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Studying What Lies Beneath Our Feet

As groundwater contamination poses ever increasing health and environmental risks throughout the U.S. researchers such as Lee Slater are focusing their expertise on the environment below ground.

Slater specializes in water resources, methane cycling in peatlands, and geophysical imaging of near surface processes. He also is assessing new techniques to evaluate the environment below the Earth's surface and conducting research on groundwater-surface water interactions and biogeophysical signatures arising from microbial processes in the Earth.

The courses that Slater teaches include environmental geology, applied geophysics, hydrogeology, several types of environmental geophysics methods and groundwater modeling. He and his graduate students have conducted research in Alaska, Idaho and Minnesota, as well as at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington.

Slater has coauthored 96 peer-reviewed publications on near surface and environmental geophysics and served as principal investigator on multiple awards from the National Science Foundation, U. S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, United States Geological Survey and Chevron Energu Corporation.

Slater received the B.Sc. from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, his M.Sc. from the University of N. Wales and his Ph.D. from Lancaster University.