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.
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.
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.
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.
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.