“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


Amphibians of Ohio

  • The Amphibians of Ohio is now available!  This volume 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.  We anticipate that the book will ship in October.  Click here to learn more and to order online.  Read the press release.


Ohio Natural History Conference


OBS Notes Series

  • A new Biological Note has been published that describes the herpetofauna of a fly-ash disposal site in southern Ohio.  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.


BioOhio, Winter 2013/2014

  • The latest issue of BioOhio, the Quarterly Newsletter of the Ohio Biological Survey, is now available.  Feel free to download the issue and share with those you think might be interested. After you have read the issue, join the discussion on our Facebook Page.


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!