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The Princeton Environmental Institute has awarded a total of $840,000 to support seven original research projects which will become the nucleus of a new Grand Challenges cooperative focused on environmental issues associated with physical, chemical, and biological aspects of oceans and freshwater systems. This newly launched Water and the Environment Challenge recognizes the vital role that water plays in virtually all aspects of the environmental sciences as well as the global importance of wat


2015 Colvin Award winner, Kathryn Grabowski ’16, conducting a clipping experiment as part of her senior thesis research in Mozambique during the summer of 2015.
The swimming pool at Chitengo Camp is a bright blue circle shaded by trees. It is a tranquil place to relax after a dusty game drive in Gorongosa National Park, but not long ago this inviting oasis was used by rebel forces as a prison.
The pool, now ringed with deck chairs, instead of armed guards, is just one small sign of
When Connor Stonesifer ’16 first arrived in Panama in the summer of 2015, his Spanish consisted of saying “I want” and having to point at things. When he asked the woman who ran the hostel where he was staying to turn up the air conditioning, he received a cup of pudding instead.


The landscape of a recovering forest in Agua Salud.
“It was not exactly an auspicious start to my first foray into independent field research,” said Stonesifer, an ecology and evolu
The 15th annual meeting of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) was held on April 13-14, 2016 in London. This is the first time in the 15-year history of CMI that the annual meeting has been held somewhere other than the Princeton University campus.
Holding the meeting in London facilitated greater engagement between CMI investigators and European colleagues. Over 60 people attended to hear presentations and take part in discussions about terrestrial and ocean carbon sinks, carbon targets and
John Higgins led a team of researchers who reported in 2015 the recovery of a 1-million-year-old ice core from the remote Allan Hills of Antarctica, the oldest ice ever recorded by scientists.
PECS is seeking applications from talented and highly motivated graduate students throughout the University who are conducting research within the broad area of climate and energy.
Princeton Environmental Institute is pleased to announce a call for innovative research and teaching proposals on behalf of the Water and Environment Challenge.
People often believe that future generations will be better off than their predecessors, but this may not be true for today’s impoverished populations.
It's easy to think of plants as passive features of their environments, doing as the land prescribes, serving as a backdrop to the bustling animal kingdom.
Princeton University researchers deployed a new tool to help solve an old ecological puzzle: How can multiple animals coexist while eating the same resources?