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Four Princeton undergraduates named 2021 HMEI Environmental Scholars

April 6, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University sophomores Yaxin Duan, Chirag Kumar and Aneesha Manocha were selected to receive up to $16,000 from the High Meadows Environmental Institute’s (HMEI) Environmental Scholars Program over the next two years in support of environmental research related to their…

As Princeton’s Lake Carnegie opens less often for skating, a climate trend may be emerging

March 29, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The heavy snowfalls and frigid days of this past winter in New Jersey let Princeton sophomore Grace Liu finally experience the Northeastern winter she’d only imagined growing up in her Florida hometown of palm trees and sandy beaches. She was…

Intensity of tropical cyclones is probably increasing due to climate change

April 11, 2021 ・ Laura Potts

Many tropical cyclone-prone regions of the world are expected to experience storm systems of greater intensity over the coming century, according to an extensive review of existing research published March 26 in ScienceBrief Review. Moreover, sea-level rise will aggravate coastal flood risk…

Spacing COVID-19 vaccine doses has epidemiological benefits, but longer-term outcomes depend on immunity robustness

March 9, 2021

Delaying second doses of COVID-19 vaccines should reduce case numbers in the near term. But the longer-term case burden and the potential for evolution of viral “escape” from immunity will depend on the robustness of immune responses generated by natural…

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High end of climate sensitivity in new climate models seen as less plausible

March 3, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

A recent analysis of the latest generation of climate models — known as a CMIP6 — provides a cautionary tale on interpreting climate simulations as scientists develop more sensitive and sophisticated projections of how the Earth will respond to increasing…

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…