Because Water Is Life

The Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) is a signature facility of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. The overarching mission of the ORWRP is to acquire and communicate knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and water quality through research, teaching, and outreach. The ORWRP pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization – from microbes to ecosystems to landscapes.  Because of its urban location, the facility is uniquely positioned to address complex questions related to coupled social-natural systems.

The ORWRP also provides training for undergraduate and graduate students as well as service to the community through environmental outreach and extension. Through these activities, the ORWRP plays an important role in developing solutions to pressing conservation and management issues. Water is life!

Director’s Message

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!

We live in a time of great change: human activities continue to threaten water resources and aquatic ecosystems both here in Ohio and around the globe. Functioning aquatic ecosystems – watersheds, wetlands, streams, rivers, coasts, and lakes – are critical to both environmental and human health. The Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is a transdisciplinary research, education, and outreach center dedicated to understanding watershed, wetland, and coastal environments and their interactions.

ORWPR Director Dr. Mažeika Sullivan

Our focus on ecosystems, the land-water interface, and coupled human-natural processes enables us to inform policy and provide high-impact applied solutions for a resilient environment, sustainable economies, and high quality of life. We believe that the advancement of science requires the intellectual breadth and participation of a broad, diverse community and we are committed to equity, justice, and inclusivity in all our pursuits.

I invite you to explore who we are and what we do!


Dr. Mažeika Patricio Sulliván

Contact Us

General Questions

Chris Tonra, PhD
Chair, Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Krystal Pocock
Research and Outreach Coordinator

Glenn Mills
Facility Manager

To reserve space or schedule research, education, or outreach activities, please visit the Facility Use – Reservations page.