Profile: Lee Slater

Professor and Chair

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Field of Specialization: Near-Surface Geophysics

Research Interests:

  • Low-frequency electrical properties (spectral Induced polarization, induced polarization, complex resistivity)     of near-surface soils
  • Hydrogeophysics: "Fusing hydrogeological and geophysical research to improve knowledge of flow & transport in subsurface"
  • Biogeophysics: "Fusing biological and geophysical research to improve knowledge of microbial processes     in subsurface
  • Fractured rock geophysics: improving geophysical imaging of contaminated fractured rock aquifers using a     geophysical toolbox
  • Wetlands/Peatlands geophysics
  • Methane Cycling in Northern Peatlands
  • Associated Programs

    • President Elect, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS), Elected 2014
    • Deputy Chair, AGU Hydrogeophysics Technical Committee, Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 02/13-present
    • Associate Editor, Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union
  • Courses Taught

    460:206 Environmental Geology

    460:406 Applied Geophysics

    460:427 Hydrogeology

    380:600 Applied Groundwater Modeling

    380:606 Electrical Environmental Geophysics

    380:607 Seismic and Potential Field Environmental Geophysics

    380:608 Ground Penetrating Radar

  • Education

    B.Sc., University of East Anglia (UK), 1992

    M.Sc., University of N. Wales, 1993

    Ph.D., Lancaster University, 1997

  • Publications

    Ten most recent publications:

    1. Bon, C.E.,  Reeve, A.S., Slater, L. and X. Comas, 2014, Using Hydrologic Measurements to Investigate Free Phase Gas Ebullition in a Maine Peatland, USA, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 953–965.
    2. Atekwana, E.A., Mewafy, F.M, Abdel Aal, G., Werkema Jr, Revil, A and Slater, L., 2014, High-Resolution Magnetic Susceptibility Measurements for Investigating Magnetic Mineral Formation during Microbial Mediated Iron Reduction J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 119, 80–94, doi:10.1002/2013JG002414.
    3. Comas, X., Kettridge, N., Binley, A., Slater, L., Parsekian, A., Baird, A. J., Strack, M. and Waddington, J. M., 2013, The effect of peat structure on the spatial distribution of biogenic gases within bogs. Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.10056.
    4. Heenan, J., Porter, A., Ntarlagiannis, D., Young, L., Werkema, D., and Slater, L. 2013, ”Sensitivity of the spectral induced polarization method to microbial enhanced oil recovery processes.” Geophysics, 78(5), E261–E269. doi: 10.1190/geo2013-0085.1 ss
    5. Personna*, Y., Slater, L., Ntarlagiannis, D., Werkema, D. and Z. Szabo, 2013, Complex resistivity signatures of ethanol biodegradation in porous media, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 153, 37–50
    6. Mewafy, F. M., Werkema Jr, D. D., Atekwana, E. A., Slater, L. D., Abdel Aal, G., Revil, A., & Ntarlagiannis, D., 2013, Evidence that Biometallic Mineral Precipitation Enhances the Complex Conductivity Response at a Hydrocarbon Contaminated Site, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 98, 113-123.
    7. Rittgers, J., Revil, A., Karoulis, M., Mooney, M., Slater, L. and Atekwana, A., 4D inversion of self-potential signals generated by the corrosion of buried metallic objects and application to contaminant plumes, 2013, Geophysics, 78, 5, 1–18, doi: 10.1190/GEO2013-0033.1
    8. Mwkanayamale, K., Day Lewis, F.D. and Slater, L., 2013, Statistical mapping of zones of focused groundwater/surface-water exchange using fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing, Water Resources Research, 49(10), 6979-6984.
    9. Grunat, D., Slater, L. and Wehrer, M.,2013,  Complex electrical measurements on an undisturbed soil core: evidence for improved estimation of saturation state from imaginary conductivity, Vadose Zone Journal, Vadose Zone Journal, 12(4).
    10. Weller A., L. Slater, and S. Nordsiek, 2013, On the relationship between induced polarization and surface conductivity: Implications for petrophysical interpretation of electrical measurements: Geophysics, 78, no. 5, D315–D325, doi: 10.1190/GEO2013-0076.1.



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