“Humanity desperately needs a more extensive and integrated biology—for personal and public health, support of biotechnology, resource management, conservation, and not least, a more complete and wiser understanding of our own species. The wellspring of the new biology is scientific natural history.”

–E.O. Wilson, 2011, Forward to Field Notes on Science and Nature, Harvard University Press

News and Events


Ohio Natural History Conference

  • The 2017 Ohio Natural History Conference was held Saturday, February 25, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, OH. Relive the moments on Twitter and view the days activities at the links below.





Amphibians of Ohio

  • The Amphibians of Ohio represents the most comprehensive treatment to date of the state’s frogs, toads, and salamanders; covering all aspects of natural history, taxonomy, systematics, conservation, sampling techniques, and more.  Click here to learn more and to order online.  Read the press release.


  • The winter issue of BioOhio, the Quarterly Newsletter of the Ohio Biological Survey is available for you to review. Feel free to download the issue and join the conversation on our Facebook Page. BioOhio is a benefit of membership in OBS. To stay up-to-date and receive current issues of the newsletter, consider becoming a member.


OBS Notes Series

  • A new Biological Note has been published that describes bee diversity in the Appalachian foothills. The Notes Series is the online, peer-reviewed OBS journal.  If you are looking for an outlet for your natural history research, please consider contributing a manuscript.  View the journal site to learn more.


Wild Ohio

The Ohio Biological Survey (OBS) is an inter-institutional consortium of colleges, universities, museums, agencies, metro parks, arboreta, zoos, other organizations, and individuals in Ohio and the surrounding region. By cooperating with the professional staffs of membership, OBS produces and disseminates objective scientific and technical information concerning the flora and fauna of Ohio and areas of which Ohio is an integral part.

  • Publication Highlight:

    "Amphibians of Ohio" by Pfingsten, et al., Now Available!