Molly Bean

School of Environment and Natural Resources
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  1. Ohio State Offers 3 New Free Online Courses on Environmental Science

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anyone with access to the Internet, any time, anywhere, can take a series of free online introductory courses in environmental science at The Ohio State University. Three new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available for anyone interested in learning more about Earth’s environment and sustainability. The courses are part of the Introduction to Environmental Science series offered by the Canvas Network. The first course in the series, Earth’s Environment: Soil, Water, and Air, introduces students to environmental science, environmental literacy and the scientific process. The series’ second course, Energy and Earth: Fossil Fuels, Alternative, and Renewable Energy, explores human energy production and use and their impact on the...
  2. Volunteer Naturalists Are Certified, Celebrated and Ready to Serve

    DELAWARE, Ohio — Twenty-one central Ohioans received their Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program certificates at a May 30 celebration at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. The OCVN program is a research-based education program of The Ohio State University. It emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service. “Participating in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is a great way to invest in your ability to lead nature programs and share the natural world with others,” said Saundra McBrearty, outreach and volunteer specialist with Preservation Parks of Delaware County and co-coordinator of the Central Ohio OCVN Chapter. Anne Baird, Ohio State University Extension program director in...
  3. Environmental Science Student Symposium Is Wednesday at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly 1,000 students at The Ohio State University have prepared scientific posters about Earth’s biggest challenges for the university’s 2017 Environmental Science Student Symposium. Among those students, about 400 will present their work in person at the event, which is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in Ohio State’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public. This is the fifth year that Ohio State students enrolled in ENR 2100, an introductory environmental science course offered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will present posters on their final projects. The symposium program is available online at go.osu.edu/2017ESSS. SENR is part...
  4. New Exhibit Showcases History and Role of Forests in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new exhibit presented by the Ohio State University Libraries tells the story of the unique connection and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library examines the past, present and future of Ohio’s forest resources. On display through May 14, the exhibit features interactive opportunities to learn about Ohio’s forest resources, shows examples of forest products, and highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability and economic development in the state of Ohio. The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, Ohio State’s main library, underwent a complete renovation from 2006 to 2009 that not only...
  5. Feeding Your Feathered Friends? Study Finds Complex Relationships Among Bird Feeders, Predators and Nest Survival

    Editor: A version of this press release ran in ScienceDaily on Dec. 7, 2016: go.osu.edu/BnyG. COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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. In a four-year study of songbird nests, bird feeders and predators in seven central Ohio residential neighborhoods, Jennifer Malpass and colleagues tracked the relationships between the nesting success of two bird species —...
  6. Ohio State Scientists Part of Honored Corn-Climate Change Project

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A major project aimed at making corn production more resilient in the face of climate change, whose partners included scientists from The Ohio State University, was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Called “Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-Based Cropping Systems,” the research, education and outreach project received NIFA’s 2016 Partnership Award for multistate efforts during the institute’s annual Day of Appreciation on Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. Also called the “Sustainable Corn Project,” the five-year, $20 million NIFA-funded endeavor was started in 2011; was directed by Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State...
  7. New Book Shows Status of Ohio’s Breeding Birds

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A highly anticipated new book on breeding birds in Ohio sheds light on the current distribution and changes in the status of the state’s bird populations. The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio — published by the Pennsylvania State University Press and edited by Paul G. Rodewald, Matthew B. Shumar, Aaron T. Boone, David L. Slager and Jim McCormac — comes 25 years after the state’s first breeding bird atlas and provides a new look at contemporary Ohio bird life and how it has changed since the first atlas.  Unlike the first atlas, “the second atlas also includes new data on bird abundance using point-count surveys, which allowed the team to generate population estimates for individual species and map their densities across the...
  8. Forests Across U.S. Face Drought Threat: Study

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new analysis finds that almost all of America’s forests are vulnerable to increased drought and climate change. The study, which was published in February in the journal Global Change Biology, documents drought severity and frequency across the U.S. The analysis “brings together many different perspectives on drought impact in forests, and it is through this effort that the great reach drought can have on forests is clear,” said co-author Stephen Matthews, assistant professor of wildlife landscape ecology at The Ohio State University. Matthews is a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, where he specializes in understanding the responses of biodiversity and ecological systems to changing landscapes. The school is in...
  9. Conservation Scientist M. Sanjayan, Host of PBS’s ‘Big Blue Live,’ to Speak at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — People need nature to survive. That’s one of the messages that Conservation International’s M. Sanjayan will share at The Ohio State University on Feb. 11. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist, writer and Emmy-nominated news contributor, will present “Earth and People: Lessons in Living Together” from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 1,550-seat Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in Ohio State’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at go.osu.edu/epn_Sanjayan. In his work, Sanjayan focuses on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife and the environment. Serving on Conservation International’...
  10. Earth’s Biggest Challenges? Ohio State Students to Share Findings Tuesday

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — About 700 students will display science posters about Earth’s biggest challenges at the 2015 Environmental Science Student Symposium at The Ohio State University. The event goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Ohio State’s Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public. This year marks the fourth year that Ohio State students enrolled in ENR 2100, an introductory environmental science course offered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will present posters on their final projects. The projects cover pressing topics such as desertification, biodiversity, water quality, fossil fuels and more. The course attracts a wide range of students, with nearly every major...
  11. Ohio State Students Launch ‘Environmental ScienceBites’ iBook

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new free iBook written by students in an introductory environmental science course at The Ohio State University describes some of Earth’s biggest challenges and how people are using cutting-edge science and engineering to provide sustainable solutions. Called Environmental ScienceBites, the 184-page e-book for Apple devices was written by undergraduate students in Introduction to Environmental Science, a course offered by Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The school is in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. A version of the book is also available for Android devices. The new book’s topics are as diverse as the students enrolled in the course, said the book’s lead editor, ...
  12. Environmental Film Series Starts Oct. 20

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Students from The Ohio State University and members of the broader community will screen and discuss six weekly environmental films with Ohio State and local experts in October and November. The series is designed to raise awareness of climate change and its economic, health, political and environmental impacts, said David Hanselmann, a lecturer in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. The network, which is a service of the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), is co-hosting the series with Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment. The series will also highlight how people’s use of land and water can still...
  13. Spend found sand

    Spent Foundry Sand’s Second Life: OK to Use in Some Soils

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A study by scientists at The Ohio State University played a key role in a recent public health and environmental risk assessment of reusing spent foundry sands, or SFS, in certain soil-related uses. The sands are a byproduct from the metal casting industry. Nicholas Basta, professor of soil and environmental science, and Elizabeth Dayton, research scientist, both in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, did an intensive analysis of SFS in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The school is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The scientists’ work supported a risk assessment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which found that silica-based...
  14. Student symposium

    700-Plus Ohio State Students to Share Their Environmental Science Work

    Editor: Members of the media are welcome to attend and interview the students. COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 700 Ohio State University environmental science students will present posters on their final course projects — on such timely topics as climate change, water quality, renewable energy and more — at the university’s third annual Environmental Science Student Symposium. The event goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Ohio State’s Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public. All the students are enrolled in Introduction to Environmental Science, an introductory course for both science and nonscience majors, said Brian Lower, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural...