Now concluded, the Development Grand Challenge included several projects that identified water as the essential natural resource shaping the African landscape. Working side by side in the field, teams of Princeton ecologists, anthropologists, and hydrologists documented the linkages between water, wildlife and human populations in East African dry lands and contributed scholarship concerning the role of vegetation in the hydrological cycle and in the preservation of landscapes and wildlife habitats. The projects funded under the Development Grand Challenge are detailed below.

Past Development Grand Challenge Projects Participants
Ecosystem Spatial Patterns Participants

  •  Robert Pringle, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Corina Tarnita, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Research Associates

  • Tyler R. Kartzinel
  • Ryan A. Long
Land Use in Africa Participants:

  • Kelly Caylor, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and PEI
  • Daniel Rubenstein – Professor, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and PEI
  • Lyndon Estes, Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School and Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Tim Searchinger, Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School

Research Associates

  • Stephanie Debats

Undergraduate Students

  • Jonathan Choi ’15
  • Sally Goodman ’14
  • Raymond Grossman ’15
  • Eliza Harkins ’14
  • Emily Kaplan ’14
  • Gabrielle Ragazzo ’15
  • Réka T. Zempléni ’16
Dodoma Secondary School Participants

  • Lindy Roy, Visiting Lecturer, School of Architecture

Graduate Students

  • Miku Dixit
  • Adrian Heid

Undergraduate Students

  • Diana Lam ’12
  • Pak Lun Leung ’11
  • Shaina Li ’11
Water, Savannas, and Society Participants

Research Associates

Graduate Students

  • Hassan Boru, Nairobi University
  • Ryan Chisholm
  • Trenton Franz
  • Stephanie Hauk
  • Corinne Kendall
  • Joseph Kirathe, Nairobi University
  • Eva Kaye-Zwiebel
  • Alex Lester
  • Luke MacDonald
  • Blair Roberts

Undergraduate Students

Water in Africa Participants:

  • Kelly Caylor, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Students

  • Trenton Franz
  • Stephen Good

Undergraduate Students:

Climate Change & Agriculture Participants:

  • Michael Oppenheimer, Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs
  • David Wilcove, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs

Research Associates

  • Bethany Bradley
  • Lyndon Estes
  • Will Turner

Undergraduate Students:

  • Bennett Bernstein ’13
  • Nicole Bornkamp ’14
  • Colleen Driscoll ’11
  • Michelle Lau ’12
  • Iulia Neagu ’13
ACCESS Participants:

  • Michael Bender – Professor, Geosciences
  • Satish Myneni – Associate Professor, Geosciences
  • George Philander – Professor, Geosciences
  • Bess Ward – Professor, Geosciences, Princeton Environmental Institute

Graduate Students:

  • Bjorn Von der Heyden
  • Warren Joubert
Pan-African Global Academy Participants

Faculty

  • Winston Soboyejo, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Graduate Students

  • Celeste Alexander
  • Gwen Gordon

Undegraduate Students

  • Adaugo Amobi ’09
Sustainable Technologies Participants

  • Winston Soboyejo –  Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Associates

  • Mahamadou Sagna

Graduate Students

  • Wali Akande
  • Onobu Akogwu
  • Yusuf Oni
  • Emily Paetzell
  • Tiffany Tong
  • Ismaiel Yakub

Undergraduate Students