School of Environment and Natural Resources

The many faces of the School of Environment and Natural Resources invite you to discover our extension and outreach programs, our multiple research locations, the academic programs our students are engaged in, and the research being conducted by our faculty. Let this site be your guide in your discovery through this amazing school- it is our passion to help you find your fit at The Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources and make your SENR experience exceptional.  En Español


  • A tree swallow perches atop a constructed nest box at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in central Ohio. Photos by Joseph Corra

    City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality.  “With urbanization expanding worldwide, we are transforming the landscape. And this isn’t going away,” said lead author Mažeika Sullivan of the new study featured in Ohio State News Sullivan is the director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State. “My lab is looking at how urbanization affects multiple responses of ecosystems – what those changes are and quantifying them, but also seeing what this tells us about how we can manage and conserve ecosystems and wildlife in this context.

  • Photo by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES, 2014.

    “Initially, I wasn’t sure how much I liked teaching,” CFAES faculty member Suzanne Gray said in a 2018 interview, just after receiving a prestigous teaching award. “I think it’s something I grew into as I saw how I could help provide students with experiences they might never have had.” Gray did that interview after receiving the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from The Ohio State University, Ohio State’s highest recognition for teaching excellence. Now, two years later, the quality of her teaching has been honored again. On Nov. 4, Gray, who is an associate professor of aquatic physiological biology in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), was named a winner of the Early Career Teacher Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The national award goes to new teachers in higher education—ones with no more than seven consecutive years of experience—who demonstrate “a commitment to a career in teaching” and who exhibit “meritorious teaching.”

  • Solar Array

    Graduate students in a boot camp for a new Ohio State sustainable energy program faced a timely challenge: How has the pandemic changed energy production and consumption, and how can we make use of or leverage those changes for driving future energy use?  Jaden Tatum in agricultural engineering and Brian Capobianco in environment and natural resources worked together on one of the bootcamp teams in the new interdisciplinary graduate traineeship program, “Convergent Graduate Training and EmPOWERment for a Sustainable Energy Future.” They examined the energy and environmental benefits of remote work or a hybrid work model and how to convince or incentivize corporate decision-makers to allow work-from-home flexibility moving forward.


The Legacy of Dr. Rattan Lal - Borlaug Dialogue Side Event
The Legacy of Dr. Rattan Lal
EPN Virtual Event 8.11.20 Talking Trash: A Primer on Central Ohio's Waste Stream
EPN Virtual Event - August 11, 2020