New HMEI Director Gabriel Vecchi Aims to Expand Campus, Community Research and Teaching Partnerships

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021

AOS Faculty Member Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), was named director of HMEI effective July 1. Vecchi succeeds Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering, who had served as director since 2017.

“My experience at HMEI and Princeton has reinforced my view that HMEI is a world leader in environmental teaching and research,” said Vecchi, who focuses his research on climate science and modeling, particularly related to hurricanes and extreme weather. Vecchi joined the Princeton faculty in 2017 after serving as head of the climate variation and predictability group at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) located on Princeton’s Forrestal Campus.

Before being named director of HMEI, Vecchi served as director of the Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System — a collaboration between Princeton and GFDL . He currently serves as CIMES deputy director.

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