year legacy of wildfire and salvage logging impacts on nutrient runoff and aquatic plant, invertebrate, and fish productivity. Ecohydrology 7(6):1508-1523. doi: 10.1002/eco.1474
Wagner MJ, Bladon KD, Silins U, Williams CHS, Boon S, MacDonald RJ, Stone M, Emelko MB, Martens AM, & Anderson, A. 2014. Catchment-scale stream temperature response to land disturbance by wildfire governed by surface-subsurface energy exchange and atmospheric controls. Journal of Hydrology 517:328-338. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.05.006
Stone M, Collins AL, Silins U, Emelko MB, & Zhang YS. 2014. The use of composite fingerprints to quantify sediment sources in a wildfire impacted landscape, Alberta, Canada. Science of the Total Environment 473:642-650. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.12.052
Little KE, Stone M, & Silins U, 2012. The effects of wildfire on in-stream wood structures and fine sediment storage in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. IAHS Redbook 354:36-41.
Emelko MB, Silins U, Bladon KD, & Stone M. 2011. Implications of land disturbance on drinking water treatability in a changing climate: Demonstrating the need for “Source Water Supply and Protection” strategies. Water Research 45:461-472. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2010.08.051
Stone M, Emelko MB, Droppo IG, & Silins U. 2011. Biostabilization and erodibility of cohesive sediment deposits in wildfire-affected streams. Water Research 45:521-534. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2010.09.016