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  1. Three people wearing hats on a boat taking a sample with a net.

    SENR faculty member awarded HABRI funding

    Mar 21, 2024

    Yanlan Liu, a faculty member in SENR and the School of Earth Sciences was awarded funding from the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and in partnership with The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo, recently announced the 2024 and 2025 research award winners for HABRI. Learn more about the research funded >>

  2. Faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (L to R): Marijke Hecht, Lauren Pintor and Suzanne Gray.

    Faculty receive Ohio Sea Grant funding

    Feb 5, 2024

    Two projects led by faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources were awarded 2024-2026 research grants from Ohio Sea Grant. Find out what they will be studying >>

  3. 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 >>

  4. 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 >>

  5. 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 >>


  6. 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 >>

  7. Workshop participants sitting around tables outdoors under a tent and interacting.

    NIFA Invests in project to build farmer-led organic research in Ohio

    Oct 11, 2023

    Ohio’s organic farmers have many questions and fewer resources to answer them, compared to more traditional farmers. A newly funded project through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will advance productivity, profitability, and resilience in the organic sector through collaborative on-farm research. The project will be co-led by The Ohio State University, Central State University, and the Ohio Ecological Farm & Food Association, partnering with organic producers and leveraging personnel, resources, and knowledge of the three lead organizations. Learn more and find out how to engage >>

  8. Farms branching out: Expanding opportunities for agroforestry markets, connections, and conservation

    Sep 11, 2023

    The impact of this project on the region’s farming and forestry industries is significant. Farm viability will improve by increasing the diversity of products coming from farms. Increased carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and water quality will enhance environmental outcomes, and provide opportunities for small and medium sized farms to participate in new ecosystem service markets.

    A team of Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin researchers and Extension professionals has recently been awarded funding from USDA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help support use of agroforestry practices and markets by small and medium sized farms in the region. Read more about this funded research >>

  9. Tile drainage system in a field

    The 2023 Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative Report Released

    Sep 6, 2023

    The Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio

    Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of The Ohio State University, The University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), has released the 2023 research findings update for the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. SENR faculty are leading research to track blooms from the source and engage stakeholders.  Access the Report >>

  10. Shallow Run and a farm field.

    Partners Gather to Kickoff Pilot Watershed Project

    Aug 30, 2023

    Farmers, landowners, farm organizations, community members and researchers from different disciplines across four universities gathered recently to kick-off the Pilot Watershed Project in the Shallow Run Watershed.

    What brought them together? A multi-million-dollar project aimed to reduce phosphorous runoff and maintain agricultural production. Find out more >>