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  1. Grant from Feed a Bee used to Establish Pollinator Habitat on Pipeline Rights-of-Way in Eastern Ohio.

    SENR’s Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab Contributes to 50-State Milestone for Nationwide Forage Initiative

    Mar 28, 2019

    The Terrestiral Wildlife Ecology Lab (TWEL) in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is creating diverse food and habitat areas for honey bees and other pollinators. These efforts are contributing nationally to the promotion of new pollinator forage. With TWEL’s help, the Feed a Bee initiative has reached a milestone - funding planting projects in all 50 states to support honey bee health. Gabriel Karns, a visiting assistant professor and his research team used Feed a Bee funds to convert over 20 acres of pipeline corridors to pollinator habitat using Integrated Vegetation Management techniques.

  2. 2019 CFAES Distinguished Seniors

    2019 CFAES Distinguished Seniors Named

    Mar 27, 2019

    Five School of Environment and Natural Resources students have been named a 2019 Distinguished Senior at The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The award winners will be honored at the 2019 CFAES Distinguished Senior Awards Dinner at the Ohio State University Fawcett Event Center on March 27


  3. NBC4 Broadcasts Story on Lights Out Columbus

    NBC4 Broadcasts Story on Lights Out Columbus

    Mar 26, 2019

    Lights Out Columbus – an innovative approach to bird conservation that seeks to reduce bird collision deaths during migration, and help building owners and managers to decrease their energy costs was featured on NBC4 ColumbusMatthew Shumar, program coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative was interviewed for the story, “Group encourages turning lights off to help migratory birds” and highlighted the efforts of a growing number of partners helping to make sure birds are able to safely migrate through Ohio cities at night.

  4. Soil Science Research Day, March 28

    Attend Soil Science Research Day, March 28

    Mar 26, 2019

    Soil science research from across the university will be featured at this week's Soil Science Research Day on March 28 in Kottman Hall.  You are invited to attend the inaugural Soil Science Research Day to promote soil science across all disciplines at the university and to increase awareness of its importance to the environment, society and economy.  Dr. Gary Pierzynski, associate dean for research and graduate education with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will give the keynote address starting at 1:00 p.m. in Kottman Hall 103 with a poster symposium immediately following in Kottman Hall Lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

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  5. Ohio State News on Climate Change Symposium

    Climate Change Symposium focus of Ohio State News Story

    Mar 25, 2019

    The first-ever climate change symposium with more than 200 people in attendance was held on March 22, 2019 at The Ohio State University. The Ohio State News story, “From art to zooplankton: The effects of climate change are far-reaching” provides an overview of the symposium ,which highlighted the ways Ohio State professors and researchers are studying global warming and offering solutions to the problems caused by climate change. Featured in the story are Lonnie Thompson, a climate researcher and distinguished university professor of earth sciences at Ohio State, Jeff Bielicki, a professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, and Robyn Wilson, an associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the full story here.

  6. Urban Coyotes Featured in Ranger Rick

    Mar 25, 2019

    The March 2019 issue of Ranger Rick magazine features an informative article on coyotes living in cities and features the Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project led by faculty member and wildlife expert in the School of Environment and Natural Resources Stan Gehrt. The article provides a glimpse into how he and his team of researchers locate, track and study urban coyotes over time.  Read the story here.

    Ranger Rick is a publication of the National Wildlife Federation. 

  7. 2019 Future Leader in Science Award winner Tania D. Burgos Hernández (center) at the US Capitol Building shown with Gary Pierzynski, associate dean for research and graduate education with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Horticulture and Crop Science undergraduate Rose Vaguedes.

    Graduate Student Wins Future Leader in Science Award

    Mar 19, 2019

    The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) have named the recipients of the 2019 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Future Leaders in Science Award.  Tania D. Burgos Hernández from The Ohio State University is one of 18 graduate student members who received the award in recognition of her interest and engagement in science advocacy. Tania accepted the award at a reception held during the annual ASA, CSSA, & SSSA Congressional Visits Day on March 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

  8. Photo credit: University Communications, Ohio State

    CFAES Loves Its Buckeyes, and Also All Their Friends

    Mar 18, 2019

    Two homes of the Buckeyes were recently honored for how they care for their trees. The Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and the Wooster campus of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) have each been named a Tree Campus USA by the national Arbor Day Foundation.  The designation, given annually, goes to colleges and universities for their commitment to effective urban forest management—for doing the work to have healthy trees where it’s sometimes a challenge to grow them. Recipients have to meet five standards, including having a campus tree advisory committee and a campus tree care plan.

  9. CFAES Impact Story on Pawpaw

    Promoting a fruit few have eaten

    Mar 6, 2019

    Ohio’s little-known, native fruit might gain more notice soon.

    Extension recently launched Marketing and Orchard Resource Efficiency (MORE) Ohio Pawpaw, a statewide, grant-funded effort that teaches farmers how to establish productive pawpaw orchards and find markets for the tropical-tasting fruit. Light green on the outside, a ripe pawpaw is about the size of a large potato. It tastes a little like a combination between banana, mango, and pineapple. It can also be soft like an avocado. Large black seeds have to be nudged out of a pawpaw before the light yellow fruit can be eaten. Though the fruit is not widely known, there’s a pocket of pawpaw fans in southern Ohio, where an annual festival features pawpaw gelato, pawpaw chutney, pawpaw wine, and even pawpaw beer. “I liked pawpaws a lot better the second time I tried them,” said Sarah Francino, a Ohio’s little-known, native fruit might gain more notice soon. CFAES master’s degree student who has tasted and tested many varieties to try to help Ohio farmers determine the best ones to raise and sell. If you’re not keen on how pawpaws taste, you might still be drawn to pawpaw trees for their bright yellowness in the fall, she said. “If you let them grow in the open, in full sun, they form a beautiful pyramid,” said Francino. Francino is working for MORE Ohio Pawpaw, which is spearheaded by Matt Davies, a CFAES assistant professor, and Brad Bergefurd, an Extension horticulture specialist. Read the full story here.

  10. Alumnus Steve Goodwin was recognized with the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award on March 2.

    Steve Goodwin Recognized as Distinguished Alumni

    Mar 4, 2019

    Congratulations to Alumnus Steve Goodwin (BS, Parks Recreation & Tourism Administration), who was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his leadership in the field of natural resources conservation and management at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Awards and Recognition program on March 2, 2019.