High Meadows Environmental Institute


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 understanding of the Earth as a complex system influenced by human activities, and to inform solutions to local and global challenges by conducting groundbreaking research across disciplines and by preparing future leaders in diverse fields to impact a world increasingly shaped by climate change.

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

Program Offerings

HMEI's principal research centers and programs address complex issues surrounding global change; energy and climate; bio-geochemical 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 conducted 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 Minor 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.


  • Director

    • Gabriel A. Vecchi
  • Faculty Advisory Committee

    • João Biehl
    • Thomas S. Duffy
    • Mario I. Gandelsonas
    • Simon E. Gikandi
    • William A. Gleason
    • Katharine B. Hackett, ex officio
    • Melissa Lane
    • Simon A. Levin
    • Jonathan M. Levine
    • Stephen Pacala
    • Catherine A. Peters
    • Howard A. Stone
    • Corina E. Tarnita, ex officio
    • Gabriel A. Vecchi, ex officio
    • Bess Ward
    • Elke U. Weber
  • Sits with Committee

    • Jeanne Altmann
    • Jay B. Benziger
    • Samuel A. Cohen
    • Chris Greig
    • Isaac M. Held
    • Karl E. Kusserow
    • Eric D. Larson
    • Ramanan Laxminarayan
    • Venkatachalam Ramaswamy
    • Alexander J. Smits
    • Robert H. Socolow
  • Professor

    • Allison Carruth
    • Curtis A. Deutsch
    • Lars O. Hedin
    • Reed M. Maxwell
    • Anne McClintock
    • Rob Nixon
    • Michael Oppenheimer
    • Amilcare M. Porporato
    • Anu Ramaswami
    • Gabriel A. Vecchi
    • Gabriele Villarini
    • Bess Ward
    • David S. Wilcove
  • Associate Professor

    • Ian C. Bourg
    • Luc Deike
  • Assistant Professor

    • Laure Resplandy
    • Jerry C. Zee
    • Xinning Zhang
  • Associated Faculty

    • Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Stanley T. Allen, Architecture
    • 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
    • Benjamin H. Bradlow, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • D. Graham Burnett, History
    • Curtis G. Callan, Physics
    • Shane C. Campbell-Staton, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Vera S. Candiani, History
    • René A. Carmona, Oper Res and Financial Eng
    • Emily Ann Carter, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Michael A. Celia, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Miguel A. Centeno, Sociology
    • Paul J. Chirik, Chemistry
    • Christopher F. Chyba, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Jonathan M. Conway, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Angela N. Creager, History
    • Janet M. Currie, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Sujit S. Datta, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Rachael Z. DeLue, Art and Archaeology
    • Pablo G. Debenedetti, Dean for Research, Office of
    • Adji Bousso Dieng, Computer Science
    • Jacob S. Dlamini, History
    • Andy P. Dobson, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Thomas S. Duffy, Geosciences
    • Stephan A. Fueglistaler, Geosciences
    • Agustin Fuentes, Anthropology
    • Mario I. Gandelsonas, Architecture
    • Filiz Garip, Sociology
    • Maria E. Garlock, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Hanna Garth, Anthropology
    • Alexander Glaser, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • William A. Gleason, English
    • Claire F. Gmachl, Electrical Engineering
    • Andrea J. Goldsmith, Engineering & Applied Science
    • Robert J. Goldston, Astrophysical Sciences
    • Andrea L. Graham, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Bryan T. Grenfell, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • John T. Groves, Chemistry
    • Kelsey B. Hatzell, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Bernard A. Haykel, Near Eastern Studies
    • John A. Higgins, Geosciences
    • Allan Hsiao, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Alison E. Isenberg, History
    • Peter R. Jaffé, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Amaney A. Jamal, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Jesse D. Jenkins, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Jennifer L. Jennings, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Yiguang Ju, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • 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
    • Adam C. Maloof, Geosciences
    • Syukuro Manabe, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
    • Margaret R. Martonosi, Computer Science
    • Denise L. Mauzerall, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • 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
    • Elizabeth Niespolo, Geosciences
    • Guy J.P. Nordenson, Architecture
    • Stephen Pacala, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Catherine A. Peters, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • H. Vincent Poor, Electrical Engineering
    • Rachel L. Price, Spanish & Portuguese
    • Rodney D. Priestley, Dean of the Graduate School
    • Robert M. Pringle, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Kristopher W. Ramsay, Politics
    • Barry P. Rand, Electrical Engineering
    • Z. Jason Ren, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Jennifer Rexford, Computer Science
    • Christina P. Riehl, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology
    • Daniel Rubenstein, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Michele L. Sarazen, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Blair Schoene, Geosciences
    • Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost, Chemistry
    • Jacob N. 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 Smith, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Mary C. Stoddard, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Howard A. Stone, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Sankaran Sundaresan, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Corina E. Tarnita, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Eric Tate, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Elke U. Weber, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Marissa L. Weichman, Chemistry
    • David Wentzlaff, Electrical Engineering
    • Jeffrey Whetstone, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Claire E. White, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Jennifer A. Widner, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Gerard Wysocki, Electrical Engineering
    • Mark A. Zondlo, Civil and Environmental Eng
  • Lecturer

    • Anne M. Kraepiel-Morel
  • Visiting Professor

    • Deborah Popper
    • Frank Popper
  • Visiting Associate Professor

    • Kevon Rhiney

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.


