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COVID-19 and climate change: Maddie Pendolino ’21 asked voters what mattered most in a fraught year

June 7, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Maddie Pendolino decided during her sophomore year at Princeton that she wanted to focus her senior thesis research on the 2020 U.S. presidential election. An avid follower of politics who volunteered for the re-election campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ),…

At ENV Class Day, seniors commended for resilience, urged to seize opportunities to make environmental change

May 24, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Students and parents joined faculty, researchers and staff from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and the Program in Environmental Studies May 24 for a virtual Class Day ceremony celebrating the accomplishments and resilience of the 31 Princeton University seniors…

Lambert named 2021 Udall Scholar, Manocha receives honorable mention

June 14, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Environmental studies (ENV) student Jessica Lambert, Class of 2022, received a Tribal Public Policy scholarship from the Udall Foundation for a second consecutive year, and ENV student Aneesha Manocha, Class of 2023, was one of 55 students nationwide to receive…

Joe Kawalec ’21 looks skyward in search of a tiny ecosystem engineer

May 11, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The two years Princeton Joe Kawalec spent studying the natural camouflage of the ubiquitous downy woodpecker oddly enough began and ended the same way — tracing the outlines of birds. In between, he observed patterns in tree bark through the ultraviolet…

Luca Kuziel watching a giraffe through binoculars

Connection and resilience: Kuziel explores the ecology of the African savanna

May 3, 2021 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

When Luca Kuziel discovered the community of ecologists at Princeton, he had no idea that his experience of radical acceptance with them would change the course of his research and his life. Over the past four years, he has deepened…

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…

‘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…

Connected virtually, working globally: PEI engaged more than 100 undergraduates in virtual environmental internships for summer 2020


September 9, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Ben Alessio had planned to spend his summer internship with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) in the laboratory of Professor Howard Stone conducting experiments related to diffusiophoresis, an important process by which particles are transported through water. But…

PEI-STEP Fellows to explore environmental policy, from emerging pathogens to preparing cities for climate change

July 27, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University graduate students Paris Blaisdell-Pijuan, Kairui Feng and Jeffrey Lee have been awarded 2020 PEI-STEP Environmental Policy Graduate Fellowships from the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) to explore emerging topics in environmental policy such as renewable energy and global health.…