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  1. 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 >>

  2. Coyote in a crate fitted with a GPS collar.

    Reliance on moose as prey led to rare coyote attack on human

    Dec 12, 2022

    Wildlife researchers have completed a study that may settle the question of why, in October 2009, a group of coyotes launched an unprovoked fatal attack on a young woman who was hiking in a Canadian park.  By analyzing coyote diets and their movement in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where the attack occurred on a popular trail, the researchers concluded that the coyotes were forced to rely on moose instead of smaller mammals for the bulk of their diet – and as a result of adapting to that unusually large food source, perceived a lone hiker as potential prey.

  3. Researchers are working to reduce nutrient runoff to improve water quality. Photo: David Tomashefski

    Updating Ohio's Phosphorus Risk Index Is Generating Positive Initial Results

    Mar 31, 2016

    Maintaining agricultural soil phosphorus levels in accordance with the Tri-State Fertility Guidelines helps lower the concentration of phosphorus that is dissolved in agricultural runoff, according to ongoing research by a soil scientist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  And because erosion matters, phosphorus associated with eroded sediment can be curtailed by reducing soil disturbances such as tillage and by maintaining field cover either as crop residue or a growing crop, says Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a scientist in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.  
  4. Ohio State Researchers Help to Author the U.S. National Climate Assessment Report

    May 29, 2014

    Every four years, the U.S. federal government commissions a body of research known as the U.S. National Climate Assessment to examine the effects of climate change on the environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, human health and welfare, and biological diversity, among other topics. In May 2014, the most recent report, which is the third edition, was released.

  5. SENR's Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab To Participate in Annual Fish and Wildlife Conference

    Jan 15, 2014

    Over four days faculty and graduate students in SENR's Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab will gather with other Midwest natural resource scientists and professionals to share the latest research, management experiences and discuss pressing fish and wildlife issues.

  6. Surveying the Landscape: Interdisciplinary Research Examines Connection Between Farming and Health of Maumee River Watershed

    Jan 14, 2014

    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.

  7. SENR Researchers Collaborate and Develop Tool to Assess Sustainability Knowledge

    Sep 4, 2013

    The latest Bulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) highlights tool developed by SENR researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland to understand what students know about sustainability.