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  1. Tanzania's natural vegetation.

    Stepping Into the Field: Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Local Farmers in Tanzania

    Jan 29, 2018

    Agriculture in Tanzania is composed mostly of small holder farms, which average about 5 acres in size. Though 90% of Tanzanian livelihoods rely on agriculture, land productivity and soil quality have greatly diminished as a result of substandard agricultural practices and unaffordable fertilizers. As soil quality decreases, so do crop yields, contributing to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition in Tanzania and throughout the greater East Africa region.  Steven Doyle, a M.S. student of the School of Environment and Natural Resources, conducted field research on the interaction between agricultural practices, cropping systems, and soil quality in Morogoro - a city in the eastern region of Tanzania - for 2 months in the summer of 2017. The research was a collaboration with the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and supported by the Office of International Programs in Agriculture in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

  2. ​​​​​​​On WOSU: Faculty member joins lawsuit to overturn directive

    Jan 25, 2018

    Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science at The Ohio State University has joined a lawsuit to overturn a new directive from EPA’s director Scott Pruitt that forbids any scientist with EPA funding from serving on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board. According to the WOSU segment with Clare Roth airing on January 25, Wilson has served on the board for two and a half years and is currently collaborating with other scientists on grants funded through the agency. Read and listen to the segment here.

  3. Ohio State research team members at a recent workshop. Photo excerpt from https://www.chronicle.com/paid-article/Life-in-a-deglobalized-world-/92

    Ohio State Experts to Model Life in a Deglobalized World

    Jan 24, 2018

    What would trade wars mean for food, energy and water systems in the Great Lakes Region?  This is one of the questions a team of experts from The Ohio State University will address in a new National Science Foundation grant from the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a research partnership between the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant is expected to exceed $2.4 million over the next three years.  School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Douglas Jackson-Smith and Robyn Wilson are a part of the interdisciplinary team that will model and study the interconnected challenges of living in a deglobalized world.  Read more about the project, how the findings will have implications for farmers and consumers and the team in The Chronicle of Higher Education feature, "Life in a deglobalized world: What would trade wars mean for food, energy and water systems?"

  4. Two New Editions of "Your Pond Update" Released

    Jan 23, 2018

    Two new editions of "Your Pond Update", written by Eugene Braig, (Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director) were released to the Ponds, Fisheries, and Aquatic Management page- one for Autumn 2017 and one for Winter 2018.

  5. Panel on Ecosystems Services Announced

    Jan 19, 2018

    Two School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty members will serve on a university panel on Ecosystem Services. In November 2015, university leaders at The Ohio State University accepted a comprehensive set of sustainability goals developed by the President and Provost's Council on Sustainability. One of the goals under resource stewardship calls for the university to "double the acreage that provides at least two ecosystem services, by 2025."  Matt Davies, assistant professor of soil and plant community restoration and Gregory Hitzhusen, assistant professor of professional practice in the SENR will serve on the panel.  Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) undergraduate major Jimmy Uhland will also serve on the panel.

  6. Vincent Valentino speaks at the EPN breakfast.

    ​Ohio State graduate helps brew an environmentally friendly beer

    Jan 16, 2018

    If you think of green beer, your thoughts might turn to the objectively bad, dyed brew served on St. Patrick’s Day. For the owners and operators of Land-Grant Brewing Company, green beer has a much more thoughtful connotation.  The Columbus-based brewer is aiming to become the most sustainable brewery in Central Ohio, and a graduate of The Ohio State University, who recently spoke at the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Professionals Network is helping them lead the way. 

  7. Wildlife research by Ohio State researchers to be presented at Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Jeremy Bruskotter

    Faculty, Students to Present Research at Annual Fish and Wildlife Conference

    Jan 13, 2018

    Wildlife research conducted by faculty and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will be presented at the 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin later this month.

  8. Accepting applications for 2018 ACRE Internship Program

    Accepting Applications for 2018 ACRE Internships

    Jan 4, 2018

    The Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) is pleased to announce another year of summer internships. Interested undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

  9. Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Newsletter published.

    New Edition of Ohio Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Available

    Jan 4, 2018

    The latest edition of the Ohio Woodlands, Water, and Wildlife Newsletter is available on-line. Learn about the importance of oaks for wildlife and the forest products industry, a new resource for Ohio woodland owners, meet your new natural resource economist and discover the busyness of beaver. 

  10. Algal blooms like this one, in the Olentangy River, might be prevented with new diagnostic tool.

    ​Scientists seek diagnostic tool for harmful algal blooms

    Dec 28, 2017

    Harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams are neither well-understood nor easily predicted, and researchers at The Ohio State University are hoping to change that.  With a three-year $681,343 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a team of Ohio State scientists in the School of Environment and Natural Resources plans to develop a widely applicable system for assessing watershed health and determining when a crisis is looming.

     

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