Urban Ecosystems

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Urban Ecosystems Research at Ohio State

Urban ecosystems are unique environmental hot-spots with great potential for new knowledge and innovations. Ohio State research teams are looking at diverse aspects of urban ecosystems, including:

  • Study and remediation of water, air and soil systems for improved ecosystem services including health and food
  • Urban ecology including species diversity, invasives and sustainable pest management
  • Planning and policy for environmental and economic sustainability

Go to the Urban Ecosystems researchers group in our Directory.

Research Centers and Initiatives


Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development
Serves the growing urban landscape market by developing and commercializing new organic and biological products that meet the fertility and pest-, disease- and weed-control needs of urban landscapes.

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Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
An interdisciplinary of group of scholars in social/behavioral sciences, physical/environmental sciences, engineering, health/medical sciences, and the humanities focusing on the impact of public policies in urban and regional development on the economy, society, environment, and public health.

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Center for Resilience
The Center for Resilience is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to improving the resilience of industrial systems and the environments in which they operate.

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Initiative in Population Research
A multidisciplinary population and health research center at Ohio State University consisting of faculty across multiple departments.

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Environmental Communication, Analysis, and Research for Policy Working Group
Located within the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the ECARP is a multi-disciplinary research, development, and consultation center staffed by a core group of affiliated faculty members and graduate research associates representing the social, management, and natural sciences.

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Environmental Policy Initiative
This Initiative aims to stimulate and focus systematic collaboration in environmental policy, through research, graduate and undergraduate education, communication with the policy community, and interaction with the national and international community of scholars in environmental policy.

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Human Dimensions of the Environment Group
Human Dimensions of Environment (HDE) is an interdisciplinary research group at The Ohio State University focused on promoting social-behavioral approaches to the environment through cross-university research, teaching and outreach collaborations.

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Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
A long-term, large-scale wetland research facility designed to provide teaching, research, and service related to wetland and river science and ecological engineering.


Food Innovation Center
Interdisciplinary research center consisting of more than 150 faculty members and 80 associate members from all 14 OSU colleges in teams that tackle issues including nutrition, food safety and food strategy and policy for hunger reduction.

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Urban Coyote Ecology and Management
Collaborative project led by Ohio State School of Natural Resources and Extension focusing on the coyotes of Cook County, Illinois.

Graduate Programs with a Focus on Urban Ecosystems

City and Regional Planning
Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Science Graduate Program
Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
Landscape Architecture

For a complete list of environmental graduate programs, please visit the Graduate Programs page.