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Cole Morokhovich studies color vision of hummingbirds in the Colorado Rockies
Sept. 10, 2018

I spent my summer as a research assistant for Professor Stoddard in the Stoddard lab researching hummingbird color vision at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in the Colorado Rockies. Part of my responsibilities included taking spectrophotometer measurements of flowers frequently visited by hummingbirds, as well as filming the…

Dan Rubenstein receives Sigma Xi’s 2018 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award
Aug. 24, 2018
Each year, Sigma Xi recognizes distinguished achievements in science and engineering through its Prizes and Awards Program.  Dan Rubensteidn was one of four 2018 award winners. 
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…

Parasitization of plains zebras and the endangered Grevy’s zebras
Aug. 2, 2018

Undergraduate Lindsay Martinez spent her summer working on her senior thesis project at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya. She is looking at the parasitization of plains zebras and the endangered Grevy’s zebras by a gastrointestinal parasite called a strongyle. To study the intensity of infection with strongyles she opportunistically collected…

Understanding the ecosystem dynamics of the shrubland biomes
Aug. 2, 2018

Graduate student Ciro Cabal is trying to understand the ecosystem dynamics of the shrubland biomes, and concretely some endogenous and exogenous causes of its existence and physiognomy. Among the endogenous causes, I am interested in disentangling the role of the optimization of individual reproduction allocation in woody plants, developing…

What can Rocky Mountain wildflowers tell us about pathogen evolution?
Aug. 2, 2018

PhD student Ian Miller spent part of his summer outside of Crested Butte, Colorado, studying wild flax and its fungal rust pathogen. The flax-rust system is the classic "gene-for-gene" system, in which pathogens evolve "virulence alleles" that allow them to infect hosts that have evolved "resistance alleles." The ability to infect hosts is…

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…

In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal
Aug. 1, 2018
At Gorongosa National Park, scarred by civil war, scientists including EEB associate professor Rob Pringle are answering fundamental questions about ecology and evolution, and how wildlife recovers from devastation.
Professor Simon Levin keynote speaker at the United Nations
July 12, 2018
Levin's keynote speech is part of the review of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 15, which seeks to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Tune in to the live broadcast!
Agriculture, Human Diets and the Environment
July 3, 2018

The new Princeton course “Agriculture, Human Diets and the Environment,” which debuted in spring 2018 and was taught by EEB professor Daniel Rubenstein,  seeks to prepare students for a future where society will have to secure more nourishment on a planet running increasingly short on the land and resources needed to provide it.