Currie Barron and Tom Barron ’74 Establish Research Fund to Preserve Biodiversity

Nov. 13, 2020

Princeton University has established an endowed fund with a gift from Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron that will significantly increase support for environmental research related to biodiversity and build upon the University’s decades-long leadership in studying and protecting the rich variety of Earth’s ecosystems.

The Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund will support individuals or teams of Princeton faculty and students from across the campus who pursue research crucial to preserving species and the interconnectivity of ecosystems. The Biodiversity Challenge program will be based in and overseen by the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) — previously known as the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). With the new biodiversity fund, HMEI now has four research challenge funds addressing urgent and complex global environmental issues, including programs dedicated to climate and energy, oceans and freshwater systems, and sustainable cities.

A former University trustee, Tom Barron was influential in the founding of PEI (now HMEI) and continues, to this day, to serve as a member of its advisory board. The Barrons have contributed to the flourishing of HMEI’s Environmental Humanities Program, which encourages and supports the participation of Princeton faculty, research scholars and students from the humanities and the social sciences in the study of environmental issues.

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