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Joe Kawalec looking up at the trees

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…

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…

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…

Lauren von Berg, Class of 2020, publishes research from PEI internship studying Antarctic sea ice

June 16, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

In the images Lauren von Berg created, the ebb and flow of life in one of Earth’s most inhospitable places undulates across the screen. As a Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) intern at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, von Berg worked…