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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…

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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…

Currie Barron and Tom Barron ’74 establish research fund to preserve biodiversity

November 16, 2020

Princeton has established an endowed fund with a gift from Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron that will significantly increase support for environmental research related to biodiversity and build upon the University’s decades-long leadership in studying and protecting the rich…

PEI awards new Climate and Energy Challenge projects, from the natural color-scape to the right words for climate change

June 29, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Four new projects funded by the Climate and Energy Grand Challenge program will explore topics such as the environmental impact of turbulence from offshore wind turbines, the effect of climate change on the natural color-scape, the efficient production of jet…

Wild hummingbirds see a broad range of colors humans can only imagine

June 25, 2020 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

To find food, dazzle mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, birds rely on their excellent color vision. “Humans are color-blind compared to birds and many other animals,” said Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology…