The HMEI Faculty Seminar Series was created in 2015 as a public venue for senior faculty to discuss their research in the context of environmental science and current events. Each semester features four faculty seminars on topics that include sea-level rise, climate change, carbon sequestration, green technology, renewable energy and sustainability, biodiversity, infectious diseases and global health, urban infrastructure, environmental history and humanities, environmental chemistry and ocean biogeochemistry. All lectures begin at 12:30 p.m. — video of seminars are made available on our website after the event.

Register to attend using the link below for each talk. Registered Princeton University ID holders can attend in-person contingent on University guidelines for indoor events — updates will be posted as necessary. Face coverings are required. Seminars for fall 2021 also will be livestreamed via Zoom webinar — the livestream is open to the public.

Upcoming Faculty Seminar Series

Fall 2021


Date and Topic Speaker In Person (PUID only) Zoom Livestream
September 14

Low-Cost Calcium-based Solid Sorbents for Carbon Capture

Claire White, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment WATCH REGISTER
October 5

Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean

Christina Gerhardt, Barron Visiting Professor in the Environmental Humanities and Visiting Associate Professor of the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the German Department WATCH REGISTER
November 2
Necropolitics at the End of Empire: The Paradox of White Supremacy in the U.S.
Carolyn Rouse, Ritter Professor of Anthropology REGISTER REGISTER
December 7
Building Forms That Adapt to the Natural Environment
Sigrid Adriaenssens, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering TBA REGISTER


Past Faculty Seminar Series

Spring 2021

Date and Topic (Click titles for video)
February 2

What the Population Dynamics of Endemic Infections Can Tell Us About the Future of COVID-19 — and Vice Versa

Bryan Grenfell, Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs
March 2

From Multiscale Scientific Understanding to Predictions and Projections of the Earth System

“Ram” Ramaswamy, Director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Geosciences and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University
April 6

The Mean, the Extreme and the Connection Between Controversial Cloud Feedback and Future Heat Stress

Stephan Fueglistaler, Associate Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
May 4

A Better Understanding of Water Availability in the U.S. Through Community Tools

Reed Maxwell, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute

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