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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…

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…

Senior Cole Morokhovich’s unexpected path to studying what hummingbirds could tell us about climate change

May 7, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Cole Morokhovich still marvels at the possibility that his academic path may have come down to one five-minute window. Having come to Princeton with a focus on pre-medicine, he had taken most of the required courses and declared…

CMI Best Paper Awards recognize postdoc, graduate student published research

May 5, 2020 ・ Holly Welles

The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) recognized Jane Baldwin, a past postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and Samantha Hartzell, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, at the CMI Annual Meeting for outstanding published research. Baldwin received…

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…

Researchers find nature’s backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients

November 11, 2019 ・ Joseph Albanese

Although nitrogen is essential for all living organisms — it makes up 3% of the human body — and comprises 78% of Earth’s atmosphere, it’s almost ironically difficult for plants and natural systems to access it. Atmospheric nitrogen is not…

A world without the Amazon? Safeguarding the Earth’s largest rainforest focus of Princeton conference

October 23, 2019 ・ Pooja Makhijani

The Amazon is the world’s largest and most diverse tropical forest and the ancestral home of over 1 million indigenous peoples. How to preserve it was the centrally urgent theme at a conference at Princeton on Oct. 17-18. “Safeguarding the…

PEI awards $1.01 million in Water and the Environment Grand Challenge projects

October 1, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

The ecological impacts of extreme weather, a national “climate park” in the New Jersey Meadowlands, and engineered nanoparticles that target groundwater pollutants are among the 13 projects funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) as part of its Water and…

Plants and microbes shape global biomes through local underground alliances

April 17, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Dense rainforests, maple-blanketed mountains and sweeping coniferous forests demonstrate the growth and proliferation of trees adapted to specific conditions. The regional dominance of tree species we see on the surface, however, might actually have been determined underground long ago. Princeton…