Media Advisory: U.S. Agriculture Acting Deputy Secretary Visiting Campus May 30


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- U.S. Agriculture Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse will meet with Ohio State University researchers at the Wilma H. Schiermeier  Olentangy River Wetland Research Park on Thursday, May 30.

Acting Deputy Secretary Scuse will tour Ohio State’s Wetland Research Park and discuss the importance of maintaining a firm commitment to soil conservation and wetland protection. Continued research and innovation in the preservation of Ohio natural resources will help preserve wildlife habitats and build strong local economies related to hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.


  • Michael Scuse, USDA acting deputy secretary
  • Bruce McPheron, Vice President for Agricultural Administration, and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Ronald Hendrick, Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Lobby of Heffner Building at the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 West Dodridge Street, Columbus, Ohio   


10 a.m. Reporters meet in Heffner Building lobby and may accompany the tour for B-roll and photo opportunities (hold questions for 10:45 a.m. media availability). 

10:45 to 11 a.m. Media availability in the Heffner Building conference room.


  • David Hanselmann, Environmental Professionals Network
  • Lynn McCready, Schiermeier Wetlands overview
  • Mazeika Sullivan, Overview of future of aquatics program at School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Libby Dayton, Ohio Phosphorous Risk Index 
  • Mazeika Sullivan, Wet lab  renovations and Ohio Department of Natural Resources research  
  • Adam Kautza will lead walk to gated research area and view nesting boxes 
  • Gil Bohrer, College of Engineering Greenhouse gas/climate change research
  • View experimental wetlands and greenhouse gas sampling
  • Andy Ward, Two-stage ditch research, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Mazeika Sullivan, Mesocosm renovations/future research from pavilion      
  • Joe Bonnel, Anne Baird, the Watershed Academy and Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute
  • Jeremy Brooks, Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program, social sciences at the wetlands        
  • Media availability at Heffner Research Building


For more information: Tracy Turner, 614-688-1067;


Tracy Turner