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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.

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.

RESEARCH HONOR: Coverdale receives ESA Graduate Student Policy Award

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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tyler Coverdale, a graduate student in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was one of six graduate students nationwide to receive a Graduate Student Policy Award from The Ecological Society of America. Recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and discuss the importance of federal funding for the biological and ecological sciences.

Study: Cold Climates and Ocean Carbon Sequestration

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:30pm

We know a lot about how carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can drive climate change, but how about the way that climate change can cause fluctuations in CO2 levels? New research from an international team of scientists reveals one of the mechanisms by which a colder climate was accompanied by depleted atmospheric CO2 during past ice ages.

The overall goal of the work is to better understand how and why the earth goes through periodic climate change, which could shed light on how man-made factors could affect the global climate.

How Temperature Guides Where Species Live and Where They'll Go

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:30am

For decades, among the most enduring questions for ecologists have been: "Why do species live where they do? And what are the factors that keep them there?" A Princeton University-based study featured on the February cover of the journal Ecology could prove significant in answering that question, particularly for animals in the world's temperate mountain areas.

In African 'Fairy Circles,' a Template for Nature's Many Patterns

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Be it the Mima mounds of Washington state or the famous "fairy circles" of Namibia in southwestern Africa, people are captivated by the regular patterns of plant growth that blanket desert and grassland landscapes, often with mesmerizing consistency.

Tree-Bark Thickness Indicates Fire-Resistance in a Hotter Future

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 10:15am

A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in fire-prone areas. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help predict which forests and savannas will survive a warmer climate in which wildfires are expected to increase in frequency.

Wild science: Photos from the Mpala Research Centre

For Princeton University faculty and students, the Mpala Research Centre, a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional field laboratory that sits on a 50,000-acre reserve and ranch in central Kenya, provides an expansive natural terrain ideal for large-scale field experiments in ecology, biology, geology and other fields. Students and other researchers at Mpala work in a setting where the human and natural worlds intersect, one of great natural beauty and diversity.

Wild Science: The Nature of the Mpala Research Centre

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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 3:45pm

NANYUKI, Kenya — Princeton University graduate student Tyler Coverdale and Ryan O'Connell of the Class of 2017 clap as they walk around the tall bushes surrounding the sprawling experiment site. Not in applause, or for self-motivation — but to alert any buffalo, elephants or other animals that might be foraging for food or seeking shade from the intense equatorial sun.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Competition, Hydraulic Damage, and the Universal Rules Regulating Plant Water Use

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 2:30pm

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