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  1. A giant roller with Asian longhorned ticks on it.

    An exotic tick that can kill cattle is spreading across Ohio

    Nov 7, 2023

    Pasture infestation estimated to exceed 1 million Asian longhorned ticks

    A species of exotic tick arrived in Ohio in 2021 in such huge numbers that their feeding frenzy on a southeastern farm left three cattle dead of what researchers believe was severe blood loss.

    The scientists from The Ohio State University have reported in the Journal of Medical Entomology on the state’s first known established population of Asian longhorned ticks, and are now conducting research focused on monitoring and managing these pests.  SENR faculty member Dr. Risa Pespane, is the senior author of the paper, and is leading a team of researchers at Ohio State, who are leading the way on research to monitor and manage these pests. Read more about their research here >>

  2. A white barn behind a field of corn.

    NSF Invests in holistic project to help farmers adapt to climate change

    Oct 31, 2023

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $1.6 million to a collaborative team of scientists to develop improved predictive models to help farmers and policymakers in Ohio, Georgia, and Iowa better prepare for changes in weather, markets, and policies. 

    “We’re trying to understand how the technical, socioeconomic and political landscapes in each state will evolve,” said Douglas Jackson-Smith, Kellogg Chair of Agroecosystem Management and a professor at The Ohio State University in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources, “and how those factors interact with climate change to shape what and where different crops could be grown over the next 30 to 40 years in these three states.”  Learn more about this project and how it will engage farmers and agricultural experts >>

  3. Water running between two fields

    FFAR invests in projects to increase farmers' use of conservation practices

    Oct 20, 2023

    The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) announced three grants totaling $474,550 as part of the Achieving Conservation through Targeting Information, Outreach and Networking (ACTION) program. ACTION supports projects exploring how to increase landowner willingness to adopt conservation practices that provide a range of ecosystem benefits. The Walton Family Foundation provided matching funds to the ACTION program. Read more about this investment, including support for research led by faculty member Dr. Robyn Wilson >>


  4. Maroon electric car with car plugged in

    Bringing new resilient infrastructure to all communities

    Oct 11, 2023

    Originally published on the website of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Enginnering at The Ohio State University and written by Kevin Satterfield.

    In an effort to mitigate climate change, many communities and the transportation and energy systems that serve them, are transitioning to renewable sources. However, not all communities are able to equally participate in this transition.

    Underserved communities, in particular, often encounter barriers when shifting to newer, electrified energy and transportation systems. Many of these neighborhoods already experience various, socioeconomic challenges and exposure to existing pollutants and potential, adverse health outcomes.

    Researchers at The Ohio State University, including School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Jeffrey Jacquet are part of the interdisciplinary team working to alleviate some of these inequities and improve the quality of life for residents in these communities. Learn more >>

  5. Photo of Jim, Natasha, and Manbir

    Three new faculty join SENR

    Aug 14, 2023

    The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is excited to welcome three new faculty to the faculty ranks. These faculty will lead and contribute to SENR's exemplary teaching, research and Ohio State University Extension programs and build partnerships to extend reach, engagement and impact. Meet our new faculty >>

  6. Steve Lyon

    Faculty member speaker at TEDxOhioStateUniversity

    Apr 5, 2023

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Steve Lyon was a speaker at CURRENTS the 2023 TEDxOhioStateUniversity event held on March 4, 2023 at Mershon Auditorium. The full event is available to watch here.

  7. Faculty member selected for Growing Research Opportunities Academy

    Feb 8, 2023

    Jeffrey Jacquet, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources has been selected for the 2023 Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy. This professional development program helps researchers develop the skills and confidence to work on and lead effective interdisciplinary research teams. Read more about the selection and the GRO Academy.

  8. People having a discussion

    A chat may help convert a peer to a pro-sustainability stance

    Feb 7, 2023

    Changing the mind of someone who is dismissive of efforts to protect the planet could be accomplished by sharing a pro-sustainability point of view during a conversation, new research suggests.

    In three experiments, researchers found that exposure to a pro-sustainability opinion in a conversation or written exchange helped coax people who held anti-sustainability views toward support for an environmentally friendly initiative. 

    Results also showed that people with a pro-sustainability viewpoint were not persuaded to change their commitment by talking to someone with an opposing point of view. The researchers noted that many sustainable behaviors – lowering the thermostat, recycling or buying fewer disposable products – are household or community endeavors that follow discussion and consideration. And so it follows, they say, that persuading others to adopt sustainable practices could be achieved through a common social activity: talking about it. 

    Read more about this study and the role of conversation.

  9. Coyote in a crate fitted with a GPS collar.

    Reliance on moose as prey led to rare coyote attack on human

    Dec 12, 2022

    Wildlife researchers have completed a study that may settle the question of why, in October 2009, a group of coyotes launched an unprovoked fatal attack on a young woman who was hiking in a Canadian park.  By analyzing coyote diets and their movement in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where the attack occurred on a popular trail, the researchers concluded that the coyotes were forced to rely on moose instead of smaller mammals for the bulk of their diet – and as a result of adapting to that unusually large food source, perceived a lone hiker as potential prey.

  10. Farewell Transmission exhibition debuts on campus this semester.

    Ohio Communities transitioning away from coal explored in new exhibition on campus

    Aug 23, 2022

    A new exhibition Farewell Transmission: Community Resilience amid the End of Coal in Ohio debuts this week (August 23) at the Hopkins Hall Gallery through September 16, with a companion exhibit at Thompson Library Special Collections through the end of February 2023.