Congratulations to Maggie Beetstra, a doctoral student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), who was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation grant, “Evaluating the Effects of Financial and Temporal Scarcity on Farmer Decisions to Engage in Conservation” through the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program.
Tania Burgos-Hernández, a doctoral student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is featured on the website of the Office of Energy and Environment for her research on urban soils. In particular, she is analyzing urban soils on the Ohio State campus to determine their ability to store carbon. To study Ohio State soils, she is collecting multiple samples from 150 soil cores and three pits dug on campus. Soil cores will be collected later this year. Burgos-Hernández will thoroughly analyze the physical properties of the cores she collects. She will examine the color, texture and structure, as well as chemical and biological properties of the soil to determine carbon, metals and other factors.
Backyard bird lovers may want to take note: Putting out feeders full of seed may also attract predators that eat eggs and nestlings. But the feeders may also help satiate predators so they’re less likely to target nests. In a new study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, scientists from The Ohio State University and Cornell University investigated the consequences of supplemental bird food on predator-prey relationships.
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.
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.
School of Environment and Natural Resources graduate students Alicia Brunner and Kristie Stein were recognized with the Dr. David R. Osborne Research Award for their presentations at the 2016 Ohio Avian Research Conference held October 22, 2016 at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The award recognizes excellence in graduate research focusing on furthering our understanding, or the conservation, of migratory birds.