Feb 5, 2018
How certain natural microbes can help crops grow better and faster. How to make contaminated soils, sometimes present in cities, healthy for urban farming. How a new perennial grain could have double uses, as food for people and forage for livestock, and also double benefits, helping soil and water. Those will be some of the topics when experts from The Ohio State University join the speaker lineup at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, Feb. 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center. Called Ohio’s largest conference on sustainable food and farming, the event offers nearly 80 hour-and-a-half workshops on organic farming and related topics, including 10 with speakers from Ohio State. One track of workshops is especially for beginning farmers.
Feb 2, 2018
Today, February 2nd is World Wetlands Day! Wetlands are important landscape features that provide numerous beneficial services for people and wildlife. For example, wetlands protect and improve water quality, provide flood protection, and harbor high levels of biodiversity. This year’s theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”: http://www.worldwetlandsday.org. Did you know we have our own internationally-recognized urban wetland complex on the north end of The Ohio State University's Columbus campus? At the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP), we integrate teaching, research, and outreach on water quality in wetlands as well as in streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal ecosystems. Find out more about the ORWRP here.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 4, 2018
The Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) is pleased to announce another year of summer internships. Interested undergraduates are encouraged to apply.