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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Tim Link adjusts experiment material

Timothy E. Link

Office: CNR 203B
Phone: (208) 885-9465
Email: tlink@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Professor of Hydrology with UI Since 2001

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Snow Hydrology
    • Ecohydrology
    • Watershed Hydrology
    • Environmental Change
    • Interdisciplinary Water Sciences
  • Biography
    My research focuses broadly on how climate, vegetation, and human activities influence hydrological processes from the point to the small watershed scale. Specific research topics focus on how vegetation affects snowpack and related ecological processes, how climate changes will be manifested in the rain-snow transition zone in complex terrain, and how forest management activities affect water flow, quality, and riparian systems. My research has been based primarily at intensively instrumented outdoor laboratories including the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in SW Idaho, Mica Creek Experimental Watershed, Priest River Experimental Forest, and University of Idaho Experimental Forest in northern ID, Marmot Creek Research Basin in Alberta, and Wolf Creek Research Basin in the Yukon Territory.

    At the undergraduate level I teach Watershed Science and Management (FOR462, Fall) which focuses on developing a mechanistic understanding of how climate and land cover affects water quantity, quality, and flow regime at the watershed scale. At the graduate level, I teach Physical Hydrology (FOR515, Fall alt. years) which focuses on developing an understanding of the fundamental physics that govern key hydrological processes in the environment. I also teach a number of special topics courses based on the primary literature, including Hydrological Effects of Forest Management (FOR516, Fall alt. years), Streamflow Generations Processes (FOR504), Snow-Vegetations Interactions (FOR504), and the field-based course Water, Salmon, and Society (WR504). I also team teach Interdisciplinary Modeling: Water-Related Issues and Changing Climate with faculty members from Nevada and New Mexico.
  • Selected Publications
    *denotes student author

    • Seyednasrollah, B.*, M. Kumar, and T. E. Link. 2013. On the role of tree density on net radiation on the forest floor. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. v. 118 n. 15, 8359-8374. DOI:10.1002/jgrd.50575.
    • Ellis, C. R.*, J. W. Pomeroy, and T. E. Link. 2013. Modeling increases in snowmelt yield and desynchronization resulting from forest gap-thinning treatments in a northern mountain headwater basin. Water Resources Research. v. 49, 1-14, DOI :10.1002/wrcr.20089.
    • Meromy, L.*, N. P. Molotch, T. E. Link, S. R. Fassnacht, and R. Rice. 2013. Subgrid variability of snow water equivalent at operational snow stations in the western USA. Hydrological Processes. v. 27, 2383–2400, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9355.
    • Kumar, M., R. Wang, and T. E. Link. 2012. Effects of more extreme precipitation regimes on maximum seasonal snow water equivalent. Geophysical Research Letters. DOI:10.1029/2012GL052972.
    • Reba, M. L.*, D. Marks, T. E. Link, J. W. Pomeroy, and A. Winstral. 2012. Sensitivity of model parameterizations for simulated latent heat flux at the snow surface for complex mountain sites. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9619.
    • Lawler, R. R.* and T. E. Link. 2011. Quantification of incoming all-wave radiation in discontinuous forest canopies with application to snowmelt prediction. Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.8150.
    • Chauvin, G. M.*, G. N. Flerchinger, T. E. Link, D. Marks, A. H. Winstral*, and M. S. Seyfried. 2011. Long-term water balance and conceptual model of a semi-arid mountainous catchment, Journal of Hydrology, 400, pp. 133-43. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.01.031.
    • Gravelle, J. A.*, T. E. Link, J. Broglio† and J. Braatne. 2009. Impacts of timber harvest on aquatic macroinvertebrate community composition in a northern Idaho watershed. Forest Science. v. 55, n. 4, 352-366.
    • Reba, M. L.*, T. E. Link, D. Marks, and J. Pomeroy. 2009. An assessment of corrections for eddy covariance measured turbulent fluxes over snow in mountain environments. Water Resources Research, 45, W00D38, doi:10.1029/2008WR007045.
    • Hubbart, J. A.*, T. E. Link, J. A. Gravelle*, and W. J. Elliot. 2007. Timber harvest impacts on hydrologic yield in the continental/maritime hydroclimatic region of the U. S. Forest Science, v. 53, n. 2, 169-180.
    • Gravelle, J. A.*, and T. E. Link. 2007. Influence of timber harvesting on water temperatures in a northern Idaho watershed. Forest Science, V. 53, n. 2, 189-205.
  • Research Projects
    • 2013 - 2017: Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision-making across disciplines, cultures and scales. Funded by NSF-IGERT.
    • 2014-2015: Projecting climate change effects on aspen distribution and productivity in the central and northern Rockies by coupling hydrological and landscape-disturbance models. Funded by the USGS Northwest Climate Science Center.
    • 2013-2014: Effects of forest management and succession on long-term carbon and water budgets. Funded by the USDA Forest Service, Western Wildlands Environmental Threat Assessment Center.
    • 2010-2014: Development of a smart 3-D wireless sensor network for terrain-climate research in remote mountainous environments. Funded by NSF-DBI.
    • 2009-2014: A WATERS testbed to investigate the impacts of changing snow conditions on hydrologic processes in the western United States. Funded by NSF-CBET.
    • 2009-2013: Modeling snow, soil moisture, and streamflow impacts on water, soil, and vegetation resources in semi-arid basins. Funded by USDA-ARS.
    • 2006-2011: Impact of forest treatments and climate change on hydrologic regimes: Assessment of mechanisms that affect hydrologic alteration. Funded by USDA-NRI.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Tour Organizer:  Mica Creek Experimental Watershed. Technical Field Tour for SAF Annual Convention, Spokane, WA.  Oct. 24, 2012.
    • Environmental Educator for Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S).  Delivered lectures and coordinated field exercises on climatology, meteorology, geomorphology, hydrology, water quality, ecohydrology, stream gauging.  Middle Fork of the Salmon River, May 28-June 2, 2012.
    • Environmental Educator for Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S).  Delivered lectures and coordinated field exercises on climatology, meteorology, geomorphology, hydrology, water quality, ecohydrology, stream gauging.  Main Salmon River, May 27-June 2, 2011.  25 commercial river guide participants.  
    • Tour Organizer:  Mica Creek Experimental Watershed, tour for U. S. Forest Service managers.  Sep. 10, 2009.  26 student and agency participants.
    • Tour Organizer:  Mica Creek Experimental Watershed, tour for University of Idaho alumni: Celebrating 100 years of forestry education.  Sep. 12, 2009.  9 alumni participants.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), USDA-CSREES, 2003
    • Outstanding Advisor, UI College of Natural Resources, 2012