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SENR Graduate Specialization in Ecological Restoration
Ecological Restoration (photo credit: Charles Goss)

Ecological Restoration

The field of Ecological Restoration is the study of restoring, revitalizing and reusing land and water bodies along with their plant and animal growth based on ecological principles.  The goal is to restore the ecological processes to enable the ecosystem to change and adapt as environmental conditions change.  Ecological Restoration is built on ecosystem theory, but is focused on creating and restoring viable and productive ecological systems.

The highly diverse expertise of the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty covers all the essential fields of study for an advanced degree program with emphasis in Ecological Restoration.  This area of specialization is further supported by SENR’s strong programs in forest science, wildlife and fisheries science, soil science, wetland science and the environmental social sciences.

Active Graduate Advisors:

Nicholas Basta
Konrad Dabrowski
Matt Davies
Scott Demyan
Stacey Fineran
Rattan Lal
Brian Lower
Jo Peacock
Lauren Pintor
Brian Slater
Elizabeth Toman

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

2022 Degree Thesis or Dissertation Title
S. Mohamed MS

Assessing Vulnerability and the Potential for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Sudan’s Blue Nile Basin

N. Wanderson MS

Goat Browse Selectivity and Economic Performance During Conservation Grazing in an Invaded Oak-Hickory Forest

C. Davis MS

Impact of Fuel Management Strategies on Potential Fire Behavior in the Heathlands and Moorlands of North-West Europe

S. Francino MS Variation in Pawpaw (Asimina triloba L. Dunal) Productivity and Fruit Quality Among Cultivars and Orchards in Ohio
J. Reding MS Rock Climbing or Lichen Climbing? How Rock Climbing Impacts Bryophyte and Lichen Communities Within the Red River Gorge
J. Slater MS

Historical Land Use Changes and Hydrochemical Gradients In Ohio’s Sphagnum-Dominated Peatlands

*Ohio Link articles available to any current student, faculty, or staff member at The Ohio State University
**Students advised by SENR faculty in other graduate programs at The Ohio State University