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PEI researchers among recipients of Dean for Research Innovation Funds

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Researchers in or associated with the Princeton Environmental Institute were among several Princeton University faculty members to be selected to receive 2018 Dean for Research Innovation Funds through Princeton's Office of the Dean for Research. The funds are awarded annually to promising research in various subject areas and disciplines.

Farms, petroculture and the Environmental Nexus: Four new environmental studies courses and ENV 200 for Spring 2018

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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Four new environmental studies courses and the popular "Environmental Nexus" class are among the many Spring 2018 classes from PEI's Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. Registration begins Dec. 6.

In 'The Environmental Nexus,' students explore the many paths to saving the planet

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:00am

In the "Environmental Nexus" course that debuted this semester, undergraduates approach the environmental crisis from four distinct perspectives — science, ethics, politics and economics, and arts and literature. The course's unique structure prepares students to deal with the future effects of the global environmental crisis — particularly climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and food and water shortages — which will likely touch every facet of their lives.

Tree-Bark Thickness Indicates Fire-Resistance in a Hotter Future

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 10:15am

A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in fire-prone areas. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help predict which forests and savannas will survive a warmer climate in which wildfires are expected to increase in frequency.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Competition, Hydraulic Damage, and the Universal Rules Regulating Plant Water Use

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 2:30pm

Discover Princeton Environmental Institute

Stephen Pacala, former director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), provides a visual tour of the University's interdisciplinary center for environmental research, education and outreach. In this video Pacala discusses the Institute's mission, world-class faculty, interdisciplinary research and unique educational opportunities, including internships.

Unleashing Innovation: Tackling Environmental Challenges

Spirit of Service '76 and the Princeton Environmental Institute examine inventive solutions to environmental problems.

Drought and the Global Carbon Cycle

Elliot Chang at the vacuum line, for cryogenic distillation of plant water samples. Photo credit: James O'DonnellDrought is anticipated to have a major impact on the carbon cycle in the coming century.

Stephen Pacala Awarded Funding For New Course: The Environmental Nexus

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Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:15am

Stephen Pacala, the Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), has been awarded funding through Princeton University’s 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education to create a new Environmental Studies course, ENV 200 “The Environmental Nexus”, to examine a collection of global environmental crises.