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Scientists identify genes behind tusklessness in African elephants facing poaching pressure

October 21, 2021 ・ Sharon Adarlo

In regions of Africa wracked by heavy poaching, people have observed an increased incidence of African elephants without their iconic white tusks, which are prized in the multibillion-dollar wildlife black market. But there has been no direct genetic evidence indicating…

HMEI researchers teach local students to think like hydrologists at Watershed Institute workshops

October 12, 2021 ・ Staff

Princeton-area high-school students had the opportunity this summer to think like hydrologists — and simulate a volcanic eruption! — through interactive lessons presented by High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) researchers and Princeton graduate students at The Watershed Institute in Pennington,…

Princeton’s Syukuro Manabe receives Nobel Prize in Physics for modeling climate change

October 5, 2021

Princeton University senior meteorologist Syukuro “Suki” Manabe has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming.” In announcing the award Oct. 5, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted…

More than 100 undergraduates explored new perspectives on environmental topics through 2021 HMEI summer internships

September 30, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Demetra Yancopoulos could not get the words of the late oceanographer John Martin out of her mind after hearing them during a lecture last fall by Princeton geosciences professor Satish Myneni: “Give me half a tanker of iron,…

Gone one, gone all: Without Africa’s large herbivores, a woody vine could threaten the biodiversity of savanna plant communities

September 27, 2021 ・ Liana Wait

The African savanna supports one of the world’s last intact large-mammal communities. Savannas also are home to a diverse array of plant species, but human-driven declines in animal populations could disrupt the balance of both plant and animal species in…

Frequent extreme events require new governance with the flexibility, resilience of natural systems

September 23, 2021

From the COVID-19 pandemic to devastating wildfires and deadly heatwaves, extreme events are becoming more frequent as a result of human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels and encroachment into natural habitats. An international team that included researchers…

Stephen Pacala appointed to President Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

September 22, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Stephen Pacala, Princeton’s Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an associated faculty member in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), has been appointed to President Joseph R. Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the White House announced Sept. 22. The council…

NSF awards Princeton, University of Arizona researchers $5M to model US water resources using machine learning

September 16, 2021

As extreme weather events such as flooding and drought become more common in a climate impacted by humans, the ability to understand and predict water resources and systems is becoming more important than ever. To that end, a team of…

HMEI Biodiversity Challenge awards $600,000 to inaugural projects exploring the roots of and pressures on biodiversity

September 15, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) has awarded nearly $600,000 in inaugural funds from the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund — or Biodiversity Challenge — to six projects led by Princeton University faculty that…