Princeton Environmental Institute
Founded in 1994, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education and outreach at Princeton University.
PEI’s mission is to advance knowledge and to develop the next generation of leadership by providing outstanding academic programs and opportunities for advanced scholarship, research and civic engagement. The institute draws its strength from more than 60 members of the Princeton faculty, representing more than 18 academic disciplines, whose research and teaching focuses on the scientific, technical, policy and human dimensions of environmental issues.
PEI's principal research centers address complex issues surrounding global change; energy and climate; biogeochemical cycles; molecular geochemistry; biodiversity; conservation; environmental science and policy; infectious disease and global health; and sustainable development in impoverished and resource-challenged regions of the world.
Exploring biodiversity, the Center for BioComplexity is home to two complementary projects supported by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency -- "From microstates to macrodynamics: A new mathematics of biology" and "Predictive Biology: Adaptability, Robustness and the fundamental Laws of Biology." These multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary efforts involve researchers at a number of institutions in the United States and around the world, and disciplines from basic topology to dynamical systems, from cell biology to ecosystem science. Its focus is the development of new mathematical approaches to complexity in biology, looking for both unification and uniqueness across levels of organization.