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Conference on nitrification draws international experts
Sept. 14, 2023
Written by Tom Garlinghouse, for High Meadows Environmental Institute

Princeton’s department of geosciences recently hosted the eighth International Conference on Nitrification and Related Processes (ICoN8). The five-day event, held from July 30 to August 3 of this year, brought together scientists and researchers from all over the world to discuss and share current research on nitrification and related processes in the nitrogen cycle.

Princeton Environmental Research Portal: A Half-Century at the Forefront of Environmental Research
Oct. 15, 2020
Written by Princeton University
You can now explore the full scope of Princeton’s latest environmental research – plus the University’s legacy of environmental commitment – through a single portal: "Princeton Environmental Research: A Half-Century at the Forefront." The portal was launched on Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. Users will find a video presenting 50 years of environmental research as well as a series of articles documenting Princeton’s historic research contributions in a areas from climate modeling to the future of food
Science at sea: Bess Ward teaches and researches from the Pacific Ocean
Sept. 20, 2018

When oceanographer Bess Ward was granted research time aboard the R/V Sally Ride during the middle of the spring semester, she had to figure out how to teach GEO 428, “Biological Oceanography,” from the Pacific Ocean. She created a teaching schedule that used student presentations, a series of guest lecturers, and her first teaching assistant…

Functional Diversity of Marine Eukaryotic Phytoplankton and Their Contributions to Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
April 24, 2015
On two ~25 day long, trans-Atlantic cruises, members of the Ward Lab ventured to the subarctic ocean. In collaboration with the Sigman Lab (Princeton University) they studied the contribution of pico- to meso-sized plankton to the cycling of carbon and nitrogen. These late summer (2013) and spring (2014) subarctic North Atlantic cruises followed-up the cruises in the western subtropical gyre (Sargasso Sea) and provided the opportunity to compare the roles of plankton functional groups between tw
North Atlantic Research Expedition: Connecting students with scientists
May 6, 2014
"THE ADVENTURES OF A SCIENCE TEACHER AT SEA" Over the next two months, Ms. B, a high school chemistry teacher will be blogging about her experiences as she joins Princeton University’s North Atlantic Research Expedition. The topics will discuss: life as a scientist on board the vessel, the science of what they are studying, the daily activities in a science lab, how to run experiments, and anything else that Ms. B finds informative, interesting, or just plain awesome.
Phytoplankton utilization of nitrogen in the surface ocean
Sept. 3, 2013
Bess Ward and her group from Princeton University, joined by Malcolm Woodward from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, are embarked on a 25 day cruise in the subarctic North Atlantic as part of an NSF funded project “Dimensions of Biodiversity: Functional Diversity of Marine Eukaryotic Phytoplankton” (Ward and Sigman PIs).
The members of the five-week research cruise cast their final farewell
July 29, 2013
Geosciences chair Bess Ward, her research group, and other scientists on board the research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer cast their final farewell blog. The research cruise was on a 5-week mission to measure various aspects of the nitrogen cycle off the coasts of Peru and Chile. Some crew members have unprecedentedly been able to remotely blog from the ship. They expected it to take over a year to compile and analyze all the data collected.
Real-time research: Bess Ward and Research Lab blog from the RV Nathaniel B. Palmer
July 12, 2013
Geosciences chair Bess Ward and her research group continue to write and upload images from their real-time logs from the RV Nathaniel B. Palmer research ship.
Ward Lab Crew on the 2013 ETSP Research Cruise to Chile and Peru
June 26, 2013

The ETSP2013 Cruise is a research expedition to the Eastern Tropical North Pacific aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer ice-capable research ship that is occurring from June 23 – July 28, 2013.

Investigating the role of eukaryotic phytoplankton in carbon and nitrogen cycling in the Sargasso Sea
Sept. 20, 2012
The Ward and Sigman lab groups’ recent four-day research cruise to the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) site in the Northwestern Sargasso Sea complements an earlier winter cruise as part of a collaborative project entitled “Functional diversity of marine eukaryotic phytoplankton and their contributions to C and N cycling.”