March 17, 2020: Exploring the Interactions between Water, Climate and Communication
Exploring the Interactions between Water, Climate and Communication

On Tuesday March 17, the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) hosted a Zoom Webinar-based program instead of our standard EPN in-person breakfast program. 

This EPN Zoom Webinar-based program, co-hosted with the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO), the Ohio Water Resources Center, and TerrAqua (a multi-disciplinary student organization at Ohio State), occurred through an online format instead of our standard EPN in-person breakfast program.

Numerous research agencies, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program, find that in the U.S. Midwest a variety of weather-related challenges are currently, and will increasingly, impact our local communities through such issues as extreme precipitation events and flooding, decreases in lake ice and snow cover, and increases in urban heat islands and drought These water-climate relationships are complex, dynamic and can be challenging to communicate. Join this program as we learn about the interactions between the water cycle, changing weather patterns, and how to understand and communicate these issues in natural resource management. This program is in alignment with the March 22, 2020 World Water Day theme, which is “about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked.” (learn more at

Thanks to our colleagues at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State for helping to frame this program’s agenda.

This program features: Joe Campbell, Ph.D. director, EPN, Hannah Comune, president, TerrAqua, and Eugene Braig, program director of aquatic ecosystems (SENR) and board president, WMAO, provide welcome remarks and program introduction Bryan Mark, Ph.D., professor, Department of Geography and State Climatologist of Ohio, and Michael Durand, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth Sciences, present on the changing cryosphere in Earth's water cycle Kim Channell, climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments presents Climate Change in the Great Lakes Robyn Wilson, Ph.D., professor, SENR, presents Communicating climate change and promoting action in the Great Lakes Audience Q & A with Dr. Durand, Ms. Channell, and Dr. Wilson Concluding remarks by Jeff Sharp, Ph.D., director, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Karina Peggau, education and outreach program coordinator, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

SENR Seniors 2019

2019 SENR Graduating Seniors share their unique memories and experiences at SENR.

2019 EPN Signature Event: Women in Conservation
2019 EPN Signature Event Overview: Women in Conservation

Ohio State's 2019 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event highlights the role that female conservationists have played in leading humanity’s protection and improvement of natural resources. More details at

This program features: 

Frances Beinecke, former President, Natural Resource Defense Council and Winner of the 2007 Rachel Carson Award
Michelle J. DePass - CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust and a former senior official at the US EPA, including the Office of International and Tribal Affairs Heather Taylor-Miesle - Executive Director, Ohio Environmental Council

ETHOS Episode 1: Prof. Rattan Lal
ETHOS Episode 1: Prof. Rattan Lal

The Center for Ethics and Human Values is proud to announce a new program called ETHOS – Ethics Throughout Ohio State – that highlights the ethical motivations and challenges that underlie much of the cutting edge research being done at The Ohio State University, with the aim of showing how scholars across many disciplines are helping to improve the life of our community. We are honored to have as our first subject Professor Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of Ohio State’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center ( Professor Lal has received numerous international awards for showing how understanding soil is crucial to promoting a healthier environment and more sustainable agriculture. For more information about the Center for Ethics and Human Value, visit

The School of Environment and Natural Resources’ 50-Year Anniversary
The School of Environment and Natural Resources’ 50-Year Anniversary

The School of Environment and Natural Resources’ 50-Year Anniversary

To learn about the School of Environment and Natural Resources 50th Anniversary, visit:

Get Out. Dive In. Apply Today.
Stone Lab - Get Out. Dive In. Apply Today.
Spend one, four or six weeks with us this summer – and earn college credit at The Ohio State University's island campus on Lake Erie - Stone Lab!

Source: Ohio Sea Grant

EPN Autumn 2018 Welcome Back!
Environmental Professionals Network Welcome Back AU 2018

EPN Director Joe Campbell gives overviews of upcoming EPN programs, recaps what was learned at the summer programs, and introduces some exciting changes for EPN.

EEDS sarah

Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major Sarah Fischer discusses why internships have helped her on her career path.  

#WhySeaGrant: Eugene Braig
#WhySeaGrant: Eugene Braig

Ohio Sea Grant's Stone Laboratory is host to a variety of professional development workshops each year, including one that covers the fish sampling techniques used by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Those seeking internships or positions as technicians in either organization learn -- and practice -- the exact skills they'll need, and the agencies benefit by having a better trained workforce. Listen as Eugene Braig explains how students learn outside of the classroom.


Ohio State Capstone Projects Spark Smart Future
Ohio State Capstone Projects Spark Smart Future

The Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major at The Ohio State University prepares students to solve society's current and future sustainability challenges in part through a senior capstone class that involves in-depth, real-world projects related to sustainability. These projects require active collaboration with university, public, and private sector partners, and challenge students to apply all that they have learned. The EEDS capstone has partnered with the City of Columbus Mayor's Green Team to implement the City's sustainability strategic plan, with The Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment to implement the university's sustainability goals, with the City of Worthington to advance its sustainability initiatives, and with the recently launched Smart Columbus project--that involves more than $415 million of public and private support--to transform transportation systems and infrastructure to make Columbus a leading Smart City. Moving forward, a combination of sustainability, business, environmental economics and policy, natural resource management, environmental science, architecture and design, and engineering classes will continue to build this "living laboratory" model to provide students with integrative capstone experiences to culminate their undergraduate work and prepare them for the next steps of their careers. 

The EEDS program is a joint major between the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The EEDS Capstone projects were presented at the Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast on April 18, 2017. The breakfast program, “Columbus, One Smart and Sustainable City – Using Innovative Technology to Improve People’s Access to Opportunity” can be viewed here (

Spring 2017 EEDS Capstone Instructors: Dr. Greg Hitzhusen and Dr. Abdoul Sam