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  1. Thomas Delomas and Christopher Codogni collecting eggs from ovulating zebrafish.

    New method to screen zebrafish for unique genetic mutations detailed

    Dec 7, 2016

    Delomas and Dabrowski (2016) detail a new method for performing haploid gynogenetic screens in zebrafish in a recently published article in the scientific journal, Biology Letters. The described method uses UV-irradiated common carp (koi) sperm to induce zebrafish embryonic development. This method will allow the biomedical industry and other research laboratories to rapidly screen zebrafish for unique genetic mutations. Finding new mutations helps us learn about human disease and developmental biology.  
  2. David Hix presented a poster highlighting the Joint Fire Science Program’s Fire Science National Knowledge Exchange Network.  Faculty and staff from SENR, including David Hix, Eric Toman, Jack McGowan-Stinski, and Charles Goebel help lead the Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC), a group of over 525 fire managers, practitioners, and scientists.  The objective of the LSFSC is to help communicate the best available fire science and do so through a variety of methods including webinars, research briefs,

    Forestry research presented at national convention

    Nov 15, 2016

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty and graduate students attended and presented posters on their forestry research at the 2016 Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention held in Madison, WI.

  3. Katie Robertson, a doctoral student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources presented a research in progress poster at The Wildlife Society’s 23rd Annual Conference. She and co-authors are using novel object testing to examine behavioral syndromes in coyotes. Photo shows camera trap footage of forest preserve coyotes reacting to a novel object and exhibiting anxious posturing behavior. Katie is a member of the Urban Coyote Research Program in Cook County, Illinois and is advised by Professor Stan

    Wildlife research presented at annual conference

    Oct 28, 2016

    Wildlife professionals from across the nation gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina to engage in wildlife science and management educational opportunities, participate in field trips and workshops, and network with peers, mentors and colleagues. School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty, staff and graduate students were in attendance and presented their research in a variety of types of sessions at The Wildlife Society’s 2016 Annual Conference.
  4. The setup for the optomotor response test, which is being used by Dr. Gray to gauge the visual sensitivity of walleyes and shiners to increasing levels of turbidity. (Photo credit: Suzanne Gray)

    Responses of Lake Erie Walleye to Turbidity

    Sep 28, 2016

    How do Lake Erie Walleye respond to varying levels of visibility? That question is the focus of a study featured in The Environmental Monitor.  Suzanne Gray, assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, with funding from Ohio Sea Grant, is conducting a number of behavioral experiments to test how well two fish species, Walleye and Emerald Shiners see prey and predators under different levels of turbidity. Both of these species of fish are dependent on their vision to find food and avoid prey and how well they adapt to varying levels of visibility may have implications for Lake Erie fisheries.

  5. Ohio State research on attitudes toward animals featured in The Washington Post (Photo credit: J.T. Bruskotter)

    Attitudes toward animals focus of recent Washington Post article

    Sep 26, 2016

    The Washington Post features Ohio State research on attitudes toward animals in the article, “Americans love animals more than they used to – even the ‘scary’ ones.” The article reports on study findings recently published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation that compares attitudes amongst Americans toward animals across two time periods. The published scientific article is co-authored by faculty and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. 

  6. A new study of timber rattlesnakes seeks to better understand their habitat use and response to forest management and land use. (Photo courtesy of William Peterman)

    Timber rattlesnake study focus of recent video

    Sep 21, 2016

    A timber rattlesnake study in southern Ohio is the focus of a recently released WildOhio video. The study seeks to better understand the habitat use of timber rattlesnakes and their response to forest management and land use. The study is a partnership between The Ohio State University, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Division of Forestry and the Columbus Zoo.

  7. School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty and graduate students presented their research at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in August 2016. (Image courtesy of Ecological Society of America)

    Research presented at Ecological Society of America

    Sep 8, 2016

    Research conducted by faculty and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in August 2016. The theme of the meeting was “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene” and was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ESA brings together scientists from around the world to promote, communicate and raise awareness of ecological science among scientists, policy-makers and the public.

  8. Members of the Tonra Lab of Avian Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at the North American Ornithological Conference.

    Faculty, graduate students present research at largest ornithological conference in history

    Aug 26, 2016

    Several faculty and graduate students just returned from the largest ever North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC), which drew more than 2,000 ornithological professionals, amateurs and students from North America, the Caribbean, and around the world. The conference hosted by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and held in Washington, DC, was full of expert-led workshops, roundtable discussions and interactive sessions and symposia on topics such as systematics and taxonomy, reproductive biology, population and community ecology, ecotoxicology and conservation biology. 

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    New Ohio State Research Shows Phosphorus Levels in Ohio Soils Trending Downward

    Aug 8, 2016

    Agricultural soil phosphorus levels held steady or trended downward in at least 80 percent of Ohio counties from 1993 through 2015, according to recent findings from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  The findings, part of the college’s Field to Faucet initiative, represent good news for Ohioans concerned about protecting surface water quality while maintaining agricultural production, according to college researchers Elizabeth Dayton, Steve Culman and Anthony Fulford.
  10. Professor Richard Dick (far right) in Senegal, where his team is partnering with farmers to conduct research on rhizosphere hydrology and microbiology of shrub-intercropping systems (Photo credit: Dam Sy)

    Professor invited lecturer at Gordon Research Conference

    Aug 1, 2016

    School of Environment and Natural Resources Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar Richard Dick attended a Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Multi-scale Vascular Plant Biology (MVPB) held at the end of June 2016 in rural Maine.