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.
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.
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;
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;
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, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
|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|