Environmental Science and Design Research Institute

Ornate burrowing frog, Platyplectrum ornatum, photo by Stephen Mahony Is there anything quite as exciting and fulfilling as following your passion and getting to use the latest technologies to do it? When you find both early in your career you have hit the proverbial jackpot. Finding himself in what he describes as “a great time to be in the field” of evolutionary biology,...

Image of a book and notebook laid out on a table in front of a bookcase. Kent State University has recently received a flurry of grants totaling more than $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will support research and innovation in a wide range of fields within the College of Arts and Sciences.  “We’re thrilled to receive this funding,” Vice President of Research and Sponsored...

Close up of a cotton plant in a cotton field. From the iconic outfits made famous by Michael Jackson to the hit television show “What Not to Wear,” the fashion industry continues to emerge as an impactful influencer in many areas of societal behavior. Fashion and style, for many years, have been widely accepted as a means of self expression and individuality. Movies, TV shows, social media...

A collage of images from a CENRS research site. Kent State University’s Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability (CENRS) tracks and facilitates the use of Kent State-owned natural areas for research, teaching and engagement, promoting an understanding of the natural environment around the Kent Campus, and...

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Research ship in the Arctic One of Kent State University’s newest faculty members in the Department of Geology has already made her mark with the recent publication of her and her colleagues’ work to better understand the effects of global warming as it relates to the arctic ocean. Allyson Tessin, Ph.D., assistant professor, specializes...

Asiatic Bittersweet, photo credit to Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences would like to congratulate three faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences who recently co-authored a 384-page hardcover book, “Problem Plants of Ohio,” published by the Kent State University Press and available on Amazon.com. Adjunct...

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A scientist looking through a microscope Since March, COVID-19 has become a widespread topic of conversation. Finding ways to explain what this virus is, how one can treat it and how to slow the spread of the virus are just a few commonly asked questions with few clear answers. However, one Kent State University professor is helping to identify areas where spikes in infection rates may...

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Women bored on her phone looking out the window. It would not be surprising if you have a social media app open right now; however, you may not be getting the enjoyment out of it that you think you are. In a recent publication in Computers in Human Behavior, two Kent State University professors examined the relationship between social media usage and boredom. Students may be surprised by the...

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Looking at the clouds of a hurricane from above Climate change can now be measured on a global scale using multiple weather variables, according to new research from Kent State University. In 2018, Cameron C. Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State, began researching how weather types have changed over a 40-year period....

Dave Costello, Ph.D., (left), associate 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. Kent State University’s David Costello, Ph.D., is passionate about identifying what trace metals lie within Northeast Ohio’s streams and what the effects of these metals are on the surrounding environment. Costello, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received a $718,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to...