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  1. New tool developed to guide conservation decision-making

    Oct 23, 2018

    Ohio State scientist, Robyn Wilson is part of a team that has developed a new tool to help guide wildlife conservation decision-making.  The tool, Recovery Explorer addresses a critical challenge faced by conservation agencies - how to conserve and protect as many species as possible from extinction with limited funding and finite resources. The tool was developed in collaboration with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) scientists in a two-year project supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

  2. School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Lauren Pintor (shown center)  is an investigator on a new NSF Rules of Life grant.

    Faculty Member Investigator on NSF Rules of Life Grant

    Oct 8, 2018

    Lauren Pintor, assistant professor of aquatic sciences in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University is a collaborator and investigator on research recently funded in one of the National Science Foundation’s Big Ideas investment areas - Rules of Life.

    The project will build off previous research the team has conducted on intraspecific variation in behavioral traits among two crayfish species, Faxonius rusticus and F. virillis (both abundant and broadly distributed invasive species).

  3. NIFA Invests in Research to Guide Agroecosystem Sustainability and Resilience

    Jul 30, 2018

    Robyn Wilson, an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University is the principal investigator of a newly funded project, “Regional Integrated Modeling of Farmer Adaptations to Guide Agroecosystem Management in a Changing Climate.”  The $1.1 million investment by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will elevate the capacity of decision makers in the eastern Corn Belt Region (ECBR) to adapt to an increasingly variable climate and the associated changes that this increased variability may bring. The research will identify how changing seasonal and extreme precipitation patterns induce changes in ECBR land use and management patterns due to adaptations by heterogeneous farmers and the broader human system. The results will help to guide more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems across the nation. Co-principal investigators and collaborators on the project are Kai Zhao of SENR, Elena Irwin, Yongyang Cai and Alan Randall of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics; Bryan Mark, Jason Cervenec and Aaron Wilson of Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; and Greg LaBarge of OSU Extension. 

  4. Research on public support for Endangered Species Act focus of article

    Jul 30, 2018

    An article in The Conversation written by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Jeremy Bruskotter and Ramiro Berardo at The Ohio State University and John A Vucetich, a professor at Michigan Technological University addresses the recent proposal by the Trump Administration to severely curtail the scope of the Endangered Species Act. The article discusses criticism of the Act and explores:  Is public support for the Act declining? And if so, why?  The article draws on newly published research by the authors in Conservation Letters.

  5. Jeremy Brooks, a faculty member in the SENR receives BETHA Endowment Grant.

    Faculty Member Receives BETHA Endowment Grant

    Apr 30, 2018

    Monitoring Social and Economic Impacts of Green Infrastructure: Blueprint Columbus, a project led by Jeremy Brooks, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was awarded  funding through the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition. The Endowment supports projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues. A record number of 37 proposals were submitted for the 2018 competition and six were selected for funding.

  6. Research on role of health insurance, farm viability and the agricultural economy part of Feb. 12 Politico briefing.

    Politico features faculty member’s research on farm viability

    Feb 15, 2018

    Research faculty member Shoshanah Inwood is conducting on the role of health insurance, farm viability and the agricultural economy is included in a recent Politico briefing on agriculture and food policy. The briefing draws on data from a study of farmers and ranchers in 10 case study states across the United States and recently published in Choices, which finds that health insurance is an important risk management strategy with implications for economic development and quality of life in the agricultural sector.

  7. Visit The Urban Coyote Research Project's refreshed website.

    Refreshed Website for the Urban Coyote Research Project

    Feb 5, 2018

    The Urban Coyote Research Project recently refreshed its’ online presence with a new look and a new opportunity to stay engaged with the project through their featured field notes. The goal of the refreshed website, according to Stanley D. Gehrt, director of the project and professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University continues to be to provide reliable information for the public, agencies, and other decision –makers and will share findings from the project’s long-term research and monitoring program on urban coyotes.

    Visit the website at to learn all about coyotes and discover what the researchers are learning about urban coyote ecology and management.

  8. Ohio State research team members at a recent workshop. Photo excerpt from

    Ohio State Experts to Model Life in a Deglobalized World

    Jan 24, 2018

    What would trade wars mean for food, energy and water systems in the Great Lakes Region?  This is one of the questions a team of experts from The Ohio State University will address in a new National Science Foundation grant from the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a research partnership between the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant is expected to exceed $2.4 million over the next three years.  School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Douglas Jackson-Smith and Robyn Wilson are a part of the interdisciplinary team that will model and study the interconnected challenges of living in a deglobalized world.  Read more about the project, how the findings will have implications for farmers and consumers and the team in The Chronicle of Higher Education feature, "Life in a deglobalized world: What would trade wars mean for food, energy and water systems?"

  9. Wildlife research by Ohio State researchers to be presented at Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Jeremy Bruskotter

    Faculty, Students to Present Research at Annual Fish and Wildlife Conference

    Jan 13, 2018

    Wildlife research conducted by faculty and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will be presented at the 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin later this month.

  10. Algal blooms like this one, in the Olentangy River, might be prevented with new diagnostic tool.

    ​Scientists seek diagnostic tool for harmful algal blooms

    Dec 28, 2017

    Harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams are neither well-understood nor easily predicted, and researchers at The Ohio State University are hoping to change that.  With a three-year $681,343 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a team of Ohio State scientists in the School of Environment and Natural Resources plans to develop a widely applicable system for assessing watershed health and determining when a crisis is looming.