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Environmental Conservation

PEI Faculty Seminar: "China’s Energy Future: Potential Air-Pollution, Health and Climate Implications"

Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, presented, "China’s Energy Future: Potential Air-Pollution, Health and Climate Implications," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Bender is the fourth speaker in the Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Protecting corn, saving elephants: Alana Reynolds pursues conservation through conflict resolution

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 1:00pm

Princeton University senior Alana Reynolds' lifelong passion for the environment is rooted in the desire to help resolve human-wildlife conflict. Reynolds, who will graduate in June with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in environmental studies, traveled to Mozambique in 2017 with support from the Becky Colvin Memorial Award to conduct fieldwork for her senior thesis on the effectiveness of various types of fences that subsistence farmers on the border of Gorongosa National Park could use to protect their crops from elephants.

PEI Discovery Day 2018 exhibits array of student research in environmental studies

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Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:30am

Seniors and graduate students exhibited the topical diversity of environmental studies at Princeton University during the seventh annual PEI Discovery Day hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute May 9 in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Ninety-six students representing 20 academic departments showcased their research and discussed their findings with fellow students and University faculty. PEI interviewed seven students who provide a snapshot of the research and disciplines featured at Discovery Day 2018.

Swamp microbe has pollution-munching superpower

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:45am

Researchers in the lab of PEI associated faculty Peter Jaffe, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discovered a bacterium in a New Jersey wetland that has the surprising ability to degrade pollutants without using oxygen. This could offer a more efficient method for treating toxins in sewage.

Historians to climate researchers: "Let's talk"

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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:30pm

History can tell us a lot about environmental upheaval, according to Princeton history professor and PEI associated faculty John Haldon and alumnus Lee Mordechai. What is missing in today’s debate about climate change is using what we know about how past societies handled environmental stresses to help inform our own situation.

Saving our cities and ourselves: A Q&A with PEI's Ashley Dawson

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00am

Eco-justice scholar and activist Ashley Dawson, PEI's 2017-18 Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities, spoke with PEI about his recent book, "Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change," the uncertain future of cities, and how we can save our largest and most imperiled communities.

Theory suggests root efficiency, independence drove global spread of flora

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00pm

Researchers from Princeton University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences suggest that plants were able to spread worldwide thanks to root adaptations that allowed them to become more efficient and independent. As plant species spread from their nutrient-rich tropical origins, roots became thinner so they could more efficiently explore poor soils for nutrients, and they shed their reliance on symbiotic fungi. The researchers report that root diameter and reliance on fungi most consistently characterize the plant communities across entire biomes such as deserts, savannas and temperate forests.

Pride tops guilt as a motivator for environmental decisions

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:45pm

Princeton University research suggests that emphasizing the pride people will feel if they make environmentally conscious decisions is a better way to promote eco-friendly behavior than making people feel guilty for not living more sustainably nor taking steps to ameliorate climate change.