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  1. Andrea Leiva Soto with her advisor, Dr. Doug Doohan, highlighting key findings and facilitating discussion with participants on an organic vegetable on-farm trial. Photo Credit: Stephanie Short

    Reverse Field Tour Engages Stakeholders in Soil Health Research

    Sep 18, 2018

    Stakeholders played a key role in the reverse field tour held on soil balancing last month at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. Hosting the unique two-day experiential field tour were a team of faculty and staff in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Agricultural Technical Institute at The Ohio State University.  The field tour is part of a USDA NIFA funded project to advance understanding of soil balancing methods and outcomes.

  2. A Sept. 20 talk at the annual Farm Science Review trade show will look at Ohio’s reptiles and amphibians, such as the leopard frog shown here, and how they help farmers and gardeners. (Photo: Getty Images.)

    Like Good Neighbors, Frogs and Toads Are There

    Sep 17, 2018

    The calls of gray tree frogs remind Marne Titchenell of “summer evenings spent outside watching lightning bugs.” Her favorite snake is the eastern hognose. “It actually plays dead like an opossum,” she says.   But she can’t choose a favorite salamander: “They’re all incredible.” Titchenell is a wildlife specialist with The Ohio State University, and on Sept. 20, she’ll share what she loves about reptiles and amphibians, including why they’re good to have as neighbors, at the annual Farm Science Review trade show near London, Ohio.

  3. The Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) Lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is pleased to announce the opening of their new lab space and to share some exciting new resources and opportunities.

    New Developments and Opportunities with the ESS Lab

    Sep 10, 2018

    The Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) Lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is pleased to announce the opening of their new lab space and to share some exciting new resources and opportunities.

  4. TWEL and SENR Presentations and Posters

    Sep 5, 2018

    List of presentations and posters at the 25th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, October 7-11, 2018 in Cleveland, OH by wildlife faculty, staff and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources' Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab. 

     

    TWEL Contributed Papers

    10/8/18            White-Tailed Deer I

  5. Ohio State News features research led by faculty member Suzanne Gray on algae’s impact on walleye vision recently published in the journal Conservation Physiology.

    Study finds that algae a threat to walleye vision

    Aug 28, 2018

    Ohio State News features research led by faculty member Suzanne Gray on algae’s impact on walleye vision recently published in the journal Conservation Physiology.  Gray, is an assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.  Vision serves as a primary tool for survival for many fish – leading them to food and away from predators.  The study found a decrease of more than 40 percent in the fishes’ ability to see in water clouded by simulated algae as opposed to water equally clouded by sediment. The findings have implications for fish populations living in turbid waters throughout the world, especially those with algal blooms.

      Ohio State doctoral student Chelsey Nieman and undergraduate students Andrew Oppliger and Caroline McElwain also worked on the study.  The research was supported by Ohio Sea Grant. Read more about this research in the news release written by Misti Crane here.
  6. Assistant Professor Chris Tonra was the featured speaker for Columbus Science Pub on August 22.  Photo credit: Tricia Tonra

    Talk highlights magnificent journey

    Aug 27, 2018

    Migratory birds of the Western Hemisphere, many of which will stop and recharge in Ohio as part of their epic journey south for the winter, was the focus of a talk by Chris Tonra, assistant professor of Avian Wildlife Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at last week’s Columbus Science Pub held on the patio at COSI.  The talk, The Feathered Superhighway Over Our Heads, was featured in the August 23rd Columbus Underground article, “OSU Professor Discusses Ohio’s ‘Feathered Superhighway’ at Columbus Science Pub” written by Jesse Bethea. 

  7. Dr. Mažeika Sullivan co-author on invited chapter in upcoming textbook aimed at undergraduate and graduate students.

    Faculty Member Contributes Invited Chapter in New Ornithology Textbook

    Aug 7, 2018

    Along with Dr. Kerri T. Vierling (University of Idaho), Dr. Mažeika Sullivan has recently contributed an invited chapter to Ornithology: Foundation, Analysis, and Application, an upcoming textbook aimed at undergraduate and graduate students. Vierling and Sullivan's chapter "Ecosystem and Landscape Management and Planning" overviews current challenges in bird management at ecosystem to landscape scales, including case studies in aquatic ecosystems, coniferous forests, and grasslands. Additional considerations include cultural perspectives in management, management across the life cycle and across political boundaries, and alternative management strategies. 

  8. NIFA Invests in Research to Guide Agroecosystem Sustainability and Resilience

    Jul 30, 2018

    Robyn Wilson, an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University is the principal investigator of a newly funded project, “Regional Integrated Modeling of Farmer Adaptations to Guide Agroecosystem Management in a Changing Climate.”  The $1.1 million investment by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will elevate the capacity of decision makers in the eastern Corn Belt Region (ECBR) to adapt to an increasingly variable climate and the associated changes that this increased variability may bring. The research will identify how changing seasonal and extreme precipitation patterns induce changes in ECBR land use and management patterns due to adaptations by heterogeneous farmers and the broader human system. The results will help to guide more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems across the nation. Co-principal investigators and collaborators on the project are Kai Zhao of SENR, Elena Irwin, Yongyang Cai and Alan Randall of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics; Bryan Mark, Jason Cervenec and Aaron Wilson of Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; and Greg LaBarge of OSU Extension. 

  9. Professor Lal with the Rector of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.

    Medal of Honor Recognizes Scientific Impact

    Jul 30, 2018

    On July 24, the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) recognized Professor Rattan Lal with the UIMP Medal of Honor for his outstanding academic merit.  The Medal of Honor recognizes Professor Lal for his defense of the environment and his work on soils as a living body and a key element in global change.

    Professor Lal received the Medal of Honor during a ceremony held at the course III Environmental School Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation at the Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain.

  10. Research on public support for Endangered Species Act focus of article

    Jul 30, 2018

    An article in The Conversation written by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Jeremy Bruskotter and Ramiro Berardo at The Ohio State University and John A Vucetich, a professor at Michigan Technological University addresses the recent proposal by the Trump Administration to severely curtail the scope of the Endangered Species Act. The article discusses criticism of the Act and explores:  Is public support for the Act declining? And if so, why?  The article draws on newly published research by the authors in Conservation Letters.

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