Need a Research Question?

The following topics have been identified in partnership with University operational departments and faculty from various academic departments to assist students in identifying potential JP, Senior Thesis and graduate research topics using the campus itself as a living laboratory for sustainability problem-solving.

Please browse below, or use the sorting options to the right to narrow your search by topic or discipline. Contact the Campus as Lab team, Caroline Savage and Gina Talt '15, for more information or questions!

If you have a campus as lab research question that should be included on this list you can submit it using our contact form.

Analyze microbes present in campus storm water runoff and make recommendations about storm water management practice that could improve runoff quality.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: Chemistry, Molecular Biology

Build on a past light pollution study of campus to suggest improvements in campus lighting design to minimize disruption for wildlife and create more dark sky areas.

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Astrophysical Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

Assess forested areas of campus for species diversity and make recommendations to the campus planning team about best practices for preserving ecological integrity as campus expands

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

What are some possible impacts of geoengineering on Princeton’s campus and community?

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Astrophysical Sciences

Assess concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere near Princeton and make predictions about impact on the local systems, e.g. prevalence of algal blooms.

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Astrophysical Sciences

Help us visualize campus data to create ethnographies of sustainability on campus.

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Anthropology

Conduct a Life-Cycle Analysis of strawberries grown hydroponically in the Princeton Vertical Farm versus field-grown strawberries in different soil types.

Topics: energy, food, landscape, water
Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

Apply game theory to sustainability challenges

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

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