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Welcome to FEREL

The Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Ecology Lab (FEREL) in The Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources is located on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. We study the factors that control the structure and function of natural and managed forest ecosystems and use this knowledge to develop tools and methodologies to help restore forest ecosystems.

We are currently conducting research on a variety of different topics, from the impacts of hemlock wooly adelgid on hemlock forest ecosystems of the Central Appalachians to the role of urbanization and agriculture on riparian forests and stream ecosystems of Ohio. We also have an active research program in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Seney National Wildlife Refuge on restoring fire-dependent conifer forests of the northern Lake States. Finally, we are the lead institution, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station for the Lake States Fire Science Consortium funded by the Joint Fire Science Program. 

Want to learn more? 

For more information about our research and outreach activities, as well as interest in possibly joining the lab, please feel free to contact Dr. David Hix ( or 614-292-1394)