Professor

Room EV1-112, ext. 33067
mstone@uwaterloo.ca
S2017 office hours: By appointment

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 nine 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 quantify and model the impacts of contemporary forest harvesting strategies on sediment and associated nutrient transport dynamics. This research will 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 Opportunities
Mike is currently seeking two graduate students (1 MSc and 1 PhD) to study the effects of forest harvesting on the source, transport and storage of sediment 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

Research Interests
Dr. Stone is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. His research program is directed towards the study of land use change and its impact on surface water quality in natural and built environments. The goal of his research is to quantify and model the source, transport and fate of sediment associated contaminants in aquatic environments and to transfer this knowledge to environmental management. He has worked in a wide range of geographical locations. These 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). Recent research projects include 1) the effect of wildfire on the source, transport and storage of sediment associated contaminants in the Oldman River Basin, Alberta 2) entrapment of cohesive sediment in gravel bed rivers and 3) the effect of zebra mussels on particle transport in Lake Erie

Recent Publications

  • Silins, U. Bladon, K.D. Wagner, M.J. Williams, C.H.S. Martens, A.M. Stone, M. Emelko, M.B.. Anderson, A Collins, A. and Krishnappan, B.G. (In Press) Catchment-scale stream temperature response to land disturbance by wildfire governed by surface-subsurface energy exchange and atmospheric controls. Water Resources Research.

  • Stone, M. Collins, A. Silins, U. Emelko, M.B. and Zhang, Y (2014) The Use Of Composite Fingerprints To Quantify Sediment Sources In A Wildfire Impacted Forested Landscape, Alberta, Canada. Science of the Total Environment 473–474; 642–650.

  • Silins, U. Bladon, K.D. Wagner, M.J. Williams, C.H.S Martens, A.M. Stone, M. Emelko, M.B Anderson, A. Collins, A. and Krishnappan, B.G (2014) Shifting disturbance regimes in forested source water landscapes in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains: Long-term impacts of wildfire on water quantity, quality, and stream ecology. Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1474

  • Stone, M. Collins, A. Brock, C. & McDonald, D. (2013)  Spatial and temporal distribution of PAHs in the North Saskatchewan River, Alberta, Canada. IAHS Publication 361:294-301.

  • Hagreen*, L. Stone, M. Norwood, W. & Ho, J. (2013) Bioavailability of sediment-associated metals in the Slave River Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada. IAHS Publication 358:80-87.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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