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Anne’s academic year-end update

Anne on a roof, covered with brown vegetation, dramatic sky

On the (dormant) green roof at Cleveland Metroparks’ Watershed Stewardship Center, April 2015

As I finish my third year at Kent State and prepare to go up for tenure, my work is taking me to exciting new heights. My newest project involves monitoring the hydrologic and water quality performance of different types of green infrastructure for Cleveland Metroparks. I never thought I’d be measuring soil moisture on a rooftop, but here I am. My work on green infrastructure brings with it enthusiastic students and stimulating collaborations with faculty in Biological Sciences, Geography, and Architecture. Kimberly Jarden defended her M.S. in April, and I have two graduate students beginning in the fall. Three more graduate students are close to defending, and I’ve had the pleasure to work with undergraduates Allison Reynolds, Sean Robertson, and Mitch Ladig as well. All of my students joined me at the Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver in October, where we had a total of 7 presentations and a lot of fun. In the fall, I also taught an honors class of Environmental Earth Science, which was a good reminder of the big issues facing our planet and the urgent need for earth scientists to engage with these problems and their potential solutions. In the spring, I was mostly on leave following the birth of my baby boy, but I did manage to get a number of papers and proposals submitted, so it was a productive year in every sense.

[This blurb brought to you by needing to write something for the departmental newsletter.]

Hydro graduate student summer opportunity (neat stuff)

As seen on the NC water-research listserv:

Call for Applications (see attached)
CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative and Northeast Consortium for Hydrologic Synthesis Third Annual Summer Synthesis Institute:
The 20th Century: Relationships Linking Water and People June 1 – July 16, 2010 City University of New York, New York.

We invite you to apply to the 2010 Summer Synthesis Institute funded by the National Science Foundation and the Consortium of Universities Allied for Hydrological Sciences (CUAHSI) and hosted by the CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative and the Northeast Consortium for Hydrologic Synthesis. The Synthesis Institute is a six-week intensive research collaborative that offers advanced graduate students the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the role of humans in shaping the character of hydrologic systems across the Northeast Corridor from 1600 to 2100. The two previous Institutes focused on the colonial era and 19th century.

For further information please visit
Email completed application materials to

Deadline for applications is February 15th, 2010

CUAHSI is the Consortium of Universities Allied for Hydrological Sciences, Inc. representing more than 100 institutions. The Institute is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation under the aegis of CUAHSI.