Jack Lohmann, a Princeton English major and environmental studies certificate student, spent a month on the Pacific island of Nauru for his senior thesis documenting life and politics in a destroyed environment. Strip mining for phosphate during the 20th century reduced the 8-square-mile nation to a narrow ring of coastal plain surrounding a moonscape of towering limestone spires and deep chasms (shown). Today, roughly 80% of the island is uninhabitable. With few economic opportunities, Nauru is now home to a controversial immigrant detention center funded by Australia.
Featured Thesis: English Major Jack Lohmann explores Nauru, where the environmental future is now
Photo by Jack Lohmann