‘Addressing issues of food security’: Loyola scientist to speak at Ohio State

Chris Peterson of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago presents “Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service” from 4-5 p.m., Thursday, April 2. Free. Part of the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details.

Goal: ‘To get people to care while there’s still time’

Joel Sartore Scarlet IbisesBig thanks to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore for his talk last night at Ohio State and to CFAES’s David Hanselmann and his colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Environmental Professionals Network for serving as hosts. Some 800 people packed the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. If your interests include wildlife of all kinds and sizes (from veiled chameleons to Francois langurs to Sumatran tigers), photography, and saving Earth’s sadly, ridiculously threatened biodiversity, check out Sartore’s stunning Photo Ark project. (Photo: Scarlet ibises, joelsartore.com.)

Apocalypse imminent? How to save our salamanders

Protecting Salamanders 3A new fungal disease could wipe out America’s rich salamander diversity (nearly a quarter of the world’s total salamander species) unless steps are taken to stop it. Learn more in April’s program by the Environmental Professionals Network. (Photo: Tiger salamander, iStock.)

Take your trees and their friends to school

Tree School 2Discover your green, leafy friends — and lots of their own friends, too — at Tree School, another coming event by CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. Details. Vernal pool? Yeah, we can build that.

What can you do with your woods?

Workshop on Woods and Wildlife 2New to owning a woodland? See what you can do with it in an upcoming workshop by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.

‘There’s a lot of influence coming from Ohio State’

“Students help Columbus rank in top 30 green power cities,” says the headline of a recent story by Nick Roll in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern. Among those quoted are CFAES’s Neil Drobny and Greg Hitzhusen.

‘We need new, dynamic, cost-effective technologies for aquaculture’

Mohammad AlamNine-plus billion. That is what the global population is expected to reach by the year 2050, precipitating an unprecedented demand for food and other resources. The statistic and its implications have dominated discussions at recent international meetings and symposia, with a particular emphasis on the need to sustainably intensify agricultural production. Often overlooked, however, is how the world’s developing regions are beginning to look beyond their staple food sources (rice, corn, etc.) and more toward fish and other seafood to feed their growing populations. This trend has been the motivation behind research conducted by CFAES’s Mohammad Alam, a PhD student in fisheries and wildlife …

How to raise poultry in your own backyard

Raising Poultry in the CityCFAES and the central Ohio group Local Matters are teaming up to hold a workshop called “Raising Poultry in the City.” It’s from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at CFAES’s Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Free admission. No registration required. Details here. (Photo: iStock.)

Super bowl

Goji BerriesCFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers will hold a workshop this Thursday, March 19, on growing “super berries” (such as the goji berries shown here) in Ohio. Details. The centers are in Piketon. (Photo: iStock.)

How to dive into water science

Discovery water 1Meera Nadathur, a student at Cincinnati’s Sycamore High School, wants to work in environmental sciences. She took a step toward that goal through Ohio 4-H, whose 200 projects stress hands-on learning. Nadathur, 15, did the Ways of Knowing Water project, a timely topic given last year’s crisis in Toledo. In all, Ohio 4-H has over 200,000 members statewide, ages 5-19. The program, run by OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, is celebrating Ohio 4-H Week this week. Read more …