Faculty News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. Photo: Getty Images

    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. 

  4. Nick Basta

    Faculty member appointed to national soil science committee

    Jun 8, 2020

    Nick Basta, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) has been appointed to the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS) by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. 

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

    Faculty Member quoted in The Boston Globe

    Apr 28, 2020

    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. 

  6. Faculty Member Wins Research Award

    Jul 17, 2018

    Congratulations to Bill Peterman, assistant professor of wildlife ecology and management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, who is the 2018 recipient of the Raymond D. Semlitsch Research Award by the Herpetologists' League. The competitive research award supports research on the ecology, evolution, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, with particular interest in research on contemporary questions that helps bridge disciplines and that incorporates manipulative, experimental approaches.

  7. Three SENR faculty recognized for their teaching excellence.

    Excellence Recognized

    Jul 16, 2018

    Three School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty have been recognized for their teaching excellence in higher education. Nicholas Basta, David Hix, and Roger Williams received the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award at the 2018 NACTA annual meeting in Ames, IA in June.  NACTA is professional society that focuses promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post-secondary level in North America.

  8. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 39th annual conference, featuring sustainable and organic ways to grow food, is Feb. 15-17 in Dayton. (Photo: iStock.)

    Faculty presenting at upcoming Ecological Food and Farming Conference

    Feb 5, 2018

    How certain natural microbes can help crops grow better and faster.  How to make contaminated soils, sometimes present in cities, healthy for urban farming.  How a new perennial grain could have double uses, as food for people and forage for livestock, and also double benefits, helping soil and water.  Those will be some of the topics when experts from The Ohio State University join the speaker lineup at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, Feb. 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center.  Called Ohio’s largest conference on sustainable food and farming, the event offers nearly 80 hour-and-a-half workshops on organic farming and related topics, including 10 with speakers from Ohio State. One track of workshops is especially for beginning farmers.

  9. Donnermeyer is keynote speaker at the First International Rural Crime Conference in Africa

    Donnermeyer is keynote speaker at the First International Rural Crime Conference in Africa

    Oct 23, 2017

    The first International Rural Crime Conference in Africa was held at the Royal Elephant Hotel in Centurion, South Africa, a suburb of Pretoria, on September 27. International speakers included Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, who presented a global view of farm victimization and its economic, psychological, social and community-level impacts, emphasizing that in the US alone, the value of stolen farm property exceeds $1 billion annually. Dr.

  10. Professor Emeritus Joe Donnemeyer is one of three keynote speakers at the first-ever International Rural Crime Conference.

    Professor Emeritus Keynote at International Rural Crime Conference

    Aug 31, 2017

    Ohio State Professor Emeritus Joe Donnemeyer is one of three keynote speakers at the first-ever International Rural Crime Conference in South Africa Sept. 27.