Center for Ecology & Natural Resource Sustainability
Lush with lakes, wetlands, and forests, Kent State University and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area are rich in natural resources. The mission of the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability is to promote an understanding of the natural environment and its resources through:
- scientific research
- education of students at Kent State University and beyond
- programs to restore and preserve the integrity of natural areas
To accomplish these goals, the Center serves as a focal point of organization for both people interested in ecological issues and the natural areas owned by Kent State University. Here you will find information about the research and educational opportunities in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Natural Resource Sustainability at Kent State University and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area.
Kent State - Holden Arboretum Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students will conduct research with faculty mentors on terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban-impacted ecosystems. A wide variety of potential topics may be studied; examples include effects of acid rain or land use change, nutrient cycling, plant-soil interactions, hydrology, and stream invertebrates. The program was designed to take advantage of the Kent-Holden partnership, and unique resources provided by each institution.
Students will get field and lab experience at both Kent State and Holden, participate in weekly seminars, and learn about hypothesis generation, project design, ethics in research, and data archiving in a geospatial database.
Students participating in the program will be provided housing and stipend. See the Kent State-Holden REU website for more information, application details, and important dates.
Kent State 2013 Water Research Symposium
On November 14-15, 2013, our Water Research Symposium showcased the opportunities created by scientific research on maintaining and improving water quality, particularly in changing urban environments. Speakers came from Kent State University, the Pacific Institute, Duke University, Cary Institute, and University of Maryland. In addition, over 50 posters were presented by students and faculty from Kent State and other universities and colleges, as well as representatives from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies. Additional information can be found here.
New Agreement Signed between Kent State and Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The new Memorandum of understanding signed between Kent State and Cuyahoga Valley National Park complements Kent State's membership in the national Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, making Kent State and national parks eligible for expedited collaborative opportunities. Read more about the new MOU here.
Enhancing education and research in our natural areas
One of the main goals of CENRS is to help coordinate education and research activities on Kent State property. In Summer 2012, we began an inventory and description of natural areas owned by Kent State, which includes valuable wetlands and mature forests. The inventory will be made available through reports and a GIS database, and is the starting point for more organized activities in these areas.In Fall 2012, the project will be expanded with a grant from the Dominion Foundation Higher Education Partnership. We will be establishing a geospatial database to store environmental data collected on properties owned by Kent State and elsewhere. The database will provide access to data from within GIS software and through a spatial interface on the internet. As students and researchers deposit data into the database over time, it will develop into a rich bank of information that can be used for temporal studies, in spatial visualization, and to link different types of data.
Service learning activities
In Spring 2012, Sarah Kitson and Jenna Martin served as service learning liaisons, assisting faculty to design and implement service learning activities in their courses. Community partners hosting the service learning activities include Portage County Parks and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The program is a partnership with the Collaborative Learning for Environmental Action Network (CLEAN).
Last Spring, the presentations and activities organized by these service learning liaisons exposed 179 students enrolled in four classes to applications of environmental science in the real world. The Spring courses included "Forestry" and "Conservation of Natural Resources" taught by Dan Ross, and "Invertebrate Zoology" taught by Ferenc De Szalay. In addition, a unique special topics course was set up to take advantage of the opportunity presented by this program: "Special Topics: Service Learning in Environmental Biology" co-taught by Drs. Ross and De Szalay. Sarah has stayed on for Fall 2012 and is organizing activities for additional classes.
News from CENRS and other sources
Ecotone - News from the Ecological Society of America
ESA Policy News November 19: US, China reach emissions agreement, NSF ‘Truthy’ study scrutinized, House committee chairs named for 2015
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
‘Threatened’ listing for Gunnison sage grouse rouses political scuffle
A pair of Gunnison sage grouse. Credit/US Fish a […]
Madagascar team tracks lemurs as they spread the seeds of the rainforest
On the island nation of Madagascar, the long-limbed loc […]
ideastream - Environment News from Northeast Ohio Public Broadcasting
Regional News Stories: A Quest For Wild Gobblers Becomes Fowl Obsession (Tuesday, November 25)
You'll find wild turkeys in every county, Ohio officials say. Game on!
Regional News Stories: Port Authority Announces Dredging Solution (Thursday, November 20)
The plan aims to facilitate ship traffic, ward off pollutants, and sell treated sediment.
Regional News Stories: Ohio House Committee Passes Bill Addressing Algae Blooms (Tuesday, November 18)
It’s been three months since toxic algae left thousands of people in Toledo without water.