News: Conservation

Wall Street Journal: "Peter Grant Has Documented Evolution in Action"
June 2, 2023

Wall Street Journal: "Peter Grant Has Documented Evolution in Action"

Evolutionary Biologist Peter Grant spoke with the Wall Street Journal about expertise on tracking the development of finches in the Galápagos Islands.

"Enchanted by Daphne" by Renowned Ecologist Peter R. Grant is Now Available.
May 23, 2023

Exciting news, "Enchanted by Daphne" by renowned ecologist Peter R. Grant is now available in hardcover and ebook formats.

Peter takes us on an extraordinary journey in this captivating memoir, from his childhood in World War II-era Britain to his ongoing research in the Galápagos archipelago. Explore the triumphs and challenges of…

Jack Corso looks at the spatial ecology of the fringing, barrier and outer slope reef ecosystems
Aug. 2, 2018

Undergraduate Jack Corso '19 works in Steve Pacala's lab at Princeton. This summer he spent his time in La Jolla, California learning the intricacies of the coral reef photomosaic methodology. Corso also traveled to the French Polynesian island of Moorea, located in the Society Island Archipelago. While on Moorea he stayed and worked out of the…

Members of EEB call for an integrative molecular approach to wildlife disease studies
Aug. 1, 2018

An essay by Alexandra DeCandia, Andy Dobson, and Bridgett vonHoldt argues for more widespread adoption of diverse molecular methods – examining host and parasite genetics, epigenetics, and microbiome – in studies of wildlife disease. They review insights gained from these analyses in recent years (predominantly focusing on chytridiomycosis in…

Warfare and wildlife declines in Africa’s protected areas
Jan. 22, 2018

Frequent armed warfare in many of Africa’s nature reserves has contributed to the decline of some of the continent’s iconic beasts. To understand the overall effect of warfare on wildlife, Joshua Daskin and Robert Pringle at Princeton University analysed data collected between 1946 and 2010 on more than 250 populations of large herbivorous…

How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest
Sept. 20, 2017

“This is one of the only instances I’ve ever heard of where you can have cost-negative carbon sequestration,” said Timothy Treuer, co-lead author of the study and a graduate student in Princeton’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

‘A Bee, a Tree, What’s In It For Me?’ Class examines environmental policy
May 22, 2017

In the spring course 'The Environment: Science and Policy,' Oppenheimer teamed up with ecology expert David Wilcove professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology…

Earth Day 2017: Environmental engagement and action
April 21, 2017

Earth Day 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most politically charged in a generation. Scientists and environmentalists are planning to march; questions loom over the future of climate change action and the Environmental Protection Agency, and some academics fear that empiricism itself has come under attack. To engage the campus on issues…

How temperature guides where species live and where they’ll go
Feb. 13, 2017

For decades, among the most enduring questions for ecologists have been: “Why do species live where they do? And what are the factors that keep them there?” A Princeton University-based study featured on the February cover of the journal…

Tree-bark thickness indicates fire-resistance in a hotter future
Jan. 11, 2017

A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in fire-prone areas. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help predict which forests and savannas will survive a warmer climate in which wildfires are expected to increase in frequency.

Africa’s poison ‘apple’ provides common ground for saving elephants, raising livestock
June 23, 2014

While African wildlife often run afoul of ranchers and pastoralists securing food and water resources for their animals, the interests of fauna and farmer might finally be unified by the “Sodom apple,” a toxic invasive plant that has overrun vast swaths of East African savanna and pastureland.

Video feature: Art of Science 2013 celebrates the ‘unpredictability of beauty’
July 29, 2013

The Art of Science 2013 exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 43 images of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its sixth iteration, were chosen from 170…

Morning meal
May 26, 2013

Tropical rain forests have been called the "jewels of the earth" due to the rich diversity found in their flora and fauna. La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica is a preserve where scientists conduct research on the rain forest's role in world ecology. Ants of many species enjoy nectar produced by Inga thibaudiana, a relatively small tree…