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. While Anne was on the faculty of UNC Charlotte from 2007-2012, she became convinced that urban watersheds were fascinatingly complex and worthy of more scientific attention. In 2012, she joined the faculty at Kent State University as part of a cluster hire focused on urban water and ecosystems. She was tenured and promoted in 2016. For 2016-2017, Anne was a Public Engagement Fellow as part of the American Association for Advancement of Science Leshner Leadership Institute. 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.
Students interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D in Applied Geology starting in fall 2019 who have research interests in urban hydrology or geomorphology should peruse this site and the Department of Geology web pages, then contact Anne for more information. Anne and her collaborators currently have graduate assistantships (mixture of TA and RA funding) for two graduate students to work on stormwater hydrology and ecology. Please review the details and consider applying.
Hayley Buzulencia is an M.S. student in the Watershed Hydrology Lab. Hayley’s research focuses on sulfur dynamics in an urban wetland. She is co-advised by Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Mount Union in Spring 2015. In summer 2016, Hayley worked on her research and served as a hydrology intern for Cleveland Metroparks. In summers 2015 and 2017, she worked for Ohio EPA. Hayley now works as a lab technician for Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona.
Mary Plauche joined the Watershed Hydrology lab in Fall 2017, after earning her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Georgia College. Mary’s thesis research focuses on how urban infrastructure influences the spatial and temporal variability of chloride and nitrate in headwater streams. Her work is supported by a GSA student research grant, the Department of Geology, and the Kent State University Research Council.
Catherine Ruhm joined the Watershed Hydrology lab in Fall 2016, after earning her undergraduate degree in geology from Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania. Catherine’s research focuses on soils and geomorphology of abandoned surface mines now located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Catherine is co-advised by Dr. Chris Blackwood in Biological Sciences and her work is supported by a GSA student research grant, funds from the Kent State Environmental Science and Design Research Institute and in-kind support of CVNP. In summer and fall 2018, Catherine is a Geoscientist-in-the-Park at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Jeff Timmons joined the Watershed Hydrology lab in Fall 2017. Jeff has an undergraduate degree in Geology from Kent State University. Jeff’s thesis research focuses on lake effect precipitation and snow as drivers of spatial variability in surface and groundwater isotopes in northeastern Ohio. Jeff’s work is supported by a GSA student research grant and a grant from the Kent State Geology department.
Kyle Tobias is an undergraduate geology major at Kent State University who has been a field and lab assistant to the Watershed Hydrology group since January 2017. Kyle worked as a hydrology intern for the US Geological Survey in the summer of 2018.
Garrett Blauch earned his M.S. degree in Geology in August 2018. Garrett’s thesis focused on the abundance, mobility, and geomorphic effects of wood in urban streams in the Cleveland area. Garrett’s work was supported by a GSA Student Research Grant and grants and scholarships from Kent State Geology. Garrett now works for Clean Water Services in Tualatin, Oregon as a geomorphologist/GIS specialist.
Laura Sugano earned her M.S degree in Geology in May 2018. Laura’s research focused on comparing the hydrologic and water quality effectiveness of bioretention cells and green roofs. Her work was supported by Cleveland Metroparks. She was co-advised by Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello. Laura works as a staff assistant geologist for Roux Associates in the greater Chicago area.
Pedro Avellaneda was a post-doctoral researcher in the Watershed Hydrology group from February 2016 to August 2017. Pedro has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and is a research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering at the National University of Colombia.
Eric Traub earned his M.S. degree in Geology in May 2016. Eric’s thesis focused on understanding how acid mine drainage precipitate affects groundwater-stream interactions and how those interactions affect mineralogical transformations in the precipitate. He was co-advised by Dr. David Singer. Eric worked for the US Geological Survey in Oklahoma as a hydrologist from 2016-2017 and now works for Wood in Denver as a hydrogeologist.
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. She presented her research at the 2014 GSA conference and a CUAHSI virtual conference in 2013. After graduating from Kent State, Allison did her MS at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She now works for Navarro Inc., as a hydrogeochemist contractor for the US Department of Energy.
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 AECOM in Long Beach, California.
Sean Robertson was an undergraduate Geology major at Kent State University who contributed to field and laboratory activities in 2014. He is now a scientist at the South Florida Water Management District.
Sidney Bush joined the watershed hydrology lab as an ecology REU student for the summer of 2014. She presented her research on bioretention cell soil moisture dynamics at the 2014 AGU conference. After finishing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, she is now a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Fall 2015.
Jillian Sarazen 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. She presented her research at the 2016 IAGLR conference. Jillian graduated from Oberlin College in May 2016. She is now a graduate student at the University of Vermont.
Cody Unferdorfer was an undergraduate geology major assisting with laboratory and field work, including stable isotope analyses, for 2015-2016.
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 is a Wetland Ecologist for the State of Vermont.
- Mackenzie Osypian completed her M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in spring 2013, and she works as an environmental engineer for the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Alea Tuttle completed her degree M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in summer 2012, and she now works for Clearwater Environmental, in Asheville, North Carolina.
- Brandon Blue completed his M.S. degree in Earth Sciences in summer 2012 and he now works as an environmental manager for CEMEX 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.