Anne Jefferson grew up on the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota and spent summers on Lake Superior. These two places imbued her with a love of water and the dynamic way it shapes landscapes. Anne completed her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Geology from Oregon State University. Anne moved to Kent State University from UNC Charlotte, where she was on the faculty from 2007-2012. You can read more about Anne’s background in her CV and you can learn more about her research and teaching by browsing this site. Contact Anne.

Post-doctoral Scholar Coming Autumn 2015 – stay tuned!



Students interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D in Applied Geology starting in fall 2016 who have research interests in urban hydrology, groundwater-stream interactions, or watershed hydrology should peruse this site and the Department of Geology web pages, then please contact Anne for more information.

Hayley Buzulencia joined the lab as a M.S. student in fall 2015. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Mount Union in Spring 2015. Hayley spent the summer interning with the Ohio EPA water quality division.

Laura Sugano joined the Watershed Hydrology lab as a M.S. student in fall 2015. She comes to us from Illinois State University. Laura spend the summer doing speleothem research with the USGS in Denver, Colorado.

Stuart BakerStuart Baker is an M.S. student in Geology at Kent State University. Stuart’s thesis focuses on understanding the evolution of hyporheic exchange and nutrient uptake in restored streams. His work is supported by a grant from the USGS, through the Ohio Water Resources Center. Originally from Washington state, Stuart’s undergraduate degree is from Montana State University. Stuart is spending summer 2015 as a NAGT research intern with the USGS in Denver, Colorado.


Krista BrownKrista Brown is an M.S. student in Geology at Kent State University. Krista’s thesis focuses on groundwater-stream interactions in a post-dam removal environment. Krista’s undergraduate degree is from Kent State University in Conservation Biology. Krista recently started working for ARCADIS in Akron as a staff geologist. She’ll be defending her M.S. thesis mid-summer 2015.





Cody Unferdorfer is an undergraduate geology major assisting with laboratory work, including stable isotope analyses, during the 2015-2016 academic year.



Kimberly Jarden earned her M.S. degree in Geology in April 2015. Kimm’s thesis focused on assessing impacts of green infrastructure retrofits for suburban streets in Parma, Ohio. Her work was supported by Cleveland Metroparks and the US EPA. Kimm is a Senior Sustainability Specialist in the Global Sustainability Department at Goodyear in Akron, Ohio.

Allison Reynolds earned her B.S. in Geology in May 2015. Allison ran the isotope lab and completed independent research on isotopic variability of precipitation in the eastern Great Lakes Region. In Fall 2015, Allison began graduate school at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Darren Reilly completed his M.S. in Geology in April 2014, co-supervised by Anne Jefferson and David Singer. Darren’s thesis research focused on sources of groundwater contamination for residential wells in northeastern Pennsylvania. He currently works for Eclipse Resources in State College, Pennsylvania.

Sean Robertson was an undergraduate Geology major at Kent State University who contributed to field and laboratory activities in 2014. He is now a hydrogeologist at Eagon and Associates in Columbus, Ohio.

Sidney Bush joined the watershed hydrology lab as an ecology REU student for the summer of 2014. After finishing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, she’ll be heading to the University of Colorado to begin a MS degree in Fall 2015.

Jillian Sarazen is a senior at Oberlin College. She worked with the Watershed Hydrology lab in the summer of 2015, as part of the REU program. Her research focused on water quality effects of a green roof.

Anne had six students complete M.S. degrees at UNC Charlotte.

  • J. Brock Freyer completed his M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in spring 2013, and he works for exp Global, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Mackenzie Osypian completed her M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in spring 2013, and she works for Hart and Hickman in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Alea Tuttle completed her degree M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in summer 2012, and she now works for Wildlands Engineering in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Brandon Blue completed his M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in summer 2012 and he now works for PortMiami in Miami, Florida.
  • Ralph McGee completed his M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in spring 2011, and he works for Hart and Hickman in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Cameron Moore completed his M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in spring 2011, he works for Apex Environmental in Mooresville, NC.