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Bryan Grenfell receives Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences
July 26, 2022

Bryan Grenfell, Princeton University’s Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, is one of three recipients of the 2022 Kyoto Prize. Grenfell, who studies the dynamics of infectious disease, was honored in the basic science category for his “development of an innovative methodology…

Stoddard named Schmidt Science Polymath
July 26, 2022

The Schmidt Science Polymath program makes long-term bets on recently tenured professors with remarkable track records, promising futures and a desire to explore interdisciplinary research. Each professor is awarded $500,000 per year for up to five years to explore new ideas across disciplines and use emerging technologies to test…

Simon Levin elected a member of Academia Europaea
July 26, 2022

Simon A. Levin has been elected a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). The Academy was founded in 1988, on the initiative of the United Kingdom's Royal Society and other National Academies in Europe, and is the only Academy with individual membership from the Council of Europe states…

‘How things relate’: Dalehite and Irelan explored pairings in evolutionary biology for their senior thesis projects
June 2, 2022

Princeton senior Katherine Irelan spent two months in summer 2021 walking the slopes of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park searching for specimens of the native shrub pūkiawe (Leptecophylla tameiameiae) for her senior-thesis research on how the plant allies with soil fungi to thrive in different environments and climates. Her work was inspired by…

McBride lab researches how mosquito brains encode human odor so they can seek us out
June 2, 2022

Mosquitoes. Bane of backyard picnics -- and deadly in Zika- and dengue-prone regions. Most of the world’s mosquitoes are opportunistic, willing to drink blood from any nearby source. But in some regions, the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry Zika, dengue and yellow fever have evolved to bite humans almost…

Claire Thompson '20 wins gold medal at 2022 Olympics
Feb. 28, 2022

Former EEB undergraduate and Simon Levin advisee Claire Thompson ’20 won a gold medal in Women's Ice Hockey at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.  Claire set an Olympic record, scoring 13 points as a defender.

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Simon Levin receives BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award
Feb. 4, 2022

This fourteenth edition of the BBVA Foundation's Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology has gone to the ecologists Lenore Fahrig, Simon Levin and Steward Pickett for incorporating the spatial dimension into ecosystem research, in the sense of landscape and its multiple scales, and bringing it to bear in the management…

The New York Times features Bridgett vonHoldt's research on canids.
Jan. 4, 2022

A population of strange canids in Texas could hold the key to reviving the highly endangered red wolf. From a distance, the canids of Galveston Island, Texas, look almost like coyotes, prowling around the beach at night, eyes gleaming in the dark.

But look closer and oddities appear. The animals’ bodies seem slightly out of proportion…

Like a natural system, democracy faces collapse as polarization leads to loss of diversity
Dec. 7, 2021

Much like an overexploited ecosystem, the increasingly polarized political landscape in the United States — and much of the world — is experiencing a catastrophic loss of diversity that threatens the resilience not only of democracy, but also of society, according to a series of new studies that have examined political polarization as a…

Simon Levin elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society
Nov. 17, 2021

Simon A. Levin has been elected a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his contributions to the mathematics of ecology, evolution, and epidemiology.

The program "recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the…