Dr. Leslie Kanat is a geologist with research experience in metamorphic petrology and structural geology. He received his Ph.D. in the Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge and was supported by Fulbright Scholarships. He studied metamorphic rocks in the Norwegian Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, the Saualpe of Austria, and in northern Vermont.
In 1987, Dr. Kanat began teaching freshman geology courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 1988 he has taught a wide variety of undergraduate geology and computer courses at Johnson State College in Vermont where he is currently Professor of Geology, past Chair of the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences and past Chair of the Faculty Senate. He received the Vermont State Colleges Faculty Fellowship awards in 2000 and in 2004, the Johnson State College Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year award in 2004, and the Excellence in Advisor's Award in 2003. He is a current and active member of the Geological Society of America, the National Association of Geology Teachers (past-President of the New England Chapter), and Board Member of the Vermont Geological Society.
Dr. Kanat served on the governing board of the Vermont Chapter of the Fulbright Association and was a volunteer firefighter specialist with the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department (2003 Firefighter of the Year). Since 2007 he has been an active School Board Director for the Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District, and in 2012 was appointed by Governor Shumlin to the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel. He also serves as the scientific advisor for Fairewinds Energy Education Corporation, in Burlington, VT.
Dr. Kanat is currently conducting research with students on the Jeffersonville Vermont Landslide with financial support from a recently completed Vermont Emergency Planning Grant (2016-VGS-LHRM-02). He also recently completed his work as a research scientist on a National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant regarding Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (NSF EPS-1101317). He is the Principal Investigator for a current, large, National Science Foundation grant that provides significant financial support to financially needy and academically talented undergraduate science students (NSF DUE-1153457).
Previous significant grants have included a 1) National Science Foundation EPSCoR Grant to initiate a field research project investigating a newly discovered greenstone body in north central Vermont, and 2) a Vermont Genetics Network Grant to support three students conducting research on Vermont's snow pack and a stream restoration project. He also received support in the following areas related to computer aided instruction: 1) use of multimedia computers for college level mathematics and science courses to allow students to become actively involved in their education (1996, NSF ILI 96-50041), and 2) to develop an integrated, interactive, multimedia, computer-based geoscience curriculum for the nation's middle schools, referred to as the Geoscience Education Through Intelligent Tutors Project (1995, NSF ESISE 94-50251).
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