High Meadows Environmental Institute



  • Michael A. Celia

Sits with Committee

  • V. Balaji
  • Chris Greig
  • Isaac M. Held
  • Karl E. Kusserow
  • Eric D. Larson
  • Ramanan Laxminarayan
  • Venkatachalam Ramaswamy
  • Jorge L. Sarmiento
  • Robert H. Socolow


  • Lars O. Hedin
  • Reed M. Maxwell
  • Robert Nixon
  • Michael Oppenheimer
  • Amilcare M. Porporato
  • Anu Ramaswami
  • Gabriel A. Vecchi
  • Bess Ward
  • David S. Wilcove

Assistant Professor

  • Ian C. Bourg
  • Luc Deike
  • Laure Resplandy
  • Jerry C. Zee
  • Xinning Zhang

Associated Faculty

  • Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Stanley T. Allen, Architecture
  • Jeanne Altmann, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Craig B. Arnold, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
  • José L. Avalos, Chemical and Biological Eng
  • Julien F. Ayroles, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Bonnie L. Bassler, Molecular Biology
  • Charles R. Beitz, Politics
  • João Biehl, Anthropology
  • Göran Magnus Blix, French & Italian
  • Andrew B. Bocarsly, Chemistry
  • Elie R. Bou-Zeid, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • M. Christine Boyer, Architecture
  • D. Graham Burnett, History
  • Curtis G. Callan, Physics
  • Vera S. Candiani, History
  • René A. Carmona, Oper Res and Financial Eng
  • Christopher F. Chyba, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Samuel A. Cohen, PPPL Plasma Science and Techno
  • Janet M. Currie, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Sujit S. Datta, Chemical and Biological Eng
  • Pablo G. Debenedetti, Dean for Research, Office of
  • Jacob S. Dlamini, History
  • Andy P. Dobson, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Stephan A. Fueglistaler, Geosciences
  • Mario I. Gandelsonas, Architecture
  • Maria E. Garlock, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Alexander Glaser, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • William A. Gleason, English
  • Claire F. Gmachl, Electrical Engineering
  • Robert J. Goldston, Astrophysical Sciences
  • Andrea L. Graham, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Bryan T. Grenfell, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • John T. Groves, Chemistry
  • Bernard A. Haykel, Near Eastern Studies
  • John A. Higgins, Geosciences
  • Alison E. Isenberg, History
  • Peter R. Jaffé, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Jesse D. Jenkins, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
  • Yiguang Ju, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
  • Gerta Keller, Geosciences
  • Robert O. Keohane, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Bruce E. Koel, Chemical and Biological Eng
  • Emmanuel H. Kreike, History
  • Melissa Lane, Politics
  • Chung K. Law, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
  • Simon A. Levin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Jonathan M. Levine, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Paul Lewis, Architecture
  • Ning Lin, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Lynn Loo, Chemical and Biological Eng
  • Adam C. Maloof, Geosciences
  • Margaret R. Martonosi, Computer Science
  • Denise L. Mauzerall, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Anne McClintock, Gender & Sexuality Studies Pgm
  • C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Erika L. Milam, History
  • Helen V. Milner, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Ryo Morimoto, Anthropology
  • Paul B. Muldoon, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Satish C. Myneni, Geosciences
  • Alexander Nehamas, Philosophy
  • Guy J.P. Nordenson, Architecture
  • Tullis C. Onstott, Geosciences
  • Stephen W. Pacala, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Catherine A. Peters, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • H. Vincent Poor, Electrical Engineering
  • Warren B. Powell, Oper Res and Financial Eng
  • Rachel L. Price, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Robert M. Pringle, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Kristopher W. Ramsay, Politics
  • Barry P. Rand, Electrical Engineering
  • Z. Jason Ren, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Jennifer L. Rexford, Computer Science
  • Christina P. Riehl, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology
  • Daniel I. Rubenstein, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Blair Schoene, Geosciences
  • Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost, Chemistry
  • Harold T. Shapiro, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • Daniel M. Sigman, Geosciences
  • Frederik J. Simons, Geosciences
  • Peter A. Singer, Center for Human Values
  • Jaswinder P. Singh, Computer Science
  • James A. Smith, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Alexander J. Smits, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
  • Shivaji L. Sondhi, Physics
  • Mary C. Stoddard, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Howard A. Stone, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
  • Sankaran Sundaresan, Chemical and Biological Eng
  • Corina E. Tarnita, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Elke U. Weber, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
  • David Wentzlaff, Electrical Engineering
  • Jeffrey Whetstone, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Claire E. White, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Gerard Wysocki, Electrical Engineering
  • Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Architecture
  • Mark A. Zondlo, Civil and Environmental Eng


  • Ian J. Campbell
  • Sara M. Constantino
  • Kirti Das
  • Jessica Harrop
  • Ewan D. Kingston
  • Ladan Mehranvar
  • Anne M. Morel-Kraepiel
  • Timothy D. Searchinger
  • Kangkang Tong
  • Shana S. Weber

Faculty Advisory Committee

  • João Biehl
  • Michael A. Celia, ex officio
  • Mario I. Gandelsonas
  • Simon E. Gikandi
  • William A. Gleason
  • Katharine B. Hackett, ex officio
  • Lars O. Hedin
  • Melissa Lane
  • Simon A. Levin
  • Lynn Loo
  • Stephen W. Pacala
  • Catherine A. Peters
  • Harold T. Shapiro
  • Howard A. Stone
  • Corina E. Tarnita, ex officio
  • Bess Ward
  • Elke U. Weber
For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.

Program Information

Founded in 1994, the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education, and outreach at Princeton University. HMEI's mission is to advance knowledge and to develop the next generation of leadership by providing outstanding academic programs and opportunities for advanced scholarship and cutting edge research with an environmental focus.

HMEI draws strength from more than 120 members of the Princeton faculty, representing 30 academic disciplines, whose research and teaching focuses on the scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of environmental issues. The center functions as a central resource for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and others with interest in environmental topics.

HMEI's principal research centers and programs address complex issues surrounding global change; energy and climate; biogeochemical cycles; molecular geochemistry; biodiversity; conservation; environmental science and policy; environmental humanities; infectious disease and global health; and sustainable development in impoverished and resource-challenged regions of the world.

In 2007, HMEI launched the Grand Challenges Program to address the world's most vexing environmental problems through an integrated research and teaching program. The program involves cutting-edge research carried out locally and around the world and engages a broad cross-section of the university research community. The program's academic mission is advanced through innovations in teaching and learning including graduate and undergraduate courses, internships, and opportunities for research in and around faculty research cooperatives.

HMEI offers an array of courses that explore environmental issues through the lenses of the natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Undergraduate students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in the environmental field may pursue a Certificate in Environmental Studies through HMEI's Program in Environmental Studies. As early as the first year, students are eligible to apply for internships with Princeton faculty and for other mentored research opportunities. These paid fellowships provide exposure to cutting edge research on a wide variety of environmental topics. Additionally, HMEI provides support for field research connected to independent work in the junior and senior years. The ENV program and related opportunities are open to all students regardless of academic major.

HMEI offers several novel programs and opportunities for graduate students including the HMEI-STEP Fellowship Program, the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) and the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies.

Additional information about HMEI is available on the Institute's website.