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Ecosystem Science

Ecosystem Science

The field of Ecosystem Science is the study of the multiple components of ecological systems and how those systems interact.  As ecological theories are discovered and developed, they become applied in the overall Ecosystem Science specialization. Ecosystem Science provides the framework for identifying and understanding environmental challenges such as land degradation, water pollution, and loss of species and habitat. Knowledge and theory developed in Ecosystem Science is applied in the Ecological Restoration Specialization.

The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty and the Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Program (ENRGP) at The Ohio State University have strong research programs looking at fundamental processes that occur in ecological systems. Graduate students, supervised by faculty members in this specialization, are trained to carry out applied research on communities and ecosystems. The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park provides SENR  particular strength in the area of wetlands and freshwater ecology.

Active Graduate Advisors:
Konrad Dabrowski
Matt Davies
Scott Demyan
Rachel Gabor
Matthew Hamilton
Rattan Lal
Brian Lower
Steve Lyon
Sayeed Mehmood
Jo Peacock
Risa Pesapane
William Peterman
Lauren Pintor
Kaiguang Zhao

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

2022 Degree Thesis or Dissertation Title
Pace, S. MS

Impacts of spatiotemporal data resolution on monitoring nutrient concentrations and estimating nutrient loads in The Little Auglaize River

L. Rieck PhD Associations between hydrogeomorphic characteristics and biotic community dynamics in urban streams of Columbus, Ohio, USA
K. Travonya MS Variability in Invertebrate Trophic Networks along Stream Nutrient Gradients
M. Zapata MS Spatial and temporal variability in aquatic-terrestrial trophic linkages in a subtropical estuary

*OhioLink articles available to current OSU students, faculty and staff
**Student advised by SENR faculty in other OSU graduate programs