Dr. Michael C. Slattery
Research and Teaching Interests
I am currently Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies. My research focuses on the dynamics of fluvial systems, particularly human impact to coastal plain rivers and sediment pathways. We recently completed a terrestrial laser scanning study on high-energy, steep headwater channels in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. In 2007, I testified before the U.S. Congress on mercury contamination from coal-fired power plants and I serve on the editorial boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and AIMS Energy. Since 2008, I have been the lead scientist on the TCU-Oxford-Nextera Energy Resources Wind Research Initiative (www.wind.tcu.edu), a five-year, $5 million research grant focused on the environmental, socio-economic, and carbon impacts of building large-scale wind farms in the U.S. I have worked in diverse landscapes ranging from the Namib Desert in southern Africa to the cloud forests of Costa Rica where, in 2008, we established a research station near Monteverde. I have also led several biodiversity and conservation programs in Costa Rica (e.g. the Green Macaw Protection Initiative) and in South Africa (e.g. the TCU Rhino Initiative). I have written more than 80 scientific articles and published four editions of Contemporary Environmental Issues (Slattery publications).
I teach a freshman course on environmental issues and upper-level courses on soils, hydrology, geomorphology, and climate.
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