Largest Research Grant Ever Received by College to Fund Urban Wildlife Study
Campus News

Franklin College students and faculty will soon benefit from a record-breaking research grant to study Canada geese in urban landscapes.

The grant, which is administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, will fund a collaborative investigation involving the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Ball State University and Franklin College. The four-year grant includes a $250,000 award, which will fund Franklin College’s unique contribution to the study.

Each partner involved in the project will study the management of Canada geese populations in distinct urban settings across central Indiana. Franklin College’s optimal location south of Indianapolis will permit researchers to examine the topic firsthand in one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest.

Associate professor of biology, Ben O’Neal, Ph.D., who serves as one of the Principal Investigators for the study, called Canada geese a “profound example of the complexity of our human interactions with nature.”

“Appropriate management of these beautiful, but contentious creatures necessitates deliberate, evidence-based decision making,” O’Neal said. “This study will help meet that need and also offer Franklin College students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the practical work of wildlife research and management.”

“As a campus committed to providing students with an array of research and other opportunities that take them outside of the traditional classroom, we are delighted that Professor O’Neal has cultivated this research partnership,” said Lori Schroeder, provost and dean of the college.  “Students benefit enormously from this type of research and from working with dedicated professors such as Ben.”

 For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED May 2, 2019