Ohio Sea Grant Program
- Contact Name
- Jeffery M. Reutter
- Job Title
- [email protected]
- Contact Address
- 1314 Kinnear Rd, Area 100, Columbus, OH 43212-1156
- Ohio Sea Grant Program
The Ohio Sea Grant Program (OSG) is housed at Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus. Similar to other state-based Sea Grant programs Ohio's program focus is in three areas: research, education and outreach.
In the research arena OSG funds a broad range of research projects in various areas. The program identifies and prioritizes research issues with input from state and federal agencies, top scientists in the state, and through its extension specialists and their private sector advisory committees. Research proposals are solicited from every college and university in Ohio. OSU's Stone Laboratory serves as a prime research station. Located on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie, approximately 15 miles northwest of the City of Sandusky, the laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of OSU's teaching and research on Lake Erie. The lab serves as a base for more than 65 researchers from 12 agencies and academic institutions, all working year-round to solve problems facing the Great Lakes. OSG also provides online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data that has been generated from sponsored research projects.
In the education area, OSG is well known for the development of outstanding curriculum materials for grades 4-12, for the training of science teachers, and for research contributions to the education profession. In addition it conducts a variety of virtual workshops, offers online courses, and sponsors teacher fellowships. More recently it has developed the technology to conduct distance learning into schools and other venues.
In addition to the educational outreach mentioned above, OSG's produces Twine Line, the program's newsletter, and hosts the Lake Erie Discussion Board, an online forum of questions and answers. Issued quarterly, the newsletter covers issues, events, and research related to Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. Geared toward the public, agencies, media and elected officials, each 12-page issue includes three pages devoted to the Stone Laboratory. Twine Line is viewable online, or available in a printed version for a $10 annual subscription rate.