SENR News Highlights

June 16, 2020
Early June News Highlights for the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

Early June 2020 News Highlights for the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Find out about recent publications, recognitions and programs offered and much more!

SENR Highlights

Faculty member Rattan Lal was named the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate today! Dr. Lal was awarded the World Food Prize for increasing the global food supply by helping small farmers improve their soil. Join the SENR in congratulating Dr. Lal on this world recognition for his scientific impact on food and agriculture and service to society.  Read the CFAES News Release honoring Dr. Lal.

Please join the School of Environment and Natural Resources in congratulating our faculty who have been promoted! At the June 3 meeting of the OSU Board of Trustees, the following faculty were promoted:

Brian Slater


Jeremy Brooks
Steven Culman  
William Peterman
Kaiguang Zhao

Faculty member Nick Basta has been appointed to the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS) by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  The USNC/SS represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). Its function is to provide advice to the National Academy of Sciences, serve as a focal point for U.S. discussions on how to promote the advancement of soil science both in the U.S. and around the world, and provide input to the IUSS and its activities on behalf of U.S. soil scientists.

Camp Canopy – a summer camp, like no other – went virtual this year! The program is posted to Camp Canopy’s Facebook page - @CampCanopy.  You can view more here (including the daily schedule)

EPN Program Coordinator Nicole Jackson was featured in the June 2 Columbus Alive article, “Being seen and heard during Black Birders Week.”

Faculty member Shoshanah Inwood is quoted in the June 3 CFAES News release, “Ohio State offers tips for vendors, consumers when shopping at farmers markets amid COVID-19

Faculty member Greg Hitzhusen presented a webinar “Faith-Based Community as a Force for Conservation: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities” hosted by the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve on June 5 as part of their Brown Bag Science Fridays.

A paper by Thomas Delomas (’18 PhD) and Konrad Dabrowski (citation below) was listed by the leading journal in the aquaculture field Aquaculture Research published by Wiley as “one of the top downloaded in recent publication history.” 

Delomas, T., Dabrowski, K. 2018. Improved protocol for rapid zebrafish growth without reducing reproductive performance. Aquaculture Res. 50: 457-463.


Recordings now available

CHAIRE’s Inaugural Research Symposium is Virtual! On CHAIRE’s website a full listing of abstracts and links to each presentation currently posted to their YouTube Channel is available. Beginning May 27, CHAIRE will feature one presentation per day on our social media pages. Follow the links below for more information and to stay up to date on future opportunities for research, education, and outreach!

Watch faculty member Alia Dietsch’s CHAIRE Symposium presentation on America’s Wildlife Values

Upcoming Webinar from The Current on June 17 at 2pm CT (3pm ET) - Recreational Water Quality and Invasive Species – Registration for the webinar
Their relationship to water quality is sometimes overlooked, but aquatic invasive species can be considered “biological pollution”. They can also negatively affect on-water recreation. Tune in to this month’s edition of The Current Webinar series as we focus on how aquatic invasive species affect recreational water quality. You’ll hear about aquatic invasive species, related resources, and tools available to outdoor recreationists and boaters for reporting and mitigating impacts.

Featured Speakers:

Eugene Braig, Program Director, Aquatic Ecosystems, The Ohio State University
Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant

Course Announcements – share with students

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