Francois M. M. Morel - New Director of Princeton Environmental Institute and the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences. Two members of the Princeton University faculty have been appointed to leadership positions at the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). François M. M. Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr. Professor of Geosciences and renowned marine scientist, has been named director of PEI. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kelly K. Caylor, has
Princeton researchers supported by the Grand Challenges Program have found, overall, water availability has increased in African maize-growing regions, with exceptions in parts of East Africa.
"The River of Muddy Water," looks at the many challenges to water security in Kenya by examining the confluence of Maasai farmers who rely on the Ewaso Ng'iro river for virtually all their water needs.
A skilled gardener can intuit how much water tomatoes and carrots need, but precisely quantifying a plant’s actual water use can be tricky.
Kelly Caylor, PEI associated faculty member, collaborates on a new project: “Coupling Hydrological Forecasts and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa and China.”
Franz, a third year Ph.D. student was awarded a $10,000 grant to continue his research.
Kelly Caylor, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.
For Trenton Franz, the one drawback to being a football star at the University of Wyoming -- he helped lead his team to its first bowl victory in 38 years -- was missing out on the chance to study abroad. His graduate work at Princeton has more than filled the gap. Working with civil engineering professors Michael Celia and Kelly Caylor, Franz studies the interactions among climate, water and vegetation in dryland ecosystems in central Kenya. By the time he earns his Ph.D., he will have spent