Leslie Kanat joined the faculty at Johnson State College in 1988. Since then, he has taught a wide variety of computer and undergraduate geology courses at the College and served as chair of the Faculty Assembly for two years. When not in the classroom, Les has conducted geological fieldwork in the Norwegian Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard and the Saualpe of Austria, mapped bryophytes in the high Andes of Bolivia, and worked on underground contaminant releases in the Seward Peninsula of Alaska.
Les received his Ph.D. in the Earth sciences at the University of Cambridge, England, with the support of Fulbright Scholarships. In 2003, he received JSC’s Excellence in Advising award, and in 2004, the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year award.
Les is a science advisor and board member of Fairewinds Energy Education, a board member of the Vermont Geological Society, and a member of the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel. In a recent podcast, Les and fellow Fairewinds board member Arnie Gundersen discussed the impacts of geology on nuclear plants.
Les enjoys scuba diving, travel, and his role as an award-winning volunteer firefighter specialist with the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department. He has served as a school board member for the Mount Mansfield Union High School Board, and he is a husband, father, gardener, builder, photographer and website designer. He also finds time for hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
In addition to his teaching and research at JSC, Les coordinates JSC’s fall EHS Speaker Series as well as the College’s START Biology & Environmental Science Scholarship and START Mathematics Scholarship.