Dr. Kevin Roche joined Boise State University in Fall 2020. While his research has spanned disciplines ranging from fluid mechanics to microeconomics, it is unified by a need for improved predictive models that respect the natural variability of hydrologic processes. His work involves a combination of (1) novel observations at scales ranging from the laboratory (mm – m) to the field (m – km); and (2) developing mechanistic models that establish a parsimonious link between these scales. He uses this combined experimental and modeling approach to improve the physical basis of stream- and watershed-scale models of contaminant and nutrient fate.
Prior to Boise State, Dr. Roche was a Fulbright Junior Scholar at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) in Barcelona, Spain, where he developed theory of reactive transport in rivers. He also worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked on projects ranging from field experiments in streams to theoretical modeling of climate change and conflict.
Dr. Roche received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University. After undergraduate studies, Dr. Roche worked as a process control engineer at Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN), where he improved automation to increase water efficiency in pilot-scale manufacturing facilities. He then served for three years in the US Peace Corps (Guinea, Costa Rica) before joining Northwestern University for his graduate studies.