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  1. Ruffed grouse. Photo credit: Getty Images

    Could You Find a Partridge in a Pear Tree in Ohio?

    Dec 18, 2018

    In the holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” someone’s true love gives them ... quite a few birds.  Given that the song has European roots — it came from France, apparently, and was published first in England — does it hold up ornithologically in Ohio?  Do the birds in the song live in the Buckeye State?  Here are answers from experts in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University; and from sources including The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio (2016), which has ties to CFAES too.

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    Real vs. Artificial: Which Tree Is More Sustainable?

    Dec 10, 2018

    When it comes to Christmas trees, a real tree, surprisingly, isn’t always the greenest choice.

    If you buy and use an artificial tree at least four years, its environmental impact equals that of a fresh-cut tree purchased every year for the same number of years, said Elizabeth Myers Toman, an assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

    That’s because each year’s drive to buy a real tree adds to the amount of carbon dioxide and other climate change-causing carbon compounds entering the atmosphere. Buying a plastic tree typically involves one trip to a store, which is usually a nearby retailer, then only annual trips by foot to the attic or basement to retrieve it every December.

  3. Students presenting their campus monitoring findings of bird-building collisions at the 2018 Ohio Avian Research Conference. Photo credit: Casey Tucker.

    Bird-building Collision Monitoring Efforts Recognized

    Dec 5, 2018

    Campus-wide monitoring program to check for bird-building collisions during spring and fall migration developed by the Ornithology Club at The Ohio State University in collaboration with School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty and staff recognized.

  4. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at Ohio State, received the World Soil Prize at a ceremony on Dec. 5, World Soil Day, in Rome. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain. CFAES.)

    Ohio State Scientist Honored on World Soil Day

    Dec 5, 2018

    The way Ohio State University scientist Rattan Lal sees it, many of Earth’s biggest challenges — from growing enough food to protecting water quality to reversing climate change — have answers in the soil.

    As Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES), Lal has spent his career working to find those answers. Along the way, he’s gained a global reputation for his research and advocacy on soil-related matters along with multiple honors and awards.

    His latest recognition, a big one, comes on an appropriate day.

    Today, Dec. 5 — designated by the United Nations as World Soil Day — Lal received the Glinka World Soil Prize in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Named for a prominent Russian soil scientist, the award is considered the highest honor in the soil science profession.

  5. Ohio State News features research on energy-conservation plans

    Ohio State News features research on energy-conservation plans

    Dec 4, 2018

    Ohio State News features new research by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Nicole Sintov and post-doctoral researcher Lee White on utility customers and their decisions to continue to participate in energy-conservation plans.  The research published this month in the journal Nature Energy finds that decisions to stay in time-of-use rate energy programs among utility customers in the southwestern United States is based more on perceptions about savings versus actual savings.

    Read more about the study and findings in the Ohio State News story written by Misti Crane.

  6. Faculty member receives Affordable Learning Exchange grant to create textbook benefiting students and Ohio communities.

    Faculty member creating a digital textbook benefiting students and Ohio communities

    Dec 3, 2018

    Greg Hitzhusen, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources received an Affordable Learning Exchange grant to create a digital textbook that will benefit students and Ohio communities.  The online textbook due out next spring focuses on religion and the environment in America and will be easily accessible to students and faith communities, who have an interest in sustainability and the environment. Students are actively involved in the process of organizing and contributing content for the new book. Read more about the creation of the textbook, how students are involved and why others might consider applying for an ALX grant in the interview with Hitzhusen here.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.