Six Princeton juniors named PEI Environmental Scholars

Morgan Kelly ・ Princeton Environmental Institute

Six Princeton University juniors have been selected this year to receive research support from the Princeton Environmental Institute’s (PEI) Environmental Scholars Program to support their independent research related to the broad area of environmental studies.

Established in 2011 with a gift from Elizabeth A. Smith and Ray E. Newton III ’86, the program supports students who have shown excellence in academics and summer apprenticeships, and who have a clearly articulated research agenda. Students apply in the fall semester and are selected by a committee to receive up to $15,000 over two years.

Jack Lohmann, an English major, was selected as the 2018 PEI Environmental Scholar for his project, “Nauru,” which will use creative nonfiction to examine the legacy of environmental imperialism on the South Pacific island of Nauru. Lohmann is advised by Rob Nixon, the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment and professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

2017 PEI Environmental Scholar Emily Geyman, a geosciences major, received continued funding for her project based in The Bahamas, “How Do Carbonates Record Sea Level and Seawater Chemistry?” which analyzes carbon records stored in ancient carbonates. Geyman is advised by Adam Maloof, associate professor of geosciences and PEI associated faculty.

Four juniors also were selected for first-time funding from the environmental scholars program for their ongoing research. The students, their project titles and advisers are listed below.

Luke Carabbia in ecology and evolutionary biology, “Parental Feeding Decisions in the Greater Ani,” Christina Riehl, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI associated faculty.


Tess Jacobson in physics, “Impact of Global Radiative Perturbations on Large Scale Planetary Hydroclimate,” Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute.


Daniel Petticord in ecology and evolutionary biology, “The Ecology of the Leopard Tortoise,” Robert Pringle, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI associated faculty. Petticord also received the 2018 Becky Colvin Memorial Award presented annually by PEI and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Zachariah Smart in ecology and evolutionary biology, “The Effects of El Niño Southern Oscillation on the Reproductive Biology of the Greater Ani (Crotophaga major), a Neotropical Insectivorous Bird,” Christina Riehl.