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Princeton research is pursuing a sustainable future for New Jersey and the world

April 22, 2022 ・ Denise Valenti

When it comes to understanding and protecting the environment, New Jersey provides fertile ground for Princeton University researchers, including faculty members working on a range of projects supported by and based in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI). The state’s…

HMEI Water and the Environment Challenge announces call for proposals

February 8, 2022

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is seeking innovative research and teaching proposals from Princeton University faculty and senior research staff on behalf of the Water and the Environment Challenge, a long-term research and teaching cooperative under the HMEI Grand…

With DNA toolkit, Rob Pringle is learning how to rebuild broken ecosystems

December 13, 2021 ・ Jeff Labrecque

In the beginning, Rob Pringle didn’t have a choice. His grandparents were passionate naturalists who loved exploring the outdoors with him and his younger sister, and his parents’ idea of vacations when he was growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan,…

Tropical birds may skip breeding when hot, dry conditions persist

July 20, 2021 ・ Liana Wait

During the past several years, ecologists have warned that prolonged periods of drought may be leading to declines in tropical bird populations by reducing reproductive success in adults. Now, Princeton researchers report that some tropical birds may not only be…

2021 Hack Graduate Award recipients take on water issues from bacterial gels to plant diversity in arid climates

June 15, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) has selected 11 Princeton University graduate students as 2021 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment. The awardees are Avery Agles, Tairan An, Shashank Anand, Jianshu…

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…

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…

Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

December 4, 2020 ・ Molly A. Seltzer

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous today, with microplastic particles from disposable goods found in natural environments throughout the globe, including Antarctica. But how those particles move through and accumulate in the environment is poorly understood. Now, a Princeton study has revealed…

Prof. Geeta Persad PhD ’16 on exploring environmental policy through HMEI-STEP

November 17, 2020 ・ Supriya Singh, Class of 2023

Geeta Persad, who received her Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic studies from Princeton in 2016, was a 2013 HMEI-STEP Graduate Fellow, which allowed her to pursue — with financial support from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) — the environmental…