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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.

In Rainforests, Battle for Sunlight Shapes Forest Structure

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Friday, January 8, 2016 - 4:30pm

Despite their diversity, the structure of most tropical rainforests is highly predictable. Scientists have described the various sizes of the trees by a simple mathematical relationship called a power law.

With an Extension of Financial Support from BP, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative Now to Run to 2020

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 (All day)
Princeton University President Christopher E. Eisgruber and Felipe Bayon, senior vice president, BP America, shaking hands during the renewal announcement.
Princeton University President Christopher E. Eisgruber (left) and Felipe Bayon (right), senior vice president, BP America, shaking hands during the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) renewal announcement. (Photo by Mark Czaijkowski)

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