Phosphorus up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T? Where to look for answers

Presentations at a Sept. 9 field day near Marion — on cover crops, no-till and more — will help farmers tackle Lake Erie’s phosphorus problem, said one of the event’s organizers. CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, is one of the event’s sponsors. Get details. To stop harmful algal blooms, the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force is recommending a 40-percent cut in phosphorus loading in the lake and its tributaries.

‘It’s a real experiential learning process for the students’

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park  CFAES Dr. Mazeika SullivanSome returning CFAES students are finding their classroom all wet, by design. In fact, you might see them in waders. Five courses taught through the School of Environment and Natural Resources are meeting at, and in, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park during autumn semester 2014, part of a plan to increasingly use its 52 acres of marsh and mud, frogs and geese, fish and water for teaching. Read the story. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain, CFAES Communications.)

CFAES study: Global warming may dry out, wipe out Southwest US fish

Speckled_DaceFish species native to a major Arizona watershed may lose access to key parts of their habitat by 2050 as global warming reduces surface water flow, suggests new research led by CFAES scientist Kristin Jaeger. Read the story. (Photo: Speckled dace, a species of the study’s watershed, by Roger Tabor, USFWS.)

Feel the heat; or, you can’t tell how hot till you try

Mark Stewart, director of the University of Newcastle, Australia’s Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, presents “Climate Change Risk Assessment: Is Adaptation a Workable Solution to Climate Change?” from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., in Columbus. He’s a visiting scholar at the Mershon center. Details and a link to register here.

Aug. 28: What does science say about global warming?

The Wooster Science Café series hosts a talk called “Anthropogenic Climate Change: What Does Science Say About Global Warming?” by CFAES scientist Dan Herms at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, at the First Amendment Public House, 150 W. Liberty St., Wooster. Free. Co-sponsored by CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, and the College of Wooster. Herms is professor and chair in the Department of Entomology and a member of Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team.

Help shape the next 5 years of sustainability in Columbus

Downtown Columbus Ohio.(Jodi Miller)Ten years ago, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman launched the Get Green Columbus initiative. Now you can help the city shape its next five years of sustainability by commenting on “The Columbus Green Community Plan: Green Memo III.” CFAES researchers have been working with the city to build a survey to gather this feedback to help prioritize actions in the domains of transportation, water, energy, climate, the built environment, local food, ecological systems, waste reduction and community engagement. Click here to fill out surveys for as many of these domains as you’d like! For more information: Jeremy Brooksbrooks.719@osu.edu. (Photo: Jodi Miller.)

Go for the gold

dandelion video for GB

Reuters reporter Ludwig Burger recently talked to CFAES scientist Katrina Cornish for a story on global efforts to develop Russian dandelions as a new source of tire rubber. Read the story. Watch a related video. Cornish works for CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. One of OARDC’s focus areas involves developing new biobased products such as this one.

How to keep the chill off grapes

DSC03465_1 (3)Visitors watch hilling equipment in action at the Aug. 13 Ohio Grape and Wine Day at OARDC’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station in Kingsville. The practice of “hilling up” can help protect grafted grape vines from cold damage, such as Ohio saw last winter. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: Ken Scaife.)

What happens to wildlife in a wildfire; or, things we lose (and gain) in a fire

image of wildfire 2Fire plays a role in the ecology of most forests. But what does it do to the wildlife that lives there? National Geographic’s Daily News recently talked to CFAES scientist Mazeika Sullivan. (Photo: Terry Tompkins, USDA Forest Service.)

Workshop aims to cut nutrient exports into Great Lakes, Mississippi waters

CFAES and Chicago’s Greenleaf Advisors are teaming up to host a new workshop and symposium, Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, Sept. 15-16 in Columbus. The event is “dedicated to the development of multidisciplinary and whole system management practices for the agricultural lands that impact our nation’s waters,” its website says. Farm, agency and university experts will be among the speakers. Set to take place annually, the event aims to cut nutrient exports (such as of algal bloom-fueling phosphorus) in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. The website includes the agenda, case studies, and online registration and payment.