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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…

Study on shorebirds suggests that when conserving species, not all land is equal

June 9, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University researchers may have solved a long-standing mystery in conservation that could influence how natural lands are designated for the preservation of endangered species. Around the world, the migratory shorebirds that are a conspicuous feature of coastal habitats are…

Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic

May 18, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal Science. The researchers found that the vast number of people still vulnerable…

COVID-19′s silent spread: How symptomless transmission helps pathogens thrive

May 14, 2020 ・ Catherine Zandonella

COVID-19′s rapid spread throughout the world has been fueled in part by the virus’ ability to be transmitted by people who are not showing symptoms of infection. Now, a study by researchers at Princeton has found that this silent phase…

Sowing seeds of happiness: Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds

May 10, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

As civic leaders and urban planners work to make cities more sustainable and livable by investing in outdoor spaces and recreational activities such as biking and walking, Princeton researchers have identified the benefit of an activity largely overlooked by policymakers…

Levine receives prestigious Robert MacArthur ecological research award

April 17, 2020 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

Jonathan Levine, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) and an associated faculty member in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), is the 2020 recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Robert H. MacArthur Award, the most prestigious mid-career accolade from…

Princeton researchers map rural U.S. counties most vulnerable to COVID-19

April 15, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

A county-by-county analysis of the United States by Princeton University researchers suggests that rural counties with high populations of people over 60 and limited access to health care facilities could eventually be among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic…

Beyond your doorstep: What you buy and where you live shapes land-use footprint

March 23, 2020 ・ Joseph Albanese

In recent years, the attention of scientists and environmentalists has turned toward how population growth and urban expansion are driving habitat loss and an associated decline in ecosystem productivity and biodiversity. But the space people occupy directly is only one…