Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Brian Ohsowski, PhD

Title/s: Advanced Lecturer

Office #: BVM 211

Phone: 773.508.8920

E-mail: bohsowski@luc.edu

CV Link: Ohsowski

External Webpage: http://www.ohsowski-ecology.com/

About

Ohsowski teaches courses focused on restoration ecology and conservation biology at IES. He delivers course content necessary to understand the current state of human impacted systems by emphasizing approaches and challenges in applied ecology. He is interested in contemporary threats to biodiversity, including habitat fragmentation, the spread of invasive species, and global climate change. Students will understand how the science of ecological systems can be used to address issues in habitat conservation and restoration. In addition, he is actively engaged in the future career success of his students. He spends time working with students on skills necessary to compose cover letters/resumes and relay the importance of ecological internships.

Degrees

  • PhD in Biology at University of British Columbia
  • MSc in Ecology and Organismal Biology at Eastern Michigan University
  • BSc in Biology at Eastern Michigan University

Program Areas

  • Restoring endemic aquatic and terrestrial communities in human impacted ecosystems
  • Understanding the role of soil communities in impacted landscape recovery
  • Emphasizing experimental design and statistical methodology in restoration ecology
  • Strengthening partnerships among academics, industry, and local communities to emphasize the importance of ecosystem services

Research Interests

As a research scientist, Ohsowski is invested in the preservation and, when necessary, restoration of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. His research strives to counteract human-induced impacts on the landscape that range from localized disturbances (i.e. deforestation/resource extraction) to global climate change. Ohsowski's research interests investigate practical, ecologically-based methods to assist the recovery of plant, animal, and soil communities after habitat disturbance. In his research he integrates remediation tools that reduce human waste and sequester greenhouse gases in addition to creating quality native habitat. Such amendments can include soil additions (i.e municipal compost, biochar, biosolids) or biotic inoculation (i.e. arbuscular mycorrhizae, n-fixing bacteria, earthworms). With the addition of these amendments, human waste streams can be reduced, biofuels produced, and habitat recovery can be accelerated.

Ohsowski's current research focus is two-fold: (1) He investigates soil biogeochemical cycles, soil food webs, and native plant community recovery in severely disturbed mine areas. (2) He is part of a wetland ecology team at Loyola University Chicago which investigates Typha x glauca invasion dynamics in coastal Great Lakes marshes. For more information, please visit his website.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • LUC Restoration Club (Fall 2014-Present)
  • LUC Mycological Club (Fall 2015-Present)

Courses Taught

  • UCSF 137: The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues
  • ENVS 137: Foundations of Environmental Science
  • ENVS 223: Intro to Soils
  • ENVS 286: Principles of Ecology Lab
  • ENVS 320: Conservation Biology
  • ENVS 321: Conservation Biology Lab
  • ENVS 330: Restoration Ecology
  • ENVS 331: Restoration Ecology Lab

Awards

Academic:

  • Carbon Fellowship Student Award: Leann Ngo Loyola University Chicago Award Amount: $15,000 Total Chicago, IL (Fall 2014-Spring 2016)
  • LUROP Student Awards: Eight Students Loyola University Chicago Award Amount: $16,000 Total Chicago, IL (Fall 2014-Present)
  • McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentorship Loyola University Chicago Award Amount: $2,500 Chicago, IL (Fall 2016)

Selected Publications

 

  • Landrum, N. and B. Ohsowski. 2017. Identifying worldviews on corporate sustainability: A content analysis of corporate sustainability reports. Business Strategy and the Environment. Accepted: July 31, 2017.
  • Ohsowski, B.M., Dun eld, K.E., Klironomos, J.N., and M.M. Hart. 2017. Plant response to biochar, compost, and mycorrhizal fungal amendments in post{mine sandpits. Restoration Ecology doi:10.1111/rec.12528
  • Landrum, N. and B.M. Ohsowski. 2017. Content trends in sustainable business education: An analysis of introductory courses in the U.S. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 18(3): 385{414)

For a complete list of publications, awards, grants and affiliations, please see his CV.