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Hatching a new hypothesis about egg shape diversity

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:45pm

The research of Mary Caswell Stoddard, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI-affiliated faculty, suggests that the shape of an egg for a bird of a given species may be driven in part by features of a bird’s physiology related to its capability for flight.

Rising sea levels will boost moderate floods in some areas, severe floods in others

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

A new study by researchers at Princeton and Rutgers universities found that sea-level rise will boost the occurrence of moderate flooding in cities along the southeastern coast, while areas that have little history of severe flooding are likely to experience a greater uptick in the number of severe, or even historically unprecedented, floods.

Protecting nature, preserving humanity: A Q&A with Robert Pringle

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Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:45am

Robert Pringle, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, advocates in a June 1 perspective piece in the journal Nature for a global effort to upgrade and enlarge protected areas. In this Q&A, Pringle discusses his article, the need to defend and shore up protected areas, and how, if we forsake our remaining wild places, we risk losing the foundations of a healthy planet and the links to other living things that make us human.

In 'The Environmental Nexus,' students explore the many paths to saving the planet

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:00am

In the "Environmental Nexus" course that debuted this semester, undergraduates approach the environmental crisis from four distinct perspectives — science, ethics, politics and economics, and arts and literature. The course's unique structure prepares students to deal with the future effects of the global environmental crisis — particularly climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and food and water shortages — which will likely touch every facet of their lives.

Princeton researchers visit Texas wind farm for a first-hand look at growing energy sector

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Princeton University researchers visited the BP-owned Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Texas on May 3 to understand the technical and financial aspects of wind power and to search for research projects that would be valuable to the industry. Support for the trip was provided by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

New model helps predict regional and seasonal sea ice extent

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:45am

Scientists including PEI's Gabriel Vecchi have developed a new method to forecast the extent of sea ice in some regions of the Arctic up to 11 months in advance. The method, which incorporates information about ocean temperatures and focuses on regions rather than the entire Arctic Sea, could help in the planning of activities ranging from shipping to oil and gas extraction, fishing and tourism.

‘A Bee, a Tree, What’s In It For Me?’ Class examines environmental policy

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:15pm

Climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer and ecologist David Wilcove, both affiliated with the Princeton Environmental Institute, teamed up to explore a range of environmental concerns through a policy lens in the spring course “The Environment: Science and Policy.”

Nitrogen contained in coral provides evidence of human impact on the open ocean

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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:30am

“Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition is, perhaps, substantially less severe than has been argued,” said PEI affiliated faculty, Daniel Sigman. In other words, the results of this study suggest that atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the open ocean “is not the problem we may need to worry the most about,” he said. 

Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 10:45am

Researchers in the lab of Howard Stone, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and PEI-associated faculty, have reported in the journal Nature Communications a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters.