Good for both farming, Lake Erie

“We’re trying to find solutions to move the health of Lake Erie in the right direction, but at the same time, keep the ag industry vibrant,” said Chris Winslow, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory programs, quoted in a March 16 story in the Port Clinton News Herald. He was speaking at the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Agricultural Community Breakfast on March 15, and was referring to the issue of agricultural phosphorus runoff, a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other water bodies. Scientists with Ohio Sea Grant, CFAES, and other agencies and institutions are working to find ways to reduce that runoff.

March 22: World Water Day event at Ohio State

Ohio State is recognizing World Water Day with a Water Awareness event from noon to 3 p.m. this Thursday, March 22, in Great Hall Meeting Room #2 in the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. on the Columbus campus. Some 16 programs from Ohio State and the Columbus area will share displays on their efforts to protect water.

Some of those programs are part of or have partners from CFAES. They include Ohio Sea Grant, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, the InFACT Discovery Theme, the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Program, the Global Water Institute, and the TerrAqua student organization.

Admission is free and open to the public. Get details.

Check out these students’ stories

Discover Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program through the eyes of three students from CFAES. Then, after you do, check out the rest of CFAES’s engaging new Stories website.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s water science-focused campus on (and in) Lake Erie. (Photo: CFAES REU student Madeline Lambrix, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Grad students: Apply for Sea Grant fellowship

Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program is accepting applications through Feb. 16 for the 2018-2019 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If selected, you’ll work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and education communities to advance the region’s environmental and sustainability goals. Learn more.

Cool place to work, 4 jobs open

Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, has four research aide jobs open. Two will help the lab’s research coordinator, including by collecting water samples by boat, helping run experiments and reporting data. One will run the Aquatic Visitors Center. One will work as a general research assistant, including on efforts to conserve the Lake Erie water snake.

Visit the lab’s website.