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  1. A colorful wood duck surveys an Ohio marsh habitat. (Photo provided by Ohio Division of Wildlife)

    Gift cements collaborative alliance in wetland, waterfowl, and wildlife ecology

    Mar 4, 2024

    A longstanding partnership and shared vision of protecting, restoring, and enhancing wetland habitat and wildlife is the impetus behind a new gift of $1 million to The Ohio State University.

    The donation from Winous Point Marsh Conservancy of Port Clinton, Ohio, and investment from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife to Ohio State cements a longstanding relationship to support and advance partnership-driven collaborative research and educational opportunities in wetland, waterfowl, and wildlife ecology.

    The gift establishes the Winous Point Wetlands and Waterfowl Endowed Faculty Support Fund and will fuel innovative solutions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management challenges. Learn more >>

  2. Faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (L to R): Marijke Hecht, Lauren Pintor and Suzanne Gray.

    Faculty receive Ohio Sea Grant funding

    Feb 5, 2024

    Two projects led by faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources were awarded 2024-2026 research grants from Ohio Sea Grant. Find out what they will be studying >>

  3. A giant roller with Asian longhorned ticks on it.

    An exotic tick that can kill cattle is spreading across Ohio

    Nov 7, 2023

    Pasture infestation estimated to exceed 1 million Asian longhorned ticks

    A species of exotic tick arrived in Ohio in 2021 in such huge numbers that their feeding frenzy on a southeastern farm left three cattle dead of what researchers believe was severe blood loss.

    The scientists from The Ohio State University have reported in the Journal of Medical Entomology on the state’s first known established population of Asian longhorned ticks, and are now conducting research focused on monitoring and managing these pests.  SENR faculty member Dr. Risa Pespane, is the senior author of the paper, and is leading a team of researchers at Ohio State, who are leading the way on research to monitor and manage these pests. Read more about their research here >>

  4. Workshop participants sitting around tables outdoors under a tent and interacting.

    NIFA Invests in project to build farmer-led organic research in Ohio

    Oct 11, 2023

    Ohio’s organic farmers have many questions and fewer resources to answer them, compared to more traditional farmers. A newly funded project through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will advance productivity, profitability, and resilience in the organic sector through collaborative on-farm research. The project will be co-led by The Ohio State University, Central State University, and the Ohio Ecological Farm & Food Association, partnering with organic producers and leveraging personnel, resources, and knowledge of the three lead organizations. Learn more and find out how to engage >>

  5. 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. 

  6. Blue Jay on a branch

    The role of a mutualism in reestablishing American Chestnut Tree in Ohio

    May 25, 2022

    James Wright, who recently completed his doctoral studies at Ohio State in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) published a paper with SENR faculty Stephen Matthews and Christopher Tonra and Cornelia Pinchot with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, to examine the role of a plant-animal mutualism in the reintroduction of chestnut and regeneration in oak forests.

  7. Recipients of Sustainability Institute Student Grants Announced

    May 16, 2022

    The Sustainability Institute (SI) at Ohio State is thrilled to announce the winners of the annual SI Student Grants for 2022. Students will receive up to $5,000 each for their own innovative research projects in the sustainability field. Ranging from chemical engineering to soil science, each project has the potential to lead to groundbreaking advances in environment, energy, natural resources, economy and community resilience areas.  

  8. Optimized Shrub System Field Day

    Innovative Crop Management System for Rainfed Crops focus of Field Day

    Nov 9, 2021

    Farmers, researchers, students, extension specialists and NGOs came together for the inaugural Field Day of the Optimized Shrub System (OSS), an innovative management system developed for rainfed crops in the West African Sahel.

  9. Recent publications by SENR faculty, staff and students.

    Recent faculty, staff and student publications

    Apr 7, 2020

    Faculty, staff and students publish their research in a wide variety of publications in their fields of study. 

  10. The crater at Diamond Head. (Photo credit: Kevin Fisher)

    Ohio State aquaculture research presented

    Mar 30, 2020

    The aquaculture lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University attended and presented their recent research on topics of cichlid, cyprinid, salmonid and percid fish species hybridization, hormonal sex reversal, polyploidy induction, and nutrition at this year's Aquaculture America conference in Honolulu, HI.