Anna Jessee, Ph.D.


Innovation Hall (IO) 355
(317) 278-1475


I am totally fascinated with the world around us, and I love teaching others about how the Earth works. Pursuing and developing the knowledge of how the Earth behaves in order to help people around the world live with geologic hazards (particularly earthquakes and landslides, in my current research) inspires me!

Find more about the earthquake-induced landslide model I published here:

I teach the following courses:

Geology 107: Earth and our Environment

Geology 110: How the Earth Works!

Geology 130: Earthquakes – Agents of Destruction

Geology 130: Forensic Geology

Geology 132: Environmental Issues and Solutions

Geology 205: Reporting Skills in Geoscience

Geology 413: Introduction to Geophysics

I am also the faculty supervisor for Geology 117: Earth and our Environment Laboratory


  • Postdoctoral Research, Indiana University Bloomington (2017 – 2018)
  • Ph.D., Geology, Geophysics, minor in Geography, Indiana University Bloomington, 2017
  • M.S., Geology, Geophysics, Indiana University Bloomington, 2013
  • B.S., Environmental Geoscience, Concentration in Geophysics, Specialization in Environmental Studies, Michigan State University, 2010

Publications & Professional Activity

Jessee, M.A., Seal, D., Hamburger, M. (2022). Application of Scenario Earthquakes for Analysis of Seismically Triggered Landslide Hazard: A Case Study in Costa Rica. Central American Journal of Geology (Revista Geológica de América Central).

Jessee, M.A, Sherrill, E., Hamburger, M. (2022). Use of scenario earthquakes for seismic hazard assessment in low-seismicity, stable continental regions: a case study from Indiana, USA. Earthquake Spectra.

Jessee, M.A., "Combatting Isolation: Using Simple and Easy to Apply Techniques to Support Student Learning and Connection in Online Classes", Advancing Teaching and Learning Symposium, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, (November 5, 2021).

Jessee, M.A., Hamburger, M. W., Ferrara, M., McLean, A., FitzGerald, C. (2020). A Global Dataset and Model of Earthquake-induced Landslide Fatalities. Landslides.

Seal, D., Jessee, M.A., Hamburger, M. W., Allstadt, K. E. (2020). Comprehensive Global Database of Earthquake-Induced Landslide Events and Their Impacts. U.S. Geological Survey.

Contributed to the 2019 State of Indiana Standard Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan; Earthquake and Ground Failure Sections

Jessee, M.A., Hamburger, M. W., Allstadt, K., Wald, D. J., Robeson, S. M., Tanyas, H., Hearne, M., Thompson, E. M. (2018). A Global Empirical Model for Near-Real-Time Assessment of Seismically Induced Landslides. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

Tanyaş, H., van Westen, C. J., Allstadt, K. E., Jessee, M.A., Görüm, T., Jibson, R. W., Godt, J. W., Sato, H. P., Schmitt, R. G., Marc, O., Hovius, N. (2017). Presentation and Analysis of a Worldwide Database of Earthquake-Induced Landslide Inventories. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 122(10), 1991-2015.

Jessee, M.A. (2017). An investigation of seismic hazard: Using geophysical data to predict the location and impact of earthquake-induced landslides around the globe and to estimate earthquake potential in the Philippines. Indiana University.

Schmitt, R. G., Tanyas, H., Jessee, M.A., Zhu, J., Biegel, K. M., Allstadt, K. E., Jibson, R. W., Thompson, E. M., van Westen, C. J., Sato, H. P., others (2017). An open repository of earthquake-triggered ground-failure inventories. US Geological Survey.

For a full list of publications, please visit


  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers, NAGT
  • Association of Women Geologists, AWG
  • American Geophysical Union, AGU
  • Seismological Society of America, SSA


  • Certificate in Effective Instruction, Association of College and University Educators, August 2020    This certificate signifies completion of a 25-module course in effective teaching practices requiring the implementation of evidence-based instructional approaches. The credential is co-issued by the American Council on Education and distinguishes faculty for their commitment to educational excellence and student success.
  • Course Material Fellowship Program, Indiana University Libraries
  • Community Engagement Associate award for G107 course, Center for Service and Learning