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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,…

HMEI Biodiversity Challenge awards $600,000 to inaugural projects exploring the roots of and pressures on biodiversity

September 15, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) has awarded nearly $600,000 in inaugural funds from the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund — or Biodiversity Challenge — to six projects led by Princeton University faculty that…

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…

Resplandy receives NSF CAREER Award to study the formation and future of Pacific and Indian Ocean dead zones

July 8, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Laure Resplandy, assistant professor of geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), received a five-year, $654,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to examine the complexity of factors that lead to the formation and expansion of oxygen-depleted regions,…

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…

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…