Hello and welcome!

I am a river scientist who is interested in understanding the climatic and human drivers of river systems and flooding. I am based at the School of Geography and the Environment (University of Oxford), a tutorial fellow of Hertford College, an honorary visiting fellow at Loughborough University, and the Chair of the Oxford Water Network, which includes 150 academics across 31 departments, centres and institutes.

I obtained a PhD in Earth and environmental sciences from the University of St Andrews (UK), was a geography graduate student of the Ecole Normale Superieure Lyon (France), and an undergraduate at the Lycee Henri IV Classes preparatoires (Paris, France). My research focuses on attributing and forecasting changes in fluvial systems and hydrological extremes in the context of contemporary shifts in both climate and land cover, over daily to multidecadal timescales. I have a keen interest in developing new computational, data-driven and ensemble-based methods for understanding and projecting fluvial and hydroclimatic change.

On these webpages you will find updates on my current research (below), Publications, Outreach activities, Conference talks, and a short CV. If you are interested in undertaking doctoral or post-doctoral research in any of these areas, please do send me an email or get in touch via Oxford’s Doctoral Training Partnership.


Oxford water network Chair

I’m delighted to announce that I have just taken on the role of Chair for the Oxford Water Network (OWN), which includes 150 academics across the university. The role involves setting the agenda for water research across the University, heading the OWN leadership team, overseeing our events (seminars, conferences, and other activities), and growing the network (partners, members, and beyond). OWN is also one of Oxford’s Networks for the Environment (ONE). Please do reach out if you are interested!

EGU 2019

At the EGU General Assembly in Vienna this year, I will be:

  • Co-convening the oral sessionHydrological extremes: from droughts to floods’ (OralsPosters; HS2.4.1) on Monday 8th April, Orals 8:30-15:45, room B; Posters 16:15–18:00, hall A (unfortunately the poster session overlaps with the short course below)
  • Co-convening the short course ‘Using R in Hydrology‘ on Monday 8th, 16:15-18:00, room -2.16 (basement!). Also presenting a talk on ‘Parallel and HPC computing for hydrologists’.
  • Co-author on ‘Intensity-Duration-Frequency curves at the global scale‘ (Courty et al., EGU2019-2122), on Tuesday 9th, 10:50 am, PICO spot 5b (10:30-12:30) in session HS7.7, Hydroclimatic and hydrometeorologic stochastics.
  • Presenting our recent paper ‘Using R in Hydrology‘ (Slater et al., EGU2019-2823), on Friday 12th, 8:46 am. PICO spot 5b (8:30-10:15) in session HS1.2.7, Innovative methods to facilitate open science and data analysis in hydrology.

Other planned talks for 2019 are listed here.

AGU 2018

I’m excited to present two papers at the AGU Fall meeting in Washington D.C. in December this year –

  • One hydrology paper: Slater, L.J., Anderson B., Blum, A., Archfield S., Attribution of changes in hydrologic extremes to changing land cover, AGU USA →  session H51L: The Role of Data in Understanding and Attributing Changes in Hydrologic Extremes (Friday 14 December, 08:00 – 10:00; H51L-1446)
  • One geomorphology paper: Slater, L.J., Khouakhi, A., Climate modes of variability and fluvial response over interannual to multidecadal timescales → session EP52B: Signatures of Climate Change in Surface Processes I (Friday 14 December, 11:20am,  147A; EP52B-05)

And our exciting session on ‘Flooding and Geomorphology‘:

  • Advances in Incorporating Geomorphology and Flooding: Feedbacks and Impacts on Flood Risk Posters (Monday 10 December, 08:00 – 12:20, Poster Hall A-C; EP11E).