Anne Jefferson

Anne Jefferson

Earth Sciences
Professor & Assistant Chair
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Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
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Research in my lab focuses on watershed hydrology and geomorphology in human-altered landscapes. Current projects focus on plastic pollution and anthropogenic litter, stormwater management, urban stream geomorphology, and ecological restoration. Much of my research is field-based, but my group also makes use of laboratory experiments, stable isotope analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and hydrologic modeling. For more information, please see my website.

After 11 years of excellent service in the Department of Earth Sciences, Professor Anne Jefferson will be leaving Kent State University in early 2023 to pursue an opportunity elsewhere. 



Ph.D. in Geology, Oregon State University, 2006, M.S. in Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2002, B.A. in Earth & Planetary Science, John Hopkins University, 2001


Watershed Hydrology, Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions, Hydrogeomorphology


  • Luce, C., Jefferson, A.J., et al., in press. The effect of climate change and the wildland-urban interface on water, In: Zipperer, W.C., et al. Wildland Urban Interface in the United States: Forests and Rangelands in a Changing Environment. Cham, Switzer
  • CUAHSI Board of Directors and Officers, 2022. COVID‐19 Impacts Highlight the Need for Holistic Evaluation of Research and in the Hydrologic Sciences. Water Resources Research
  • Fillo, N.F.., Bhaskar, A.S., and Jefferson, A.J., 2021. Lawn irrigation contributions to semi-arid urban baseflow based on water-stable isotopes. Water Resources Research. 57(8)
  • Tetzlaff, D., Boyer, E., Doody, T., Jefferson, A.J., Molini, A. 2021. Women Advancing Research on Hydrological Processes: Preface. Hydrological Processes. 35(7)
  • Ruggles, T.A., Gerrath, J.A., Ruhm, C.T*., Jefferson, et al. 2021. Reclaimed surface mines show little progress towards native species forest restoration following 35 years of passive management. Land Degradation and Development. 32(7): 2351-2359
  • Avellaneda, P.M. and Jefferson, A.J. 2020. Sensitivity of streamflow metrics to infiltration-based stormwater management networks. Water Resources Research. 56(7)
  • Bell, C.D., Wolfand, J., Panos, C., Bhaskar, A., Gilliom, R., Hogue, T., Hopkins, K.G., Jefferson, A.J. 2020. Stormwater control impacts on runoff volume and peak flow: A meta-analysis. Hydrological Processes. 34(14): 3134-3152
  • Costello, D., Hartung, E.W., Stoll, J.T., and Jefferson, A.J., 2020, Bioretention cell age and construction style influence stormwater pollutant dynamics. Science of the Total Environment, 712: 135597, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135597
  • Blauch, G. and Jefferson, A.J., 2019., If a tree falls in an urban stream, does it stick around? Mobility, characteristics, and geomorphic ...wood in urban streams in northeastern Ohio, USA., Geomorphology. 337: 1-14.
  • Scarlett, R., McMillan, S.K., Bell, C.D., Clinton, S.M., Jefferson, A.J., and Rao, S. 2019. Influence of Stormwater Control Measures on Water Quality at Nested Sites in a Small Suburban Watershed. Urban Water Journal. doi:10.1080/1573062X.2019.1579347


  • Kent State University Student Accessibility Services, May 2019
  • “Mothers, Mentors, and Muses” award, Kent State University Women’s Center, April 2019
  • Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2016-2017
  • Inclusion in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activity collection, based on review of the “Take A Hike Assignment”, 2013
  • First prize poster: "Hands-on Experiences with Stable Isotopes in the Geosciences Curriculum", 2014, Kent State University 21st Annual Conference Celebrating Teaching


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative