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    Excellence in Community Engagement Recognized

    Apr 16, 2024

    Three programs in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have been recognized as 2024 Programs of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship by the Office of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University. The three programs are led by faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

    Please join SENR in congratulating these three programs >>


  2. Earth Day EPN participants will enjoy a drink prepared from the lowbush blueberry Ohio native plant. (Adobe Photostock image)

    Earth Day program celebrates Ohio’s native plants

    Apr 2, 2024

    April is native plant month. With Ohio being the first state in America to adopt this designation, it only makes sense that native plants take center stage at the April 22 Earth Day celebration by The Ohio State University’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN).

    Titled “Eat This Earth Day!” the program will take place at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road on Ohio State’s campus, from 4:45-7:30 p.m. and virtually, worldwide, through an EPN livestream production. The EPN is a service of the School of Environment and Natural Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  Learn more about this interactive celebration>>

  3. The red panda will be one of the animals studied by CFAES students at the Columbus Zoo. (Getty Images photo)

    Bedtime or go time? Observing what animals do during a total solar eclipse

    Apr 1, 2024

    By: Emily Caldwell / Ohio State News

    When darkness falls on central Ohio during the total solar eclipse on April 8, will animals think it’s time to go to bed? Will they be anxious? Will they care?

    Scientists from The Ohio State University and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are taking advantage of the rare celestial event to find out.

    “It’s a unique opportunity to understand how so many different animals respond to a weird thing,” said Courtney Anderson, a PhD student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) who is spearheading the effort for Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Her counterpart at the zoo is Adam Felts, director of animal well-being. Learn more about this unique opportunity >>

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    SENR faculty member awarded HABRI funding

    Mar 21, 2024

    Yanlan Liu, a faculty member in SENR and the School of Earth Sciences was awarded funding from the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and in partnership with The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo, recently announced the 2024 and 2025 research award winners for HABRI. Learn more about the research funded >>

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    Agriculture Innovation Center to support value-added agriculture in Northeast Ohio

    Mar 21, 2024

    SENR faculty member to direct the new The Northeast Ohio Agriculture Innovation Center with an investment awarded through the USDA Agriculture Innovation Center Program.

    One of Ohio’s most vibrant agricultural regions will be the recipient of a “one-stop shop,” developed by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), to help food, fiber, and fuel value-added agriculture producers set themselves up for success.

    The Northeast Ohio Agriculture Innovation Center (NEO-AIC) is the result of an almost $1 million new grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, with matching in-kind funds of nearly $500,000 from Ohio State. The three-year investment was awarded through the USDA Agriculture Innovation Center Program.

    “Northeast Ohio is a great agricultural region with rich prime soils and is home to a diversity of businesses and farms, including the highest concentration of women farmers and small and medium farms in Ohio,” said Shoshanah Inwood, CFAES program director and rural sociologist. Learn more about the NEO-AIC >>

  6. Award for 2024 CFAES Distinguished Seniors

    Ohio State CFAES names its top seniors

    Mar 6, 2024

    The most prestigious undergraduate award at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will be presented to 23 seniors in April. The Distinguished Senior Award honors top graduating seniors on the Ohio State Columbus campus who exemplify the CFAES mission in areas such as academics and scholarship, research and innovation, service and involvement, and influence and leadership. Find out who will be recognized >>

  7. A colorful wood duck surveys an Ohio marsh habitat. (Photo provided by Ohio Division of Wildlife)

    Gift cements collaborative alliance in wetland, waterfowl, and wildlife ecology

    Mar 4, 2024

    A longstanding partnership and shared vision of protecting, restoring, and enhancing wetland habitat and wildlife is the impetus behind a new gift of $1 million to The Ohio State University.

    The donation from Winous Point Marsh Conservancy of Port Clinton, Ohio, and investment from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife to Ohio State cements a longstanding relationship to support and advance partnership-driven collaborative research and educational opportunities in wetland, waterfowl, and wildlife ecology.

    The gift establishes the Winous Point Wetlands and Waterfowl Endowed Faculty Support Fund and will fuel innovative solutions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management challenges. Learn more >>

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    Transforming the utility of camera traps for conservation research

    Feb 22, 2024

    Many people are aware that camera traps have transformed wildlife research for Whitetail Deer and other large mammals. But what about ectotherms and the vast number of smaller species that aren't usually captured in traditional camera trap studies? Researchers at The Ohio State University, including Greg Lipps, who will be presenting at this year's Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference are leading the way to refine the AHDriFT system that provides extremely valuable data for research, conservation, and management of reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.
    Learn more >>

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    New open access data set available on caregiving

    Feb 21, 2024

    Survey explores relationship between caregiving, economic development, and quality of life

    A year ago Shoshanah Inwood, associate professor of Community, Food, and Economic Development in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University and Fellow of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) and SENR alum Florence Becot, associate professor at Penn State University received support to develop and implement the 2023 NCRCRD Caregiving Survey to better understand who provides child, adult, and elderly care and how caregiving affects economic development and quality of life in the North Central Region. Learn more about the new dataset >>

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    Understanding adoption barriers and optimal use of sustainable energy technologies

    Feb 13, 2024

    Graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) presented their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Convention. The SPSP convention was held in San Diego, CA (February 7-10) and brings together attendees from academia, non-profits, government, and private sectors to present and discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field. Find out what they presented >>