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A Blackcountryman by birth, Fred Slater has lived and worked in Wales for over 50 years. After gaining his BSc (Hons) in Botany from The University College of Wales Aberystwyth, he returned to the West Midlands to teach Biology at the then Darlaston Grammar School. Having concurrently gained his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (University of London) and an MSc in Peatland Ecology (University of Wales) he returned to Aberystwyth as Demonstrator (Assistant Lecturer) in Ecology in the Department of Botany and Microbiology allowing him to study for his PhD into the ecology of Cors Fochno (Borth Bog) and other Welsh peatlands.
In 1974 he left Aberystwyth and crossed the Cambrian Mountains to Newbridge-on-Wye to become Director of the newly opened Llysdinam Field Centre, then belonging to UWIST, but which, after mergers and institutional name changes, became part of the Cardiff School of Biosciences.
Although currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Cardiff School of Biosciences Fred Slater and Tutor for Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University he is also:
From 1970 Fred Slater worked in the then Department of Botany and Microbiology at what is now Aberystwyth University where he investigated the surface ecology of mid-Wales peatlands. In 1974 he crossed the Cambrian Mountains to take up the position of Director of Llysdinam Field Centre, which became part of the Cardiff University School of Biosciences.
Over the years his research interests have broadened from the purely botanical of his Aberystwyth days, although he has been involved in the description of the only distinct species of native flower plant to be added to the flora of England and Wales in the twentieth century; the description of a new plant association from ephemeral upland pools, and more recently research into biomass crops so retaining his botanical credentials.
Some early opportunistic research in the made it clear how little was known of amphibian distribution and ecology and lead him, with numerous postgraduate and post doc assistants, to explore this avenue of zoology contributing significantly to the literature in this field. With the River Wye flowing almost at the Field Centres' door the "charm" of two both threatened and protected creatures of the river, the otter and the native, white-clawed crayfish have, with the aid of several postgraduates and post docs., been subject to considerable investigative attention. His interests have also ranged from wildlife road casualties to environmental impact assessment, from river habitat restoration to Indus River Dolphins and from ecotourism to biofiltration.
His research interests have also included the production and biodiversity of willow and perennial rhizomatous grasses for biomass; more amphibian, otter and crayfish ecology and conflicts between biodiversity and ecotourism. He is the author of some 200 reports and publications mainly about the ecology of mid-Wales, including two books and chapters in several more. In the 1990s he established at Llysdinam, what is now the “Cardiff University Otter Project” For a full list of publications check his personal website - see above..
Current courses: Peat and Peatlands in Wales
Amphibians in the Environment
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Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Prifysgol Caerdydd | Cardiff University
01 Jan 2011 → …
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