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John ("J.R.") Slosson

John ("J.R.") Slosson

PhD Student Earth Sciences

011 Heroy GL

Background and Research Interests

J.R. is broadly interested in research questions involving water availability and quality. His current research focuses on changes to water resources as glaciers recede from high mountain catchments in the Andes Mountains and water chemistry in urban streams. J.R. employs techniques from the fields of hydrology and geomorphology in his research, including streamflow and chemistry analysis and the use of cosmogenic radionuclides to understand sediment flux in mountain watersheds.

J.R. received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He spent five years practicing law with a prominent New York City firm before returning to academia to pursue his PhD. As an attorney and scientist, J.R. is particularly interested in the intersection of science and informed policymaking. J.R. is also an Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research (EMPOWER) NSF Research Traineeship Fellow at Syracuse ( This program joins scientists and engineers in an interdisciplinary effort to study important water-energy issues in the twenty-first century.

In his spare time, J.R. enjoys climbing, running, and hiking in the mountains of the Northeastern US and Colorado. He has completed ascents of the 115 High Peaks of the Northeastern US and is a five-time Boston Marathon finisher.

JR mountain climbing