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Environmental Ecology

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

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Lead Exposure and the Black-White Test Score Gap

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:30am

Bringing People Together as Scientists to Save a Zebra Species

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 3:00pm

NANYUKI, Kenya — For 30 long minutes, the two safari buses trundled across the dry bushland of northern Kenya. Rocks and a haze of red dust kicked up from the rough and pitted road. The sun seared through the cloudless sky and thin air of the high escarpment, illuminating the leaves and long blanched thorns of the acacia trees.

Diversified Farming Systems: Benefits and Obstacles

Claire Kremen (born 1961) is an American biologist, and professor of conservation biology at University of California, Berkeley.

She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology in 1982, and from Duke University with a PhD in Zoology in 1987.[2] She studies the impacts of deforestation in Madagascar, on species distributions with a Web-based biodiversity database.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: World's Largest Reforestation Program Overlooks Wildlife

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 1:45pm

After years of environmental destruction, China has spent billions of dollars on the world's largest reforestation program, converting a combined area nearly the size of New York and Pennsylvania back to forest.

Mother Nature Can Teach Us about Managing Financial Systems

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:00am

During a half-hour interval on May 6, 2010, stock prices for some of the largest companies in the world dropped precipitously, some to just pennies a share. Then, just as suddenly and inexplicably, shares recovered to their pre-crash prices.

With Droughts and Downpours, Climate Change Feeds Chesapeake Bay Algal Blooms

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 10:15am

Nitrogen-rich agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay presents an ongoing environmental and economic concern for the bay's massive watershed. Pollution from fertilizer application feeds algal blooms that poison humans and marine life, and devastate fisheries.

While efforts to restore the bay have been successful during the past several years, a study led by Princeton University researchers shows that weather patterns tied to climate change may nonetheless increase the severity of algal blooms by changing how soil nutrients leach into the watershed.

The Slow Recovery of a War-Torn Ecosystem

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:30am


The swimming pool at Chitengo Camp is a bright blue circle shaded by trees. It is a tranquil place to relax after a dusty game drive in Gorongosa National Park, but not long ago this inviting oasis was used by rebel forces as a prison.

PEI Hosts Fifth Annual Discovery Day

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:00am

The Princeton Environmental Institute hosted its 5th Annual Discovery Day on Thursday, May 4th. Discovery Day is a multidisciplinary poster session celebrating undergraduate senior thesis research on environmental issues. Sixty-five (65) students from 16 academic departments showcased their work, which was mentored by 47 faculty advisers.