SENR Picks

Learn about a pioneering online migration tracking database citizens can contribute to in this SENR Picks with Gabriel Karns.

SENR faculty member Stanley Gehrt. Photo credit:  College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Stanley Gehrt, a professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and urban coyote expert is quoted in a recent article, “Flocks of turkeys. Swarms of rats. The pizza groundhog. Animals are taking over the streets” in The Boston Globe. 

Image by gzu from Pixabay.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife's award winning proposal to develop Ohio public access for wildlife was informed by an assessment conducted by faculty and staff with the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. 

SENR faculty, staff and graduate students presenting at 60th Ohio Wildlife Conference.

School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty, staff and students will be presenting at the Ohio Wildlife Management Association’s 60th Ohio Wildlife Conference, "Applying Wildlife Conservation Today - for Tomorrow" on January 24 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-Center. 

New report estimates the “value” of outdoor recreation in Ohio.

A new report, “Economic Valuation of Natural Areas in Ohio” released Nov. 20 estimates the “value” of outdoor recreation in Ohio, or the amount of money Ohioans and others spend on outdoor recreational trips in Ohio, and the contribution of this outdoor recreation to Ohio’s economy.

Terrestrial Wildlife and Ecology Lab (TWEL) faculty and graduate students are presenting their research at this year's joint conference of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society, September 29 to October 3, 2019, Reno, NV

New Ohio State news story describes student efforts to prevent deadly collisions for migrating birds.

Ohio State News published a story, "A deadly strike for migrating birds" on efforts by students and faculty at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative to learn more about and prevent deadly collisions for migrating birds. The story informs and describes student engagement in Lights Out Buckeyes, a project launched last year by School of Environment and Natural Resources students Kandace Glanville1 and Tyler Ficker and sponsored by the Ohio State Ornithology Club, that aims to learn more about window collisions and assess the scope of the problem on the Ohio State campus. The project seeks to answer questions such as: How many birds are victims of these collisions? Are some buildings attracting more collisions? And, is there any way to help prevent these usually deadly window strikes?

Kandace graduated in May 2019 with a degree in wildlife science, but is still an active Lights Out Buckeyes volunteer. 

First place poster winner Gretchen Anchor and second place winner Sarah Scott with Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Gary Pierzynski.

On Monday, April 22, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) research was on display and celebrated at the Annual CFAES Research Conference. Congratulations to School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) graduate student Gretchen Anchor, who won 1st place in the master's research poster category for, "Impacts of Coyotes (Canis latrans) on White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Behavior and Mortality in the Chicago Region." Gretchen is advised by SENR professor Stan Gehrt. 

Grant from Feed a Bee used to Establish Pollinator Habitat on Pipeline Rights-of-Way in Eastern Ohio.

The Terrestiral Wildlife Ecology Lab (TWEL) in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is creating diverse food and habitat areas for honey bees and other pollinators. These efforts are contributing nationally to the promotion of new pollinator forage. With TWEL’s help, the Feed a Bee initiative has reached a milestone - funding planting projects in all 50 states to support honey bee health. Gabriel Karns, a visiting assistant professor and his research team used Feed a Bee funds to convert over 20 acres of pipeline corridors to pollinator habitat using Integrated Vegetation Management techniques.

The March 2019 issue of Ranger Rick magazine features an informative article on coyotes living in cities and features the Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project led by faculty member and wildlife expert in the School of Environment and Natural Resources Stan Gehrt. The article provides a glimpse into how he and his team of researchers locate, track and study urban coyotes over time.  Read the story here.

Ranger Rick is a publication of the National Wildlife Federation. 

Partnering for Pollinators. Photo credit: Gabriel Karns

In continuing efforts to help the declining Monarch butterfly population, the Save Our Monarchs Foundation (SOM) is creating Monarch butterfly and other pollinator habitat along TransCanada Corporation rights-of-way in central Ohio’s Three Creeks Metro Park.  The planting results from a strong partnership between TransCanada, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University.  Monarch habitat consists of bio-diverse landscapes that contain milkweed and other native nectar and pollen sources, have a nearby water source, and are protected from disturbance factors such as untimely mowing.  Habitat for Monarchs also makes excellent habitat for other vital and diminishing species, including other native butterflies and bees, and migratory and ground-nesting birds.

