Ongoing Research

Are you interested in learning more about the labs that use our facilities? Please read below to learn more about some of the work being done at the ORWRP!

The Osmia Bee Company

PI: Jamie Strange
Other Researcher(s): Dante Centuori
Project Goal/Summary: To investigate what pollen is used by Mason (Osmia) bees by placing trap nests in different agricultural, urban, and natural sites and sampling a portion of the Mason bees that nest in them to help determine best practice in raising Osmia bees. The ORWRP serves as one of the natural sites for nest placement.
Dante Centuori’s Lab: The Strange Lab: Bumble Bee Health and Genetics 

The Contribution of Microplastic to the Carbon Budget of Headwater Streams

PI: Dr. Rachel Gabor
Other Researcher(s): M.K. Rinderle and Megan Greige
Project Goal/Summary: To understand the role of land use change and season on dissolve and particulate organic matter in urban headwater streams and identify how plastic, as a common urban pollutant, contributes to the pool of organic matter.
Dr. Gabor’s Lab: The Hydrobiogeochemistry Lab 

Beyond Blooms: enhancing nesting resources for ground-nesting bee conservation

PI: Dr. Karen Goodell and Amber Fredenburg
Project Goal/Summary: To understand the effects of nesting habitat manipulations and urbanization on ground-nesting bee communities by identifying key habitat features used by ground-nesting bees and exploring the effectiveness of manipulations of nesting substrates for improving bee nesting activity.
Dr. Goodell’s Lab: The Goodell Lab 

Effects of intermittent light pollution on foraging and anti-predator behavior in Bluegill Sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus)

PI: Dr. Suzanne Gray
Other Researcher(s): Victoria Drum
Project Goal/Summary: To assess Bluegill foraging and anti-predator behavior under intermittent and continuous artificial lighting at night (ALAN), in combination with the presence of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), a common predator of Bluegill. The research aims to provide fisheries managers with an improved understanding of intermittent ALAN’s impacts on freshwater fishes, so its intrusion into aquatic habitats can be properly managed.
Dr. Gray’s Lab: Aquatic Physiological Ecology 

Ongoing projects under the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership between Ohio Division of Wildlife and Ohio State University along with additional partners including USFWS and several county park systems.

PI: Dr. Lauren Pintor
Other Researcher(s): Brian Zimmerman
Project Goal/Summary: To initiate and conduct reintroduction projects of Ohio’s fish species of Greatest Conservation Need using methods such as captive propagation and translocation. The ORWRP serves as a site for propagation of wetland/glacial lake-oriented fish species and rearing of juvenile Spotted Gar.
Dr. Pintor’s Lab: Species Interactions – Behavior – Invasion Ecology – Biodiversity