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PEI Environmental Scholars Program

The Princeton Environmental Institute's Environmental Scholars Program was established in 2011 with an inaugural gift from Elizabeth A. Smith and Ray E. Newton III ’86 to support advanced undergraduate scholarship in the broad area of environmental studies. The program is honorific in nature and rewards students who have shown exceptional promise in their academic coursework and in select summer research apprenticeships under the guidance of Princeton faculty.

The Environmental Scholars Program enables students to continue research apprenticeships with a member of the Princeton faculty in the summer after their sophomore year and on a continuous basis, culminating in field study as an integral component of their junior and senior independent work. It is intended for students who are able to clearly articulate a research agenda within the context of their academic course of study and with reference to previous research-immersion experiences.

During the fall semester, nominated students are asked to submit application materials for admission to the program. Selection is made by committee and admitted students are eligible to receive up to $15,000 to support their research agenda over a two-year period. Awards are structured to cover the costs of a qualified summer research apprenticeship and/or research expenses associated with independent field study connected to curricular junior/senior independent work.

PEI Environmental Scholars: Awarded in 2018

Jack LohmannJack 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.

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 CarabbiaLuke Carabbia in ecology and evolutionary biology, "Parental Feeding Decisions in the Greater Ani," Christina Riehl, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology;

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

Daniel PetticordDaniel Petticord in ecology and evolutionary biology, "The Ecology of the Leopard Tortoise," Robert Pringle, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology;

Zachariah SmartZachariah 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, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Major Adviser(s) Research Topic
2017 Emily Geyman '19 GEO Adam Maloof How Do Carbonates Record Sea Level and Seawater Chemistry?
2016 Josh Murray '18 GEO Blair Schoene A Deterministic Approach to Geochemical Stratigraphy
2016 William Atkinson '18 GEO Satish Myneni The Effect of Minerals on Organic Carbon Stability in Diverse Soil Environments
2015 Zoe Sims ‘17 EEB Stephen Pacala Coral Reef Acclimatization to Climate Change: Phenotypic Tradeoffs and Environmental Consequences
2015 Adrian Tasistro-Hart ‘17 CEE Adam Maloof Testing Milankovitch Theory with Late Cretaceous Lake Deposits in Bolivia
2015 Marcus Spiegel ‘17 GEO Kelly Caylor Modeling Agricultural Expansion in Zambia to Predict and Minimize Tradeoffs
2015 Paul Yi ‘17 GEO Sonya Legg Process Simulations of Tidally Driven Internal Waves over Rough Topography
2014 Alison Campion ‘16 GEO Adam Maloof Late Paleozoic Ice Age: Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes in Carbonate Parasequences
2014 Elliot Chang ’16 CEE Adam Wolf The Use of Alginate and Chitosan to Purify Leaf Distillates of Organic Contaminants
2013 Rebecca Haynes ’15 EEB David Wilcove, Andrew Dobson A Study of Polices and Attitudes Concerning the Conservation of Central American Felines
2013 Zhaonan Qu ‘15 MA Robert Goldston Lithium Cooling in Tokamak Scrape-off Layer
2017-2018 PEI Environmental Scholars

2017-2018 PEI Environmental Scholars
Six Princeton juniors named PEI Environmental Scholars

2016 PEI Environmental Scholars

2016 PEI Environmental Scholars
Two Undergraduates Join PEI Environmental Scholars Program

2015 PEI Environmental Scholars

2015 PEI Environmental Scholars
PEI Environmental Scholars Awarded in 2015

2014 PEI Environmental Scholars

2014 PEI Environmental Scholars
Two Undergraduates Awarded to PEI’s Environmental Scholars Program