Profile: Lee Slater

Henry Rutgers Professor of Geophysics

Global Urban Studies/Urban Systems Ph.D.

Lee Slater is a professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. He studies groundwater resources and contamination of groundwater using novel sensing techniques akin to medical imaging. He also performs research on carbon gas emissions from wetlands such as the New Jersey Meadowlands. His work is directed towards improving the effectiveness of methods that are designed to clean up contaminated groundwater and to better understand methane releases from wetlands as the climate continues to warm due to increasing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. The sensing techniques he utilizes in his research are minimally invasive and offer the potential of long-term sustainable monitoring of heavily contaminated sites without the risk of exposure of contaminants that comes with invasive investigation methods. Lee also has broad ranging interests in the environmental sciences in general, and his work also crosses over to archaeology, where he applies novel sensing technologies to image buried artifacts and structures. Lee worked closely with Karina Schafer (Biological Sciences) to establish the Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI) on campus in 2015. NESI serves as a portal for interfacing hard science with the social sciences to catalyze collaborative research on pressing environmental issues both regionally and nationwide.

(Photo taken by Lawrence Lerner)

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