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A senior thesis that turned the challenges of COVID-19 into an advantage
May 25, 2021

Undergraduate senior Kuziel and Professor Pringle settled on a thesis that turned the challenges of COVID-19 into an advantage: since he couldn’t gather his own data at one national park, he would use previously gathered samples from six animal species — baboons, warthogs, kudu, hartebeest, impala and zebra — at six national parks — Gorongosa…

Mange in Yellowstone wolves reveals insights into human scabies and conservation biology
Jan. 26, 2021

Before wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s, they were vaccinated for common diseases and treated for any parasite infections they already carried. As a result, the first few generations of wolves were relatively disease-free, but over the years, various diseases – including…

Rob Pringle gets inventive with online teaching
Jan. 21, 2021

For Professor Rob Pringle’s 56 students, joining Zoom to find their professor lecturing from his basement would be a lot more surprising than seeing him discuss biodiversity while knee-deep in a lake. Students in EEB face the challenge of engaging in outdoor exploration during this online semester. But Pringle is bringing the outdoors to his…

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selects Andrea Graham as one of six Princeton professors for their 2020 fellows
Dec. 9, 2020

These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Andrea Graham, a professor of EEB and the co-director of the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, is recognized in the biological sciences section for her distinguished…

How plants compete for underground real estate affects climate change and food production
Dec. 9, 2020

In a paper published recently in Science, an international team of researchers led by Princeton graduate student Ciro Cabal sheds light on the underground life of plants. Their research used a combination of modeling and a greenhouse experiment to discover whether plants invest differently in root structures when planted alone versus when…

Long-term COVID-19 containment will be shaped by strength and duration of natural, vaccine-induced immunity
Sept. 22, 2020

New research suggests that the impact of natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key factors in shaping the future trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19. In particular, a vaccine capable of eliciting a strong immune response could substantially reduce the future burden of infection, according to a study by…

From muddy boots to mathematics: Advancing the science of ecosystems and biodiversity
Aug. 25, 2020

Princeton’s vital research across the spectrum of environmental issues is today and will continue to be pivotal to solving some of humanity’s toughest problems. Our impact is built on a long, deep, broad legacy of personal commitment, intellectual leadership, perseverance and innovation. This article is part of a series to present the sweep of…

Why do some mosquitoes prefer humans?
July 24, 2020

Why do some mosquitoes find us irresistible, preferring to bite human hosts and spread disease with those bites, while others would rather bite another animal? To answer that question, Princeton EEB researchers Lindy McBride and Noah Rose, in collaboration with a large international network of scientists, spent three years driving around sub…

Wild hummingbirds see a broad range of colors humans can only imagine
June 16, 2020

To find food, dazzle mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, birds rely on their excellent color vision. “Humans are color-blind compared to birds and many other animals,” said Mary Caswell Stoddard.

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Nicolas Choquette-Levy in the Levin Lab receives 2020 Walbridge Fund Graduate Award
June 16, 2020

The Walbridge Fund is administered by PEI, and “provides research funding to Princeton University graduate students pursuing innovative research on climate science, energy solutions, environmental policy or, more broadly, on other environmental topics.” 

Nicolas submitted a proposal to fund a research project on surveying smallholder…