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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jul 18, 2017
Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology, have been named recipients of the Royal Medal in Biology. The Grants’...
 
 
Posted by Pooja Makhijani for the Office of Communications on Jul 17, 2017
Could the storms that once engulfed the Great Plains in clouds of black dust in the 1930’s once again wreak havoc in the U.S.? A new statistical model developed by researchers at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jul 10, 2017
Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named director of the Princeton Environmental Institute effective July 1. Celia succeeds François Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 29, 2017
Unmitigated climate change could make the United States poorer and more unequal, according to a study published June 29 in the journal Science. The poorest third of counties could sustain economic damage costing as much as 20 percent of their income by the end of the century if warming proceeds...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 28, 2017
Gabriel Vecchi, Princeton University professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, was one of four scientists nationwide to receive a 2017 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest Earth- and space-science society....
 
 
Posted by Holly Welles on Jun 27, 2017
The Princeton Environmental Institute selected 11 new graduate students to join the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) for a two-year fellowship commencing this fall. The new fellows bring the total number of PECS scholars to 20. The selected fellows and their academic programs...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 22, 2017
Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor in Princeton’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, proposes a far-ranging hypothesis regarding how and why bird eggs acquire their shapes. Her research, an interdisciplinary collaboration involving multiple authors, suggests that the shape...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 08, 2017
Rising seas are making flooding more common in coastal areas around the country. Now, a new study finds that sea-level rise will boost the occurrence of moderate rather than severe flooding in some regions of the United States, while in other areas the reverse is true. The study by...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 06, 2017
Thirty-one Princeton University seniors emerged from Guyot Hall on June 5 as the latest recipients of certificates in environmental studies from the Princeton Environmental Institute. The certificates and prizes for notable undergraduate research — including three inaugural book prizes — ...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 05, 2017
It was after several hours of boating and diving along the coast of Bermuda in the summer of 2015 that then-sophomore Zoe Sims realized that she, for the first time, was in charge. Sims, who graduates from Princeton University June 6, was studying the effects of groundwater pollution on the...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 02, 2017
Protected natural areas are the surest way to ensure the survival of the increasing number of plant and animal species that face habitat loss and extinction. Yet, worldwide many of these sanctuaries suffer from inadequate funding, maintenance, enforcement and public support. Robert Pringle, a...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 31, 2017
"Tens of millions of human deaths, mass extinction, hundreds of trillions in costs." The words above, splashed across a massive screen in big red letters in a Princeton classroom this spring, forecast the consequences by 2050 of people continuing to burn fossil fuels and degrade the environment...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 30, 2017
A group of Princeton University faculty and students experienced the burgeoning wind-power sector in person on May 3 during a visit to the Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Ft. Stockton, Texas. Owned by BP, the wind farm consists of 58 operating wind turbines with a total power-generating peak...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 22, 2017
On a morning in March, Professor Michael Oppenheimer pointed to a photograph he took while flying over the North Pole. A mosaic of fragmented ice stretched across the projection screen. The blue-green sea of the central Arctic Ocean flowed to the surface, visible between small and large...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 22, 2017
Scientists including PEI's Gabriel Vecchi have developed a new method to forecast the extent of sea ice in some regions of the Arctic up to 11 months in advance. The method, which incorporates information about ocean temperatures and focuses on regions rather than the entire Arctic Sea, could...
 
 
Posted by Pooja Makhijani, Office of Communications on May 19, 2017
New evidence suggests that a nutrient that is both essential to life and an environmental scourge when present in large quantities is increasing in the open ocean, according to a new study published May 19 in the journal Science. The increase of this nutrient, known as “fixed” nitrogen, was studied...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 17, 2017
Princeton University seniors and graduate students exhibited the topical diversity of environmental-studies research during the Princeton Environmental Institute's sixth annual Discovery Day on May 10 in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Sixty-six seniors and six graduate students representing 19...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 12, 2017
The paradox of a veteran Republican addressing a university audience on a conservative plan to mitigate the effects of climate change was not lost on James A. Baker III as he spoke to a full audience in Princeton University's McCosh Hall on May 10. "I realize that as a conservative Republican, I...
 
 
Posted by Levi Golston, Princeton Energy and Climate Scholar on May 09, 2017
Students and teachers from 24 Princeton-area high schools gathered at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association April 23 for the Student Climate Change Conference, an event designed to delve into some of the details surrounding climate change. The conference was organized by the Princeton Day...
 
 
Posted by Morgan Kelly on May 08, 2017
The same technology that adds fizz to soda can now be used to remove particles from dirty water. Researchers at Princeton University have found a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters. The system injects...