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 Sullivanof the new study featured in Ohio State News. Sullivan is thedirector 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.
Raising children on a farm might sound idyllic, but in a national study, most farmers with children under 18 said childcare was a challenge. Over two-thirds of first-generation farmers, people who had not grown up on farms, reported struggles with childcare, from finding affordable options nearby to finding providers whose childrearing philosophy matched theirs. Even multigenerational farmers, many who live near relatives, said childcare’s affordability, availability, or quality was a problem. Just over half of those farmers reported some type of childcare challenge. “This is going to come as a surprise to a lot of people who don’t think childcare is an issue for farmers,” said Shoshanah Inwood, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the lead researcher of the study.
School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Matt Hamilton was interviewed for Ohio State Insights on his research focusing on wildfires and land management — specifically, how people make decisions and what factors are important.
Read the full interview(a 5-minute read) and learn about some of the broader societal and ecological systems issues playing out in the more than 90 fires raging in the West and what they may mean for the future.
The aquaculture lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University attended and presented their recent research on topics of cichlid, cyprinid, salmonid and percid fish species hybridization, hormonal sex reversal, polyploidy induction, and nutrition at this year's Aquaculture America conference in Honolulu, HI.
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.
Left untilled, fields gain organic matter and maintain high yields, but there’s a tradeoff to consider when deciding not to till. Fields that aren’t tilled are less likely to erode, sending soil and the components of fertilizer, including phosphorus, downstream, a threat to water quality.
Faculty member Robyn Wilson describes the findings of a new research review in the Feb. 10 Ohio State News release, "Adapting to climate change: We’re doing it wrong." The research review is published in the journal Nature Climate and is co-authored by colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Faculty member Nicole Sintov’s research published in Nature Energy is featured in the Ohio State News release,“Heat or eat? How one energy conservation strategy may hurt vulnerable populations.” Lee White, a former postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State, who is now with Australian National University is the lead author on the published research. According to the published article, the study examined 7,487 households taking part in a randomized control time-of-use pilot in the southwestern United States and found two vulnerable populations, people with disabilities who may be using life-saving equipment and elderly people more sensitive to temperature changes, saw the largest increases in their bills on the time-of-use rates. Read more about the study, the findings and implications for the adoption of time-of-use electricity rates on a large-scale.
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.