Environmental Science and Design Research Institute

Turtle Bay Wetland

Kent State researchers are studying how the presence of waterfowl contributes to the health of wetland ecosystems. 

Forest photo by Robert Boyd

Kent State researchers are studying the ways that insects help in the recovery of forests. 

Kent State Magazine

While Kent State graduates leave the university well-prepared to work in their fields nationally and internationally, their impact across the Northeast Ohio region—and the entire state—cannot be understated.

Bioblitz 2023 Map

Bioblitz is an annual Kent State event that invites anyone to explore nature and collect data alongside a faculty expert. 

Dorceta Taylor ESDRI Symposium Keynote Speaker

Issues concerning environmentalism and race will be explored at the 2023 ESDRI Symposium, April 13-14, at Kent State University

Drone footage shows the freight train derailment, Feb. 6, 2023, in East Palestine, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of Ntsbgov/via Reuters)

Kent State University faculty members have been contacted by various media outlets to lend their expert opinions and insight as cleanup work, air monitoring, water testing and more continues following the Feb. 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Tabitha Ludwiczak, who worked extensively on the project, graduated with a BS in Zoology in Spring 2022

When driving in the rain, it is unlikely that you have thought much about how the environment is affected, let alone how nearby aquatic sources are impacted.

A close-up shot of a bee on a flower in the Beyer-Murin Gardens on the Kent Campus. Photo by Robert Christy

Over half of the described species in the world are insects. Although many people think of insects as pests, they play vital roles and have a big impact on our invaluable ecosystems, as pollinators, helping break down wastes, and as an essential food source for many other organisms.

Melissa Davis leads a group of students through the Herrick Conservatory

Last Friday, students got a guided tour of the Herrick Conservatory,  home to diverse and exotic greenery on the Kent Campus.