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  1. Faculty in the News

    Coverage of U.N. COP15 summit on land desertification and drought

    Jun 15, 2022

    Coverage of the U.N. COP15 summit on land desertification and drought is featured in Forests News with a discussion of the newly launched Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH) with World Food Prize laureate Rattan Lal, who is distinguished professor of soil science at Ohio State University (OSU), and Kelly Witkowski of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) based in Costa Rica.

  2. Spring blooms on the campus of The Ohio State University

    Faculty granted promotion and/or tenure

    May 25, 2022

    Congratulations to School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty who were granted promotion and/or tenure at the May 19, 2022 meeting of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. 

  3. Hands holding water and text And Water for All

    New documentary explores water access and affordability in Ohio

    Apr 5, 2022

    A new documentary written and directed by Ramiro Berardo, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is available to watch for free on YouTube. The documentary, And Water for All, debuted on World Water Day (March 22) at the Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program followed by a community screening at Studio 35 in Columbus, OH.  

    Watch the film here and read more about the debut here

  4. A new educational documentary features more than 15 Ohioans who are working on water affordability and access.

    Documentary on Ohio water affordability debuts on World Water Day

    Mar 17, 2022

    COLUMBUS—A documentary film that explores the complexities of water access and affordability in Ohio will debut both virtually and in person on March 22, World Water Day.

    The film, And Water for All, was written, directed, and produced by faculty, staff, and students from The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

    Building and maintaining the physical infrastructure to deliver high-quality, affordable water to Ohio’s citizens is a costly endeavor, and how to pay for these important investments can lead to heightened levels of social and political conflict. The documentary examines the challenges that governmental and nongovernmental actors will face to secure access to clean, affordable water in the coming decades.

    “With this film, I set out to explore the complex conversations about water affordability across the state of Ohio with the goal of amplifying the voices of those who work toward providing clean, affordable water for all,” said Ramiro Berardo, SENR associate professor of environmental and natural resources policy and the film’s writer and director.

  5. Two water drops and text JWEMPO, which stands for Journal of Water Resources, Engineering, Management and Policy

    Faculty member joins editorial board of new journal

    Dec 9, 2021

    Dr. Steve Lyon joined the editorial board of the newly launched Journal of Water Resources, Engineering, Management and Policy. The journal seeks to raise awareness and empower water stakeholders with up to date water sector information. 

  6. Optimized Shrub System Field Day

    Innovative Crop Management System for Rainfed Crops focus of Field Day

    Nov 9, 2021

    Farmers, researchers, students, extension specialists and NGOs came together for the inaugural Field Day of the Optimized Shrub System (OSS), an innovative management system developed for rainfed crops in the West African Sahel.

  7. Microphone with Discussions

    Unlocking the power of data for climate resilient societies

    Oct 5, 2021

    School of Environment and Natural Resources Associate Professor Steve Lyon recently convened a session entitled “Let citizens with smartphones modernize water resources management” at World Water Week. This year’s global event, with 13,000 participants from 188 countries attending the conference, had the theme of Water Security for All.

  8. A tree swallow perches atop a constructed nest box at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in central Ohio. Photos by Joseph Corra

    Study finds health trade-offs for wildlife as urbanization expands

    Nov 18, 2020

    City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality.  “With urbanization expanding worldwide, we are transforming the landscape. And this isn’t going away,” said lead author Mažeika Sullivan of the new study featured in Ohio State News Sullivan is the director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State. “My lab is looking at how urbanization affects multiple responses of ecosystems – what those changes are and quantifying them, but also seeing what this tells us about how we can manage and conserve ecosystems and wildlife in this context.

  9. This vernal pool in Ohio is an example of a non-floodplain wetland that is not protected under the new federal rule. These waterbodies are interconnected in many ways with stream and river networks. Photo courtesy of Mažeika Sullivan

    A watershed moment for U.S. water quality

    Aug 17, 2020

    A new federal rule that determines how the Clean Water Act is implemented leaves millions of miles of streams and acres of wetlands unprotected based on selective interpretation of case law and a distortion of scientific evidence, researchers say in a new article in ScienceMažeika Sullivan, director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University is the lead author on the article.  Read more about the new rule and what it means for now-unprotected waters in the Ohio State News release by Emily Caldwell.


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    New fertilizer guide for field crops

    Aug 17, 2020

    Farmers in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan now have a new guide for creating fertile ground for their corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa crops. Working with a team of soil scientists and agronomists from across Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, Steve Culman, a soil fertility specialist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), led the effort to revise a 1995 guide for fertilizing field crops. The free and newly revised Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa offers guidelines for how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and micronutrients soil should have to spur high crop yields without jeopardizing water quality.