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  1. A new study in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed will look closely at farm fields with elevated phosphorus. The aim: improve Lake Erie’s water quality while maintaining yields of crops. (Photo: Getty Images.)

    New Study Will Track Ways to Cut Runoff from Elevated Phosphorus Fields

    Nov 13, 2018

    Some farm fields in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed have more phosphorus than their crops can use. Called “elevated phosphorus fields,” such fields may be at higher risk of contributing to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. That’s the premise of a new five-year, $5 million study that hopes to learn about those fields and lower that risk by creating new public-private partnerships.

  2. Jo Kingsbury awarded the 2018 International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) scholarship.

    Graduate student awarded Wildland Fire Scholarship 

    Nov 13, 2018

    Jo Kingsbury, a PhD student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at The Ohio State University has been awarded the 2018 International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) scholarship.  Student essays are evaluated by an international panel of fire science experts and one doctoral level recipient is chosen for this prestigious scholarship.

  3. TerrAqua recognized for fforts to improve the environment and educated and empowered others in the community to do the same.

    TerrAqua Receives Civic Engagement Award

    Nov 7, 2018

    TerrAqua received the Rachel Carson Award for Civic Engagement at the 5th Annual Civic Engagement Banquet on Tuesday, October 23. Hosted by the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University the banquet recognizes those in our community making great changes and impacts in civic engagement and service. TerrAqua was recognized for their outreach and enrichment work at Hidden Lake.

  4. New study finds drought-resistant native plant can irrigate food crops

    Nov 7, 2018

    The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions.  Growing these shrubs side-by-side with the food crop millet increased millet production by more than 900 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. A couple of decades have passed since Richard Dick, a soil scientist now at Ohio State, was traveling through rural Senegal in West Africa and noticed low-lying shrubs that seemed to be doing fine despite arid conditions that had wiped out most other vegetation in farmers’ fields.  Read more about this study in the Ohio State News story written by Misti Crane.

  5. Read more about Professor Lal's visit to Caney Fork Farms in the latest edition of the C-MASC newsletter. Caney Fork Farms is headquartered on former Vice President Al Gore's family farm. Professor Lal is shown alongside former Vice President Al Gore on Caney Fork Farms.

    Latest C-MASC Newsletter Available

    Nov 5, 2018

    The latest edition of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center's (C-MASC) newsletter is now available and features updates on honors, presentations and publications and much more.

  6. International scholars at The Ohio State University visited the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Center in Frankfort, KY.   Dr. Ken Semmens explains the function of their hatchery system (October 19, 2018).

    Aquaculture program hosting three visiting scholars

    Nov 5, 2018

    Aquaculture, fish production in controlled environments, is attracting wide international attention as needs for sea food continue to rise, both in industrial and developing countries. Konrad Dabrowski, a professor in fisheries and aquaculture in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, is involved in collaborative research with academics and other organizations in South-East Asia and Africa. Professor Dabrowski is currently hosting three visiting scholars in Ohio State's Aquaculture Laboratory. Join us in welcoming our aquaculture visiting scholars and read more about their expertise and research.

  7. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University, has received the 2018 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences. (Photo: John Rice, CFAES.)

    Ohio State’s Rattan Lal Receives International Agriculture Award

    Oct 29, 2018

    Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University, yesterday (Oct. 28) received the 2018 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). His work focuses on the ability of soil to address such global challenges as climate change, food security and water quality.  The award honors Lal’s “exceptional and significant lifetime achievements” in the agricultural and life sciences, GCHERA officials said. It was presented in a ceremony at China’s Nanjing Agricultural University.  Lal is a faculty member in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He is the director of CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (CMSC), conducts research with support from the college’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, is an adjunct professor with the University of Iceland, and is the current president of the Vienna-based 60,000-member International Union of Soil Sciences.

  8. SENR faculty member Kerry Ard to discuss air quality at 2018 MORPC Sustainability Summit.

    Faculty Member to Discuss Air Quality at Sustainability Summit

    Oct 23, 2018

    Kerry Ard, assistant professor of evironmental and natural resource sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will speak at this week's  Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC) 2018 Summit on Sustainability  The Summit is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable solutions.

  9. New tool developed to guide conservation decision-making

    Oct 23, 2018

    Ohio State scientist, Robyn Wilson is part of a team that has developed a new tool to help guide wildlife conservation decision-making.  The tool, Recovery Explorer addresses a critical challenge faced by conservation agencies - how to conserve and protect as many species as possible from extinction with limited funding and finite resources. The tool was developed in collaboration with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) scientists in a two-year project supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

  10. Photo credit: Eugene Braig

    Upcoming Symposium to Address Innovations in Lake Management

    Oct 23, 2018

    The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) will meet in Cincinnati, Ohio at the end of this month (Oct 30-Nov 2) and seeks to bring together anyone with an interest in managing and protecting lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.  The 38th International Symposium themed, Now Trending: Innovations in Lake Management will feature exhibits, workshops, field trips, social and networking events, and technical and poster sessions. 

    Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems program director serves as Host Committee Co-Chair and Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology serves as a Program Co-Chair.  Both are with the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.

    Online registration for NALMS is closed, but onsite registration for the NALMS Symposium will be accepted starting on October 30 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

    The Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) is holding their annual conference, “Innovation in water Resource Management” in conjunction with the Symposium on Thursday, October 31. Braig serves as Vice President on WMAO’s Executive Board and is the Advisor to TerrAqua, a student affiliate of WMAO at The Ohio State University with an emphasis on the conservation, care, and enjoyment of aquatic and terrestrial environments.