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Princeton ENV senior Claire Wayner wins Pyne Prize

February 14, 2022 ・ Emily Aronson

Claire Wayner, a senior civil and environmental engineering concentrator pursuing certificates in environmental studies and sustainable energy, has been named one of two winners of the 2022 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate…

More than 100 undergraduates explored new perspectives on environmental topics through 2021 HMEI summer internships

September 30, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Demetra Yancopoulos could not get the words of the late oceanographer John Martin out of her mind after hearing them during a lecture last fall by Princeton geosciences professor Satish Myneni: “Give me half a tanker of iron,…

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…

COVID-19 and climate change: Maddie Pendolino ’21 asked voters what mattered most in a fraught year

June 7, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Maddie Pendolino decided during her sophomore year at Princeton that she wanted to focus her senior thesis research on the 2020 U.S. presidential election. An avid follower of politics who volunteered for the re-election campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ),…

Scenic forest trees near a lakeshore with mountains in the back

At ENV Class Day, seniors commended for resilience, urged to seize opportunities to make environmental change

May 24, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Students and parents joined faculty, researchers and staff from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and the Program in Environmental Studies May 24 for a virtual Class Day ceremony celebrating the accomplishments and resilience of the 31 Princeton University seniors…

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

Lambert named 2021 Udall Scholar, Manocha receives honorable mention

May 21, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Environmental studies (ENV) student Jessica Lambert, Class of 2022, received a Tribal Public Policy scholarship from the Udall Foundation for a second consecutive year, and ENV student Aneesha Manocha, Class of 2023, was one of 55 students nationwide to receive…

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…

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…