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Faculty Research

  1. Three individuals standing and holding awards.

    Team recognized for excellence

    Jun 22, 2023

    The Agriculture Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) presented an award of excellence to members at their annual meeting in Boston, MA on June 3, 2023. The team of Dr. Shoshanah Inwood of The Ohio State University, Dr. Florence Becot of the National Farm Medicine Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and Dr. Andrea Rissing of Arizona State University received the AFHVS Excellence in Scholarship Award. 

  2. Green salamander on rock habitat.

    Faculty member to study unique and rare salamanders

    Jun 12, 2023

    Research will inform management and conservation of state endangered species 

    Bill Peterman, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University has received funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife to study Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus).

  3. Pawpaws

    Wild pawpaw plantings, harvesting and more

    May 15, 2023

    SENR faculty member Matt Davies and environmental science graduate program PhD student Sarah Francino to discuss research and harvesting pawpaws at upcoming conference (May 20) at Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

  4. A nationwide survey will be the first to focus on the realities of farmers and ranchers raising children. (Getty Images)

    Farmers, ranchers needed for national study about balancing work and children

    Feb 7, 2023

    All parents know how challenging it is to balance children and work, especially when childcare options are limited. One group of parents in particular, farm and ranch parents, are being sought for a national study into their experiences.

    Researchers at the National Farm Medicine Center and The Ohio State University are looking to better understand farm and ranch families operating in rural, urban, or suburban areas and their lived realities of balancing children and work. Read more about this study and how farmers and ranchers can share their experiences.

  5. 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.

  6. Goats browsing.

    Study advances understanding of conservation grazing in oak-hickory forests 

    Jan 26, 2023

    Results from a study seeking to understand the role of goats as a tool for conservation and restoration efforts and conducted at The Ohio State University’s Pomerene Forestry Laboratory in Coshocton, Ohio are now available in a newly published article in Agroforestry Systems.

  7. Driver in an electric vehicle in a tunnel.

    How a test drive may lead to an electric vehicle purchase

    Dec 20, 2022

    Taking a spin boosts buyer identity as an early technology adopter

    There’s something about test driving an electric vehicle that boosts some potential buyers’ personal identity as being early adopters of the latest technologies, a new study has found. And that strengthened sense of being a timely user of new gadgetry was linked to a higher likelihood that the test-driver would show interest in buying the car, the study suggested.  Though the test drive also increased study participants’ impression that an electric vehicle could function as a status symbol, that expectation did not translate into interest in making a purchase. The findings help increase understanding of what fuels consumer behavior behind purchases related to sustainability and offers insights that could guide electric vehicle (EV) marketing efforts, said senior author Nicole Sintov, associate professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability at The Ohio State University. 

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    Team awarded Catalyst funding

    Dec 12, 2022

    Faculty member Jeffrey Jacquet is a co-investigator on a recently awarded Catalyst grant, "Pathways for the Hydrogen Economy to Enhance Sustainability" through the President’s Research Excellence (PRE) program at The Ohio State University. 

  9. Buckeye leaf in the foreground with Research News on top or in front of the buckeye leaf

    Faculty research in The Washington Post

    Dec 5, 2022

    Kerry Ard, associate professor in the SENR and Clair Bullock, a graduate student in SENR are co-authors of a new paper published in Science featured in The Washington Post. 

  10. Salamander

    Have a minute? Check out this KX Quick Take on Salamander Research

    Sep 1, 2022

    How do salamanders face challenges from wildfires? That is the question, KX poses in a feature on recently published research conducted by SENR graduate students and faculty. Learn about the important role of salamanders in forest ecosystems and their vulnerability and response to wildfire hazards.