Research

The School of Environment and Natural Resources has excellent research initiatives that integrate the natural and social sciences within the context of natural resource use and management for a sustainable environment.  The School’s research efforts have been organized into centers and laboratories that have multidisciplinary faculty memberships.  Examples include: the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center; Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory; Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab; and Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology Lab. The School’s research portfolio includes broad support from federal and state agencies, private industry, and foundations. The annual recurring budget exceeds $5.0 million, with over $2.2 million in additional resources generated through sponsored research. Examples of major research themes include:

  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Aquaculture and fisheries management
  • Human behavior and decision making in environmental policy
  • Carbon sequestration and global climate change
  • Forest ecosystem and watershed restoration
  • Sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soil ecology
  • Land remediation and by-product utilization
  • Wetland and riverine restoration
  • Rural and environmental sociology
  • Rural-Urban interface food production
  • Coupled human and nautral systems

Facilities include managed field sites at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, and at nine outlying stations; classrooms, laboratories and offices in Kottman and Parker Halls on the Columbus campus and laboratories and offices in Williams and Hayden Halls on the Wooster campus; and the 30-acre Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Park on the banks of the Olentangy River in Columbus.