Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

ASM undergrad fellow Gerbig and Dr. Smith test for Staphylococcus in the lab City rats are unlikely to be on anyone's list of favorite animals, but researching exactly how they are problematic for public health provided a unique opportunity this past summer for Gracen Gerbig, Kent State junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Ms. Gerbig's summer research was supported by an Undergraduate Research Fellowship award...

A member of the grounds crew plows snow from walkways on the Front Campus area of the Kent Campus during a winter snowstorm. Kent State University Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Ph.D., confirmed the possibility that increasing amounts of road salt could potentially end up in Ohio’s water supply, but it is very unlikely. Dr. Kinsman-Costello has spent decades studying water patterns in Portage and Cuyahoga counties. “The amount of...

Dave Costello, Ph.D., (left), assistant professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Devan Mathie (right), an undergraduate honors student, stand in Wahoo Ditch in Ravenna, Ohio. The work of 153 ecological researchers from 40 countries, including Kent State University Assistant Professor Dave Costello, Ph.D., from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, has revealed new findings on the effect of climatic factors on river-based ecosystems. The findings are published in the latest issue of...

Students perform environmental research in Kent State natural areas 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...

Grassland in Magersfontein (near Kimberley, South Africa), 1900 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...

Grassland in Magersfontein (near Kimberley, South Africa), 1900 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. Although climate change is often viewed as the overriding global...

Workers install a green roof onto the lower roof of Taylor Hall at Kent State University. The plants will help insulate the building, control water runoff and provide less glare. 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.  Faculty from Kent State University will join colleagues from the...

Workers install a green roof onto the lower roof of Taylor Hall at Kent State University. The plants will help insulate the building, control water runoff and provide less glare. Congratulations to Raissa Mendonca-PhD student in the lab of David Costello.   One of our Biological Sciences graduate students (Raissa Mendonca ) has been selected for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Chris Lee Award: https://www.setac.org/page/SETACAwardSICA.  They only give one of these out a year to an outstanding...

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

Workers install a green roof onto the lower roof of Taylor Hall at Kent State University. The plants will help insulate the building, control water runoff and provide less glare. 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...

Elizabeth Herndon, Ph.D, assistant professor of geology in Kent State University, received a five-year, $487,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. 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...