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Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

A main aim of the ESDRI is to consider the inextricable relationship between human and natural systems as we develop innovative knowledge, products and solutions that address local, regional, and global issues in this era of human influence.  The initiative also provides opportunities that aid faculty, advance their research, establish interdisciplinary collaborations, and procure extramural funding. 

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Kent State University has a broad range of faculty, resources, and opportunities that come together to make it a leader in environmental science and water resources. The Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability (CENRS) was established in 2011 to showcase the strength of environmental sciences at Kent State, establish collaborative opportunities with local institutions, and help coordinate activities within the natural properties owned by Kent State University. Continuing the university's commitment to this area, Dr.

Ecosystems in today's world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. What happens when these changes interact? That was the topic of a recent paper published by David Ward, Ph.D., the Art and Margaret Herrick Endowed Professor of Plant Biology in Kent State University's Department of Biological Sciences, and international colleagues and graduate students in the journal Scientific Reports.

Ecosystems in today's world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. What happens when these changes interact? That was the topic of a recent paper published by Dr. David Ward and international colleagues and graduate students in the journal Scientific Reports.

At the 16th Annual CitiesAlive Conference recently held in New York City, a consortium of Ohio universities was selected as one of the first four North American regional centers of living architecture by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the Green Infrastructure Foundation

Congratulations to Raissa Mendonca-PhD student in the lab of David Costello.

 

The Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI) was excited to be able to offer competitively awarded seed grant funding to research teams in Spring semester 2018.  ESDRI was established in 2017 to support faculty efforts to achieve continued scholarly success in areas of research concerning both natural and built systems.

The greenhouse effect is one of the most widely known causes of global climate change. It is currently caused by an excess of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere due to burning of fossil fuels. Some natural processes can help slow climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere. For example, plants filter CO2 out of air and transfer carbon into soil where it can be sequestered for decades to centuries.

For anyone who has traveled to Kent State over the summer, the Summit Street construction project has been quite an inconvenience for drivers. For Lauren Kinsman-Costello, though, it’s an opportunity to make the campus more ecologically friendly and establish trends in biology, chemistry, geology and ecology.

What some call a sustainable answer to urban flaws, Anna Droz calls research. As a biological sciences doctoral student in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Droz’s curiosity has developed into a passion, maybe even an obsession, to discover the best vegetative roof combinations with the optimal plants, soil, and micro-organism communities.

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