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Stoddard receives Packard Fellowship for early-career scientists

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:15pm

Mary Caswell "Cassie" Stoddard, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI associated faculty, was one of 18 researchers nationwide to receive a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, which is awarded to innovative, early-career scientists and engineers. Recipients also include William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah and a past PEI postdoctoral research associate.

PEI Faculty Seminar: “The New Wilderness”

Jeff Whetstone, Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts and PEI associated faculty, presented, "The New Wilderness," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Guyot Hall, Room 10.

Princeton Profiles: Zoe Sims, finding purpose and passion in the natural world

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

After graduating from Princeton, Zoe Sims '17, who received her degree in EEB with a certificate in ENV, spent a year in service at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya through a Princeton in Africa fellowship. Sims distinguished herself as a scientist and a student while at Princeton – including receiving numerous honors from PEI — and she continues to pursue her passion for the environment.

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.

PEI awards $515,000 to projects studying our changing climate and environment

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 4:45pm

Birds and flowers out of sync, the integration of built and natural flood-control features, and frozen methane deep beneath the ocean are among the five projects recently funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute as part of its Climate and Energy Challenge program. Totaling $515,000, the newly awarded research projects will run from 2018 to 2020.

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.

Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts

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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 8:00am

A study of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) suggests that a clever individual's social position can improve if others see their problem-solving skills pay off, according to a team of Princeton University researchers, including PEI associated faculty Dan Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Program in Environmental Studies.

PEI Faculty Seminar: "Environcide: War, Society, and Environment"

Emmanuel Kreike, Professor of History, presented, "Environcide: War, Society, and Environment," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Guyot Hall, Room 10. Kreike was the second speaker in the Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.

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.

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