Academic Profile

Dr Louise Slater is an Associate Professor in Physical Geography; Tutorial Fellow of Hertford College; and Chair of the Oxford Water Network. Before joining Oxford, Louise held Lectureships in Physical Geography at Loughborough University and Queen Mary University of London, and was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, USA.

Louise's research focuses on understanding and predicting changes in fluvial systems and floods in the context of contemporary shifts in both climate and land cover. She has published in the fields of hydrology, geomorphology, and climate, in leading scientific journals such as Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Geology, Water Resources Research, Science, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Journal of Hydrology, and International Journal of Climatology.

Louise is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon (formerly LSH or Fontenay-St-Cloud) and of the Classes Préparatoires at the Lycée Henri IV, France. She holds her PhD from the University of St Andrews and is Editor for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS).

Louise acts as a reviewer for international journals in the fields of river science and flooding and has reviewed grants for various UK bodies. She is a member of several learned societies including the American Geophysical Union, the British Society for Geomorphology, and the British Hydrological Society. Louise is also Outreach Secretary for the British Society for Geomorphology and a Visiting Fellow in River Science at Loughborough University.

Current Research



Louise contributes to three courses for the Preliminary Examination: 'Geographical Controversies', 'Geographical Techniques', and 'Earth Systems Processes'.

At Hertford College, Louise and her colleagues are responsible for teaching students across the entire breadth of geographical topics for the Preliminary Examination and Final Honour School of Geography.


Louise convenes and teaches on the 'Climate and Catchment Processes' module on the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM).

Louise welcomes enquiries from individuals wishing to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral research in the following, or related, areas: flood science, streamflow forecasting, fluvial geomorphology, and data science approaches in hydro-climatology.

Current Graduate Research Students

Bailey Anderson

The effects of land cover changes on streamflow in the United States; a large sample statistical attribution approach.

Marcus Buechel

Comprehending changing climate and landscape influence on hydrological systems

Katie Kowal

Leveraging Drought Prediction for Enhanced Preparedness in the Central American Dry Corridor

Timo KelderUsing large climate model ensembles to quantify and explain climate extremes (Loughborough University)
Jiajun LiExploring uncertainty in stage-discharge rating curves (Loughborough University)

Selected Publications

See ORCiD for up-to-date list. Please contact Louise if you have trouble accessing any of these publications.

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