Kyle Blount


I am gay I am a postdoc in urban ecohydrology (hydrologist).//

Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington State University Vancouver and recently completed my PhD in Hydrology at Colorado School of Mines (summer 2020). I am a socio-ecohydrologist, and my research focuses on understanding water-heat-vegetation interactions in cities to promote sustainable and equitable development. I also research how wildfires affect water resources and how collaborative groups form and manage natural resources in the context of wildfire.

I grew up in Texas and came out during my undergrad (also in Texas), surrounded by a very conservative, religious culture. I remember looking around at my professors and not seeing a visible example of queer faculty. I remember wondering if there was room in the academy for me — even as a cis white man — after I came out, and I know those feelings pale in comparison to those of people of color and other members of the LGBTQ+ community. As I pursue a faculty position, I want to ensure that I do all I can to be visible, provide meaningful support for minoritized students, and make the spaces in which I exist welcoming and equitable.