Profile: Lee Slater

Professor, Graduate Program Director

Faculty
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"
  • Wetlands/Peatlands geophysics
  • Methane Cycling in Northern Peatlands
  • Associated Programs

    Associate Editor, Water Resources Research

    Chair, Near Surface Geophysics Focus Group - American Geophysical Union (AGU)

    Guest Associate Editor, Special Issue on “Hydrogeophysics”, Near Surface Geophysics

  • 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

    (*Student mentored; #Postdoctoral scientist mentored)
    Hydrogeophysics research
    Wu, Y., Versteeg, R., Slater, L. and LaBrecque, D., 2009, Calcite precipitation dominates the electrical signatures of zero valent iron columns under simulated field conditions, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 106, 131-143

    Slater, L. and Comas, X., 2008. The contribution of GPR to water resources research, In, Jol. H., Ed., GPR Radar Theory and Applications, Elsevier, New York, 544 pp.

    Wishart, D.N., Slater, L.D., Schnell, D.L. and Herman, G.C., 2009, Hydraulic anisotropy characterization of pneumatic-fractured sediments using azimuthal self potential gradient, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 103, 134–144

    Wishart#, D.N., Slater, L. and Gates, A., 2008, Anisotropy characterization in fractured crystalline bedrock using field-scale azimuthal self potential gradient (ASPG), Journal of Hydrology, 358, 35-45

    Robinson, D.A., Binley, A., Crook, N., Day-Lewis, F., Ferre, P.T., Grauch, V.J.S., Knight, R., Knoll, M., Lakshmi, V., Miller, R., Nyquist, J., Pellerin, L., Singha, K. and Slater, L, 2008, Advancing process-based watershed hydrological research using near-surface geophysics: A vision for, and review of, electrical and magnetic geophysical methods, Hydrological Processes, 22, 18, 3604-3635

    Slater, L., 2007, Near surface electrical characterization of hydraulic conductivity: from petrophysical properties to aquifer geometries - a review, Surveys in Geophysics, 28, 169-197

    Biogeophysics research
    Atekwana, A. and Slater, L., Biogeophysics: A New Frontier in Earth Science Research, Reviews of Geophysics, doi:10.1029/2009RG000285, In Press.

    Slater, L., F. D. Day-Lewis, D. Ntarlagiannis, M. O'Brien, and N. Yee, 2009, Geoelectrical measurement and modeling of biogeochemical breakthrough behavior during microbial activity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L14402, doi:10.1029/2009GL038695.
    Chen, J., Hubbard, S.S., Williams, K.H., Pride, S., Li, L. and Slater, L.,2009, A state-space Bayesian framework for estimating biogeochemical transformations using time-lapse geophysical data, Water Resources Research, 45, W08420, doi:10.1029/2008WR007698

    Personna*, Y., Ntarlagiannis#, D., Slater, L., Yee, N., O’Brien*, M. and Hubbard, S., 2008, Spectral Induced Polarization and Electrodic Potential Monitoring of Microbially-Mediated Iron Sulfide Transformations, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeoscience, 113, G02020, doi:10.1029/2007JG000614

    Slater, L., Ntarlagiannis#, D., Yee, N., O’Brien*, M, Zhang*, C. and Williams, K.H., 2008, Electrodic voltages in the presence of sulfide: Implications for (1) monitoring natural microbial activity, and (2) SP electrode performance, Geophysics, 73, 2, F65-F70.

    Slater, L., Ntarlagiannis*, D., Personna*, Y.R. and Hubbard, S.S., 2007, Pore-scale Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP) signatures associated with FeS biomineral transformations, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L21404, doi 10.1029/2007GL031840

    Peatlands geophysics & methane cycling
    Parsekian*, A., Slater, L., Comas, X. and Glaser, P., Variations in free phase gasesgasses in peat landforms determined by ground penetrating radar, Journal of Geophysical Research, In Press.

    Baird, A., Belyea, L., Comas, X., Reeve, A. and Slater, L., 2009, Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Geophysical Monograph 184, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Washington DC, 299 pp

    Baird, A., Comas, X., Slater, L. Belyea, L. and Reeve, A.S., 2009, Understanding Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands: Recent Developments and Future Prospects, In, Baird, A., Belyea, L., Comas, X., Reeve, A. and Slater, L., Eds, Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Geophysical Monograph 184, American Geophysical Union (AGU), p 1-4.

    Comas, X. and Slater, L, 2009, Non-Invasive Field-Scale Characterization of Gaseous-Phase Methane Dynamics in Peatlands Using the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Method: In, Baird, A., Belyea, L., Comas, X., Reeve, A. and Slater, L., Eds, Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Geophysical Monograph 184, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 159-172

    Reeve, A, Comas, X. and Slater, L., 2009, The influence of permeable mineral lenses on peatland hydrology In, Baird, A., Belyea, L., Comas, X., Reeve, A. and Slater, L., Eds, Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Geophysical Monograph 184, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 289-298

    Kettridge, N., Comas, X., Baird, A., Slater, L., Strack, M., Thompson, D., Jol, H. and Binley, A., 2008, Ecohydrologically-important subsurface structures in peatlands are revealed by ground-penetrating radar and complex resistivity surveys, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, G04030, doi:10.1029/2008JG000787

    Comas#, X., Slater, L. and Reeve, A., 2008, Seasonal geophysical monitoring of biogenic gasses in a northern peatland: implications for temporal and spatial variability in free phase gas production rates, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, G01012, doi:10.1029/2007JG000575

    Slater, L., Comas*, X., Ntarlagiannis*, D. and Roy Moulik*, M., 2007, Resistivity-based monitoring of biogenic gasses in peat soils, Water Resources Research, 43, W10430, doi:10.1029/2007WR006090

    Comas#, X. and Slater, L., 2007, Evolution of biogenic gasses in peat blocks inferred from noninvasive dielectric permittivity measurements, Water Resources Research, 43, W05424, doi:10.1029/2006WR005562

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