Are you interested in conducting research at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park?

We accept research requests on a rolling basis. All requests are evaluated by our research coordinator and leadership committee to ensure we can accommodate the project and to provide an accurate quote for facility use. Requests must be made at least 60 days before the intended start date of the research, but we strongly encourage folks to seek approval prior to the submission of grant proposals that require use of the facility. Facility availability is not guaranteed.

To submit a request:

  • Download and complete our research request form
  • Email your completed form to our Research Coordinator, Krystal Pocock (pocock.20@osu.edu), and the ORWRP general mailbox (water@osu.edu).
  • Be sure to include a copy of your research proposal and any necessary permits.

Please note that researchers will be required to provide the ORWRP with a one-page research summary at the conclusion of the project to use for education and outreach. We encourage researchers to work closely with our research and outreach coordinator throughout the project. 

Questions? Email Krystal Pocock or water@osu.edu.

Available Facilities

Facilities available for research use at the ORWRP include:

  • Heffner Building
    • Analytical lab (Room 104)
  •  Olentangy River
    • Access to ~0.9km reach of Olentangy River (non-wadeable) between two low-head
      dams and access to ~0.2km reach of Olentangy River (wadeable) below one of
      the low-head dams. Manual boat launch is available in the larger reach; however, the
      location does not have a formal boat launch for motorized boat access.
  • Tributary stream to Olentangy River
    • Small stream with shrub and grass riparian area. Begins at outflow of experimental
      wetlands and travels to the Olentangy River. Receives inputs from bioreserve pond
      and oxbow wetland. Stream flow is dependent on precipitation and Olentangy River stage.
  • Bioreserve Pond
    • Small pond surrounded by grassy vegetation that is connected to a tributary of the
      Olentangy River
  • Constructed, experimental wetlands
    • Two, 1-ha experimental wetlands with elevated boardwalks for observation and
  • Oxbow wetland (I.e., Billabong)
    • Experimental wetland, no formal structures
  • Experimental mesocosm facility
    • 64, 210-gallon tubs for controlled experiments using either well or river
    • Complex can be enclosed by shade cloth
  • Other unique habitats on-site include:
    • Bottomland hardwood forest, storm water wetland, Odum Pond (ephemeral)

Associated Fees

Please see below for fees associated with facility use. We encourage faculty to include these costs in budgets for grant proposals.

Fee Description   Cost
Facility Access Fees – Research/Daily $50.00
Facility Access Fees – Research/Monthly $500.00
Facility Access Fees – Research/Annual $5,000.00
Mesocosm Facility Access Fee – Set-up $300.00
Mesocosm Facility Access Fee – Take down $300.00
Mesocosm Facility Access Fee – Research Weekly, Per tank $37.00