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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

Ashlee Balcerzak Undergraduate Researcher.
Undergraduate Researcher of all things Water

Undergraduate researcher, Ashlee Balcerzak changed her major. A class at Stone Lab helped her realized the importance of water quality and ecosystem issues we face. As a result of that class she changed her major to Environmental Science specializing in water science with Dr. Steven Lower. She presented Use of Magnetic Bacteria to Remove Phosphorus from Eutropic Waters at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. This video tells more about her research and the passion she has in helping others through her science.

Stone Lab Student Spotlight: Adam Cupito
Research Experience at Stone Lab

Adam Cupitois is a junior majoring in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife. He was selected for Stone Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program, which pays for students’ tuition, room and meals for one of the lab’s five-week courses. Hear about his experiences at Stone Lab and learn how it impacted his studies.

On-Field Ohio: Updating Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index
On-Field Ohio: Updating Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index

Maintaining soil phosphorus levels in accordance with the research-based Tri-State Fertility Recommendations helps lower the concentration of phosphorus in agricultural runoff, according to ongoing research by SENR research scientist Libby Dayton. Because erosion matters, the phosphorus associated with eroded soil can be curtailed by reducing soil disturbances such as tillage and by maintaining field cover either as crop residue or as a growing crop, she said. Through her On-Field Ohio project, she’s working to update and revise the Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index, an online tool that farmers can use to determine — and, if necessary, reduce — the risk of phosphorus being washed off their fields into water.

Read more about her research in the OARDC Report.

Assessing Sustainability Capstone Course Ohio State University
Assessing Sustainability Capstone Course
Published on May 13, 2016
Nine student research teams from The Ohio State University presented their projects at the April 12, 2016 Environmental Professionals Network breakfast held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The breakfast program focused on sustainability success with Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther presenting the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards and featured an expo with projects by nine teams of students in the Assessing Sustainability capstone course. The course is required of students in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major. The teams developed the projects specifically to support Ohio State’s new sustainability goals. Hear more about these projects and the course from students, faculty instructors and directors from the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Office of Energy and Environment.
Produced by Production Partners Media - Video Production Columbus Ohio
Stone Lab Student Spotlight: Jeffry Hayes
Tracking his Passion at Stone Lab
Jeffry Hayes is a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife. For Hayes, spending time with the subjects he was interested in outside of the classroom was a big part of the appeal of Stone Lab summer classes. Hayes landed a spot as a 2015 REU student in herpetology.
“Every day we’re out in the field. We’re collecting data. We’re collecting animals and studying animals.”
Jeffry Hayes
Jeffry Hayes kept a log during his 2015 herpetology REU. Click here to track his passion.
CFAES We're The Ones
CFAES We're The Ones

Hear from students on what makes attending the School of Environment and Natural Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences so exciting and rewarding!

Save Our Soils seminar 2015 - Briefing 3 with Prof. Ratan Lal, Ohio State University USA
Save Our Soils seminar briefing with Prof. Rattan Lal

This event briefing was produced by The Organic Stream in Malmö, Sweden at Save Our Soils seminar November 2015. Watch the full version at
This event briefing is made possible by SIANI.