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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

J.R. Slosson

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Graduate Student

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Background and Research Interests

J.R. is broadly interested in research questions involving water availability and quality. His current research ranges from studying the impacts of receding glaciers on water resources in the Andes Mountains of Argentina to chloride transport and storage in urban watersheds from the use of road salt as a deicing agent. J.R. employs techniques from the fields of hydrogeology and geomorphology in his research, including ion chromatography and cosmogenic radionuclide analysis.

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 firm in New York City 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, engineers, and others in an interdisciplinary effort to study important water-energy issues in the twenty-first century.

In his spare time, J.R. enjoys climbing, hiking, and running. He has completed ascents of the 58 Colorado Fourteeners and the 115 High Peaks of the Northeastern US and is a six-time Boston Marathon finisher.