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Kyle Blasch, Ph.D.

As the Associate Regional Director for the USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands Region, Kyle helps lead seven USGS Science Centers in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands.

Kyle Blasch is the Associate Regional Director for the USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands region which encompasses Department of the Interior Regions 9 and 12.  Kyle supports the Regional and Deputy Regional Director with planning, directing, and evaluating science and operational activities within 7 Ecosystems and Water Science Centers located in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  Kyle is currently the USGS Wildfire Response Coordinator facilitating the optimal use of USGS resources to support wildfire incident response.

Prior to joining the Region, Kyle served as the Director of the Idaho Water Science Center Director, COVID19 Response Coordinator, Acting Deputy Regional Director, and Acting Deputy Director of the WMA Office of Planning and Programming.  

Kyle started his career with the USGS in 1999 as a Research Hydrologist and has continued dabbling with stream permanence, ecodrought, remote sensing, vadose zone processes, and ground water processes. 

Professional Experience

  • 1994 - Present - United States Air Force Reserves, Bioenvironmental Engineer

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona

  • M.S., Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • B.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • B.S., Earth Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

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