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Tree-Bark Thickness Indicates Fire-Resistance in a Hotter Future

January 11, 2017 ・ Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

A Princeton University-led study has found that trees in fire-prone areas around the world develop thicker bark. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help predict which forests and savannas will survive a warmer climate in which wildfires are expected to increase in frequency.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Competition, Hydraulic Damage, and the Universal Rules Regulating Plant Water Use

October 11, 2016 ・ Igor Heifetz

Tiny valves on the surfaces of leaves, called stomates, regulate carbon gain and water loss by plants, and are thus linchpins of the global carbon and water cycles. Amazingly, the same simple model regulates stomates worldwide. This model is backed…

Stephen Pacala Awarded Funding For New Course: The Environmental Nexus

May 16, 2016 ・ Holly P. Welles

Stephen Pacala, former director of PEI, awarded funding to create a large Environmental Studies course to examine a collection of global environmental crises.

In Rainforests, Battle for Sunlight Shapes Forest Structure

January 8, 2016 ・ Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Researchers have discovered that competition for sunlight among rainforest trees leads to the remarkably consistent pattern of tree sizes seen in tropical forests around the globe.

S.O.S. sign written in beach sand near beach waves hahaha

With an Extension of Financial Support from BP, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative Now to Run to 2020

November 23, 2014 ・ Holly Welles

Princeton University President Christopher E. Eisgruber (left) and Felipe Bayon (right), senior vice president, BP America, shaking hands during the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) renewal announcement. (Photo by Mark Czaijkowski) In support of a long established partnership to find compelling and…

S.O.S. sign written in beach sand near beach waves hahaha

Secrets of the Southern Ocean

November 17, 2013 ・ Igor Heifetz

Without Plants, Earth Would Cook Under Billions of Tons of Additional Carbon

October 16, 2013 ・ Morgan Kelly

Enhanced growth of Earth’s leafy greens during the 20th century has significantly slowed the planet’s transition to being red-hot, according to a new research study supported by the Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

PEI Hosts 6th Annual Summer of Learning Symposium

October 7, 2013 ・ Holly Welles

Jordan Shivers ’16 discussing microbial fuel cells during his presentation in the Energy and Technologies and Environmental Policy Session moderated by Bruce Koel, professor of chemistry and biological engineering. Photo: Angela Petsis. On October 4, 2013, the Princeton Environmental Institute…

Grand Challenges Awards Three New Investigator Awards on Ocean and Drought Research

June 13, 2013 ・ Holly P. Welles

The Grand Challenges Program has awarded three New Investigator Grants for 2013-2014. The awards support innovative mentorship of undergraduates working on multidisciplinary aspects of global climate change. Two of the supported projects will allow undergraduates to address issues at the…