Research presented at Ecological Society of America

Sep. 8, 2016
School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty and graduate students presented their research at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in August 2016. (Image courtesy of Ecological Society of America)

Research conducted by faculty and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in August 2016. The theme of the meeting was “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene” and was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ESA brings together scientists from around the world to promote, communicate and raise awareness of ecological science among scientists, policy-makers and the public.

The meeting opened with a plenary talk by the worldwide Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy, Lynn Scarlett.  Scarlett addressed the intersecting needs of people and nature and the integration of science in decision-making.  

The following faculty and graduate student research was presented at this year’s meeting:

  • The indirect effects of biological invaders as a novel prey for a native predator

Christopher A. Johnson, The Ohio State University; Lauren M. Pintor, The Ohio State University.

  • Adaptive foraging by an invasive filter-feeding consumer alters the indirect effects of a native predator on stream resources

Lauren M. Pintor, School of Environment & Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and Jeb Byers, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • Direct and indirect impacts of emerald ash borer on forest successional dynamics and non-host species

Charles E. Flower, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; Kathleen S. Knight, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Delaware, OH; Kyle C. Costilow, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Lawrence C. Long, College of Biological Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Joanne Rebbeck, US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Delaware, OH; Christopher J. Whelan, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; Joel S. Brown, Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; Michael Ricketts, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Miquel A. González-Meler, Department of Biological Sciences (MC 066), University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Laudato Si’, Pope Francis, religion and ecologists - new vistas for dialogue, bridge-building and education towards Integral Ecology at Catholic and public Universities.

Leanne M. Jablonski, University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Dayton, OH and Gregory E. Hitzhusen, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

  • Dendroecology and community composition in forests impacted by emerald ash borer-induced ash mortality

Wendy S. Klooster, Entomology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Charles Goebel, School of Environment & Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and Daniel A. Herms, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University / OARDC, Wooster, OH

  • Changes in the ground spider guild community in post-wildfire jack pine forests of northern Lower Michigan

Sarah J. Rose, School of Environment & Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and Charles Goebel, School of Environment & Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH

  • Identifying factors controlling methane emissions across freshwater wetland gradients

Kelly Wrighton1; Garrett J. Smith2; Jordan C. Angle2; Adrienne B.  Narrowe3; Mikayla A.  Borton2; Michael D.  Johnston2; Kay C. Stefanik4; Rebecca A. Daly1; Michael J.  Wilkins5; David Hoyt6; Paula J.  Mouser7; Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic8; Malak M. Tfaily6 and Chris S Miller3. (1)Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, (2)Department of Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, (3)University of Colorado Denver, (4)Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, (5)School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, (6)Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, (7)Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, (8)Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Also at the meeting, Gregory E. Hitzhusen, assistant professor of professional practice co-organized the session, “A Climate-Changing Year Towards an Integral Ecology: Integrating Education, Justice, Faith Community Partnerships, Earth Stewardship, and Public Policy” with Leanne M. Jablonski and Ricardo Rozzi, to discuss how ecologists can engage locally and network to serve society with sound science and communication that addresses climate solutions and protects ecosystems.  Kaitlin Kinney, a graduate student in the school attended the meeting and was selected to serve as a volunteer.

The theme for next year’s meeting of the Ecological Society of America is “Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world” and will meet in Portland, Oregon.  The deadline for proposals for symposia, organized orals and organized posters is September 15, 2016.  View other key deadlines here.