Emily Yang ’25



Project Title

The Wonderfully Diverse World of Cryptogams

I studied the effects of different environmental factors on the diversity and function of lichens, mosses, and liverworts. My project involved developing an artistic representation of the research our group was doing, including recording footage and field recordings of our travels to the boreal forest in Quebec and the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, and creating a proposal for a booklet introducing environmental microbes to elementary grade students. Through this internship, I developed skills in multimedia communication and science outreach while gaining further perspectives on environmental research in biogeochemistry, which will be useful as I move forward in my undergraduate studies and future work.

* This internship is connected to the HMEI Biodiversity Grand Challenges project, “What Controls the Biodiversity and Function of Cryptogram Microbiomes.”

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate and Environmental Science


Zhang Lab, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University - Highlands, North Carolina; Princeton, New Jersey; Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada


Xinning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Romain Darnajoux, Associate Research Scholar, Geosciences