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).
Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science at The Ohio State University has joined a lawsuit to overturn a new directive from EPA’s director Scott Pruitt that forbids any scientist with EPA funding from serving on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board. According to the WOSU segment with Clare Roth airing on January 25, Wilson has served on the board for two and a half years and is currently collaborating with other scientists on grants funded through the agency. Read and listen to the segment here.
Congratulations to Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science, who received the 2017 Society of Risk Analysis (SRA) Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Analyst Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis held in Arlington, VA. Wilson was recognized for her outstanding achievement in understanding risk management decisions in agricultural landscapes as they relate to nutrient loss and water quality, and exceptional promise for continued contributions to risk analysis.
School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Jeremy T. Bruskotter and Robyn S. Wilson are co-authors with Professor John A. Vucetich, Michigan Technology University, on an article recently published in The Conversation. The article focuses on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and seeks to gain insight into the role bias may play in listing decisions of species under the Endangered Species Act.
Congratulations to Ms. Susan Burks (nominated by Gina Volpe, Sphinx) and Dr. Robyn Wilson (nominated by Kathryn Connolly, Mortar Board) for making a difference in the lives of their students. The two were honored at the 26th Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Reception for Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and Sphinx Senior Class Honorary held last week.
This week's Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada, Ohio, is expected to draw more than 900 participants. The program will feature a day-long discussion with industry and university experts on improving Ohio’s water quality, particularly ways to keep phosphorus and nitrogen from impacting water resources. Nutrient management, cover crops and soil health and Solving the P (and N) problem are just a few of the sessions offered at the conference. SENR faculty experts, including Robyn Wilson, Steve Culman and Warren Dick, are scheduled to present their research.
Most farmers in the Maumee River watershed that drains into Lake Erie are willing to take at least one additional action to reduce nutrient loss on their farm if they feel like the action will both benefit their farms as well as water quality. That’s according to new research from Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Northwestern Ohio’s landscape is marked mostly by agriculture, with farms of all sizes stretching across the Maumee River watershed and beyond. A collaborative project, led by Ohio State University, is examining the connection between people’s perception of the health of Lake Erie and the Maumee River watershed, the actual state of these ecosystems, and how both are likely to shift under future influences like climate change.
School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty Dr. Robyn Wilson and Dr. Jeremy Bruskotter are partnering on a major health initiative in Ethiopia that seeks to chart a new course for a healthier future for Ethiopians.