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John Slosson

John R. Slosson

Masters Student Earth Sciences

011 Heroy GL

Background and Research Interests

John (“J.R.”) Slosson received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. After five years of legal practice in a prominent New York City law firm, J.R. decided to return to academia to pursue a long-held passion for the natural world and the geosciences at Syracuse University.

J.R. is studying stream erosion rates in the Argentinian Andes using a combination of cosmogenic radionuclides and stream gauge data under the advisement of Drs. Greg Hoke, Laura Lautz, and Chris Johnson. This research will be used to estimate the rate of sediment infill in current and future reservoir projects in the Mendoza and San Juan Provinces. An understanding of these rates is critical to public works planners and policymakers considering the use of such reservoirs as a solution to the widespread retreat of mountain glaciers that have traditionally served as sources of liquid freshwater in the region.

J.R. is also an Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research (EMPOWER) NSF Research Traineeship Fellow at Syracuse ( The EMPOWER program joins scientists and engineers in an interdisciplinary effort to study critical water-energy issues in the twenty-first century. As a former practicing attorney and graduate student in the sciences, J.R. is particularly interested in the intersection of science and informed policymaking.

When he is not in the lab, J.R. likes to spend his spare time in the mountains of the northeastern United States and Colorado. 

J.R. enjoying the summit of Crestone Needle in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range.
J.R. enjoying the summit of Crestone Needle in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range.