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HMEI Graduate Research Awards — Call for Applications

February 18, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is accepting applications for graduate research fellowships and awards in the areas of climate change, environmental policy, water issues and other pressing environmental topics. Our awards are open to Princeton Ph.D. candidates in all…

Despite sea-level rise risks, migration to some threatened coastal areas may increase

February 17, 2021 ・ Keely Swan

In coming decades as coastal communities around the world are expected to encounter sea-level rise, the general expectation has been that people’s migration toward the coast will slow or reverse in many places. However, new research co-authored by Princeton University scholars…

True toll of coronavirus on sub-Saharan Africa may be obscured by tremendous variability in risk factors and surveillance

February 17, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

One early feature of reporting on the coronavirus pandemic was the perception that sub-Saharan Africa was largely being spared the skyrocketing infection and death rates that were disrupting nations around the world. While still seemingly mild, the true toll of…

HMEI Biodiversity Challenge announces inaugural call for proposals

February 15, 2021

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is seeking innovative research and teaching proposals from Princeton University faculty and senior research staff for the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund (Biodiversity Challenge), the latest research and…

Aerial photo of Amazon River meandering through a forest.

‘Safeguarding Amazonia’ Wintersession workshop addressed deforestation and technology

February 12, 2021 ・ Pooja Makhijani

The “Safeguarding Amazonia” workshop was one of the highlights of Princeton University’s first Wintersession. Organized by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Brazil LAB and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), the workshop introduced participants to the…

Adherence to health precautions, not climate, the biggest factor driving wintertime COVID-19 outbreaks

February 9, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Wintertime outbreaks of COVID-19 have been largely driven by whether people adhere to control measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, according to a study published Feb. 8 in Nature Communications by Princeton University researchers. Climate and population immunity…

Christina Gerhardt, 2021 Barron Visiting Professor, studies how sea-level rise influences culture

February 9, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Christina Gerhardt, a professor and journalist whose work explores how people engage the experience of sea-level rise through culture, has been named the 2021-22 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities in the…

Princeton researchers at forefront of national plans for technological and social transition to net-zero emissions

February 3, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Scientists and research based at Princeton University played a critical role in a new national report that investigates the technology, policy and societal dimensions of accelerating decarbonization in the United States. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced…

Carbon-chomping soil bacteria may pose hidden climate risk

January 27, 2021 ・ Molly Sharlach

Much of the Earth’s carbon is trapped in soil, and scientists have assumed that potential climate-warming compounds would safely stay there for centuries. But Princeton research supported by the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) shows that carbon molecules can potentially…