ENV 102A - Climate: Past, Present, and Future (also GEO 102A/STC 102A) Not offered this year SEN

ENV 102B - Climate: Past, Present, and Future (also GEO 102B/STC 102B) Not offered this year SEL

ENV 206 - Designing Sustainable Systems (also ARC 208/EGR 208/ENE 202) Fall SEL

ENV 207 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering (also CEE 207) Fall QCR

ENV 219 - Catastrophes across Cultures: The Anthropology of Disaster (also ANT 219) SA

ENV 300 - Environmental Engineering and Energy (also CEE 304/ENE 304) Not offered this year

ENV 304 - Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy (also ECO 328/EEB 304/SPI 455) Fall SEN

The dynamics of the emergence and spread of disease arise from a complex interplay among disease ecology, economics, and human behavior. Lectures will provide an introduction to complementarities between economic and epidemiological approaches to understanding the emergence, spread, and control of infectious diseases. The course will cover topics such as drug-resistance in bacterial and parasitic infections, individual incentives to vaccinate, the role of information in the transmission of infectious diseases, and the evolution of social norms in healthcare practices. One three-hour lecture, one preceptorial. C. Metcalf

ENV 305 - Topics in Environmental Studies Fall SA

Special topics courses related to the broad field of environmental studies. F. Popper, D. Popper

ENV 306 - Topics in Environmental Studies Spring HA

Special topics courses related to the broad field of environmental studies. Seminar. J. Ruderman

ENV 308 - Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya (also AFS 312/GLS 312/VIS 310) Not offered this year LA

ENV 310 - Environmental Law and Moot Court Spring SA

Examining the relationship between law and environmental policy, this course focuses on cases that have established policy principles. The first half of the seminar will be conducted using the Socratic method. The second half will allow students to reargue either the plaintiff or defendant position in a key case, which will be decided by the classroom jury. L. Mehranvar, D. Greenhouse

ENV 318 - Hydrology: Water and Climate (also CEE 306) Spring SEN

ENV 319 - Environmental Economics (also ECO 329/SPI 306) Fall SA

ENV 326 - Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate (also GEO 202) Spring SEN

ENV 328 - Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World (also EGR 328/ENE 328/MAE 328) Not offered this year SEN

ENV 331 - Environmental Chemistry: Chemistry of the Natural Systems (also CHM 331/GEO 363) Fall SEN

ENV 334 - Global Environmental Issues (also CEE 334/ENE 334/SPI 452) Spring SEN

ENV 339 - Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, Policy (also ENE 366/GEO 366/SPI 451) Spring SEN

ENV 349 - Writing about Science (also JRN 349/STC 349) Fall SEN

ENV 350 - The Environment: Science and Policy (also SPI 350) Not offered this year SEN

ENV 356 - Topics in Environmental Justice in the Geosciences (also GEO 360) Spring SEL

ENV 361 - Earth's Atmosphere (also CEE 360/GEO 361) Fall SEN

ENV 362 - Earth History (also GEO 362) Spring SEN

ENV 365 - Conservation Biology (also EEB 308) Fall SEN

ENV 370 - Sedimentology (also CEE 370/GEO 370) Spring SEN

ENV 384 - Ecology: Species Interactions, Biodiversity and Society (also EEB 321) Fall SEL

ENV 388 - Environmental Materials Chemistry: Researching in Field and Laboratory (also GEO 369/MSE 369) Spring SEN

ENV 403 - Advanced Seminar in American Studies (also AMS 403/ART 406) Not offered this year CDLA

ENV 406 - Energy and Form (also ARC 406) Not offered this year

ENV 417A - Ecosystems, Climate Change and Global Food (also EEB 417A) Fall SEN

ENV 417B - Ecosystems, Climate Change and Global Food (also EEB 417B) Not offered this year SEL

ENV 431 - Solar Energy Conversion (also ECE 431/EGR 431/ENE 431) QCR

ENV 432 - Environment and War (also HIS 432) Fall HA

ENV 472 - Environmental Chemistry of Soils (also CHM 470/GEO 470) Spring

ENV 474 - Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering (also CEE 474) Fall SEN

ENV 492 - Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure (also ARC 492/URB 492) Spring