Aquatic and terrestrial faculty and students will be in attendance and presenting their research at the 79th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference. Photo credit: Jeremy Bruskotter

The 79th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference will be held January 27-30, 2019 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of the meeting is "Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation."

School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) aquatic and terrestrial faculty and students will be in attendance and presenting their research at the meeting.   View a list of SENR presentations scheduled for the upcoming 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference and organized symposia and plenary speakers.

List of presentations and posters at the 25th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, October 7-11, 2018 in Cleveland, OH by wildlife faculty, staff and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources' Terrestrial

Bird-based Habitat Conservation Workshop with the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Science Office.

The Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory (TWEL) hosted Greg Soulliere and Mohammed Al-Saffar from the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes (UMR&GLR) Joint Venture science office in early April 2018. Greg and Mohammed, along with Drs. Chris Tonra (TWEL) and Robert Gates (TWEL) rolled out the Joint Venture's new waterfowl and waterbird conservation strategies, and discussed the biological foundations of all-bird habitat conservation planning, including the current land bird and shorebird conservation strategies.  There was lively discussion about incorporating human dimensions and ecosystem goods and services goals into the biological planning of bird conservation at the landscape scale during an afternoon session held at the 4-H center on the campus of The Ohio State University.  

The Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, designed especially for landowners in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, is set for March 17 near Cincinnati. (Photo: Red trillium, Joshua Moore, iStock.)

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in Ohio, the Midwest and eastern North America, including possibly yours. But there are ways to help your woods bounce back.  For starters, you should scout for invasive plants on a regular basis, said Kathy Smith, forestry expert at The Ohio State University. If you find any, you should root them out.  With fewer trees in your woods and more gaps in the canopy, “the concern is that non-native invasive species can quickly get out of hand,” Smith said. She named buckthorns, honeysuckles, garlic-mustard and kudzu as a few of the many invaders you should watch for.Woods hit by ash borers also may need selective thinning, seedling planting and changes in the owner’s management goals, Smith said, all depending on how many ash trees died and what kinds of trees remain. Harvesting timber may need to be reduced in some cases.  Smith will speak on the topic at the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop near Cincinnati on March 17. The event offers 15 sessions on subjects including birds, bats, trees, bees, ponds, and timber and wildlife management. It’s for landowners in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana tri-state region. It’s also for anyone else interested in conservation.

Visit The Urban Coyote Research Project's refreshed website.

The Urban Coyote Research Project recently refreshed its’ online presence with a new look and a new opportunity to stay engaged with the project through their featured field notes. The goal of the refreshed website, according to Stanley D. Gehrt, director of the project and professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University continues to be to provide reliable information for the public, agencies, and other decision –makers and will share findings from the project’s long-term research and monitoring program on urban coyotes.

Visit the website at to learn all about coyotes and discover what the researchers are learning about urban coyote ecology and management.

Wildlife research by Ohio State researchers to be presented at Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Jeremy Bruskotter

Wildlife research conducted by faculty and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will be presented at the 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin later this month.

The annual conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative is Nov. 8 at Ohio State. It’s for city officials and others who work to manage conflicts with wildlife, like this white-tailed deer. (Photo: iStock.)

What’s a city to do about deer? Bats? Loose-running cats?  Experts will discuss answers at the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative’s annual conference, set for Nov. 8 on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus.  The event, geared toward city officials, community leaders and others who manage conflicts between people and wildlife, will have nine sessions on topics including the status of white-tailed deer in Ohio, keeping bats healthy and out of belfries, or at least people’s homes, and the sometimes-heated issue of feral and free-ranging cats.

Canoe tour led by summer TWEL intern Andrew Wilk of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Huron, Ohio is the focus of recent article in Outdoor News. 


A March 25 workshop near Cincinnati will help you help your woods and what lives there, such as birds like this Baltimore oriole. (Photo: iStock.)

If trees, deer, birds, butterflies, mushrooms and more are your things, check out this year’s Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop. It’s on March 25 in Burlington, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. The public event, which brings in experts from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, offers 15 how-to sessions on forests and the life that lives there. Co-organizer Kathy Smith, forestry program director in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, said the aim is to “help you get the most out of your property.”