Faculty Research Spotlight

Here you'll find special profiles of some of our faculty research. Check back often as we introduce you to more Ohio State researchers and their work.

Ohio State's "High Energy" Push for Sustainability

A September 1, 2012 football TV spot features some of the sustainable energy research at Ohio State.

Read the full story on the Ohio State homepage.

Race to Capture the Climate Record

A July 2, 2012 New York Times article features Ohio State Distinguished University Professor Lonnie Thompson.

Lonnie Thompson in Bolivia courtesy of NY Times

In a 1997 expedition, Lonnie G. Thompson, right, recovered ice with a solar-powered drill.
Photo: NY Times (George Steinmetz)

A Climate Scientist Battles Time and Mortality

Published: July 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio — One day in 1991, high in the thin, crystalline air of the Peruvian Andes, Lonnie G. Thompson saw that the world’s largest tropical ice cap was starting to melt. It was the moment he realized that his life’s work had suddenly become a race. Read on...

New OSU Climate Research Shows Sizeable Local Impact

Noel Cressie, a statistics professor and director of OSU Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics, crunched the numbers from multiple climate models and produced a detailed map showing where temperatures are likely to rise by at least two degrees Celsius by the year 2070. The results were published in spring 2012.

A recent news report featured Cressie's work and explored implications for central Ohio.

Coral at the Edge of Light

On an ocean ridge 300 feet beneath the island of Maui, one species of coral has found a place to hide—from global warming. Ohio State oceanographer Andrea Grottoli and her team pushed the limits of technology to visit this newly discovered coral community, and find out how it manages to survive so deep in the water, and so far away from sunlight. Read more.

Worker Bees and Ecological Engineering at the Wilds

Three years after planting on bare dirt at the reclaimed mine site now know as the Wilds, Ohio State biologist Karen Goodell and her team of students are back. They're studying how pollinators such as bees are adapting to--and advancing--the reclamation process.

Full circle in Cameroon

In northern Cameroon, there's a finite amount of land but lots of different people--and their cattle. And there's no central government policing the right to graze. But there is essentially no conflict over land use, and no environmental degradation due to overgrazing. Anthropologist Mark Moritz and his team are trying to learn how this equilibrium came about.

Drilling for Clues to Past Climates in Antarctica

Ohio State geologist Terry Wilson and her team are part of an international research collaboration to find out about our climate past using sediment cores below the water and ice in Antarctica.