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  1. Lake Erie is among the bodies of water in Ohio affected by phosphorus runoff from farm fields. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Attracting more farmers to participate in water quality efforts

    Aug 28, 2019

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Skepticism, more than anything else, is keeping farmers from changing how they apply fertilizer to their fields, according to a behavioral scientist at The Ohio State University.

    Many farmers question whether the conservation measures they are being asked to do, such as applying fertilizer underground rather than on the surfaces of fields, will actually improve water quality in Lake Erie, said Robyn Wilson, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

  2. Faculty member Jeremy Bruskotter is quoted in a recent Time magazine article that discusses rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act and conservation scientists concerns about the impacts on and future of at-risk species.

    Faculty member quoted in Time magazine

    Aug 21, 2019

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Jeremy Bruskotter is quoted in a recent Time magazine article that discusses rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act and conservation scientists concerns about the impacts on and future of at-risk species.

  3. Ohio State News features research conducted by faculty member Kerry Ard on air pollution disparities.

    Faculty research on air pollution disparities featured

    Aug 13, 2019

    Disease-causing air pollution remains high in pockets of America – particularly those where many low-income and African-American people live, a disparity highlighted in research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York. The nation’s air on the whole has become cleaner in the past 70 years, but those benefits are seen primarily in whiter, higher-income areas, said Kerry Ard, an associate professor of environmental sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Read the full Ohio State News release by Misti Crane featuring Ard's research that examined air pollution and the demographics of the people who lived in 1-kilometer-square areas throughout a six-state region from 1995 through 1998. 

  4. Student researchers (l to r) Liz Ames, Alicia Brunner and Jay Wright with aProthonotary Warbler tagged for the study. (Photo: Christopher Tonra)

    New songbird research featured

    Jun 19, 2019

    Research led by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Christopher Tonra is featured in the June 19 Ohio State News release, "A songbird’s fate hinges on one fragile area." The news release highlights the findings of a study published by Tonra and colleagues in the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Using geolocators the team tracked Prothonotary Warblers (a migratory songbird experiencing population decline) from six breeding sites in North America to determine where they go and what challenges they face during their annual migration.

    Read the full Ohio State News release to learn more about their findings here and the implications for bird and habitat conservation. 

    The Ohio State News release was authored by Jeff Grabmeier. 

  5. An upcoming workshop by CFAES experts will teach you the hows and whys of soil testing. (Photo: Getty Images.)

    Dig into soil health at Feb. 14 workshop

    Jan 29, 2019

    The answers to growing better crops are under your feet if you look. So says Steve Culman, soil fertility specialist at The Ohio State University, who is helping lead an upcoming workshop on how to test your soil. “Soil testing provides a window into the soil, revealing if a plant is likely to see the nutrients it needs to grow and thrive,” said Culman, based at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES). The workshop, called “Digging Into Soil Health: What Tests Can Tell Us About Our Soil,” will be Feb. 14 in Dayton. It’s part of the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), which runs from Feb. 14–16.

  6. Ohio State News:  Nightlights for stream dwellers? No, thanks

    Nightlights for stream dwellers? No, thanks

    Dec 28, 2018

    Artificial light at night isn’t just a health problem for those of us sitting in bed scrolling through Instagram instead of hitting the sack — it hurts entire outdoor ecosystems.  When the critters that live in and around streams and wetlands are settling into their nighttime routines, streetlights and other sources of illumination filter down through the trees and into their habitat, monkeying with the normal state of affairs, according to new research from The Ohio State University.  “This is among the first studies to show that light at night has detrimental effects not just on individual organisms in the environment, but also on communities and ecosystems,” said Mažeika Sullivan, lead author of the study, which appears today (Dec. 19, 2018) in the journal Ecological Applications. 

  7. Ohio State News features research on energy-conservation plans

    Ohio State News features research on energy-conservation plans

    Dec 4, 2018

    Ohio State News features new research by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Nicole Sintov and post-doctoral researcher Lee White on utility customers and their decisions to continue to participate in energy-conservation plans.  The research published this month in the journal Nature Energy finds that decisions to stay in time-of-use rate energy programs among utility customers in the southwestern United States is based more on perceptions about savings versus actual savings.

    Read more about the study and findings in the Ohio State News story written by Misti Crane.

  8. A new study in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed will look closely at farm fields with elevated phosphorus. The aim: improve Lake Erie’s water quality while maintaining yields of crops. (Photo: Getty Images.)

    New Study Will Track Ways to Cut Runoff from Elevated Phosphorus Fields

    Nov 13, 2018

    Some farm fields in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed have more phosphorus than their crops can use. Called “elevated phosphorus fields,” such fields may be at higher risk of contributing to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. That’s the premise of a new five-year, $5 million study that hopes to learn about those fields and lower that risk by creating new public-private partnerships.

  9. New study finds drought-resistant native plant can irrigate food crops

    Nov 7, 2018

    The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions.  Growing these shrubs side-by-side with the food crop millet increased millet production by more than 900 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. A couple of decades have passed since Richard Dick, a soil scientist now at Ohio State, was traveling through rural Senegal in West Africa and noticed low-lying shrubs that seemed to be doing fine despite arid conditions that had wiped out most other vegetation in farmers’ fields.  Read more about this study in the Ohio State News story written by Misti Crane.

  10. SENR faculty member Kerry Ard to discuss air quality at 2018 MORPC Sustainability Summit.

    Faculty Member to Discuss Air Quality at Sustainability Summit

    Oct 23, 2018

    Kerry Ard, assistant professor of evironmental and natural resource sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will speak at this week's  Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC) 2018 Summit on Sustainability  The Summit is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable solutions.

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