Why Denmark Wants to Be a ‘Frontrunner’ in the Fight Against Climate ChangeDespite a small carbon footprint, Denmark is an innovator in the environmental realm. Dan Jørgensen, the country’s minister for climate, energy, and utilities, recently visited YSE to explain why the country wants to be a leader in the global fight against climate change.
Botswana and Yale Partner on Improving Sustainable Land and Water ManagementStudents and researchers from YSE will advise on collaborative work plans and initiatives, aimed at meeting Botswana’s environmental priorities and aligning with the work of YSE faculty and students.
YSE Alumnus and Current Yale Law Student A.J. Hudson Awarded Switzer Environmental FellowshipA.J. Hudson ’19 MESc has received a Switzer Environmental Fellowship, which awards emerging environmental leaders studying at universities in New England and California with funding and support for their graduate studies and career development.
Compound Hazards Pose Increased Risk to Highly Populated Regions in the HimalayaUrbanization trends in the Himalaya are exposing more people to risk from compound hazards such as flooding, landslides and wildfires, a new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found.
YSE Class of 2023 Dives into Research and AnalysisThis year’s incoming class of 137 master’s students at the Yale School of the Environment span six continents and 21 countries, including 29 U.S. states and territories.
The Social Cost of Carbon is Still the Best Way to Evaluate Climate PolicyProfessor of Economics Matthew Kotchen argues that the social cost of carbon, which accounts for the future damage that atmospheric carbon causes, is preferable to an alternative approach put forward by two prominent economists
Efficient Buildings Could Save Thousands of Lives in U.S. Every YearBuildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. By improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, the emissions generated from heating and cooling them could be reduced – preventing thousands of premature deaths every year.
Rivers Are Largest Global Source of Mercury in Coastal OceansTen rivers are responsible for half of the riverine mercury entering the world's oceans — with the Amazon River, the Ganges, and the Yangtze topping the list.
Addicott Awarded Marine Economics Fellowship to Study Coastal ErosionPhD candidate Ethan Addicott aims to create a tool to aid beach restoration efforts and maximize the value and utility of every bucket of sand.
Study Finds Poor Households in India Bear Brunt of Pollution EffectsPoorer households in India are bearing a disproportional impact from pollution caused by others, a new study by Yale School of the Environment Associate Professor of Energy Systems Narasimha Rao has found.
Sustainable Procurement Key to Lowering Carbon FootprintAs more companies focus on reducing their carbon footprint, there’s one element that is key but often overlooked — reducing emissions from their supply chains.
Four YSE Students Named 2021 Sabin International FellowsFour graduate students from the Yale School of the Environment have been named Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
YSE Students Spicing up Trail Foods in Sustainable WaysMesa, a startup run by Tony Cisneros '21 MEM and Caroline Ebinger '22 MEM, seeks to provide nutritious backpacking meals while supporting core planetary health principles.
Eli Fenichel Named to Office of Science and Technology PolicyEli Fenichel, the Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics, has joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and will serve as assistant director for natural resource economics and accounting.
Kroon Cup Awarded to Jenna Musco: “Constant Source of Support”Jenna Musco’s efforts in the community offering support and direction to fellow students earned her the 2021 YSE Kroon Cup.
Cutting-Edge Wildlife Ecologist Nyeema Harris to Join YSE FacultyNyeema Harris, whose groundbreaking research explores carnivore behavior and movement, ecology and conservation in urban systems and national parks at a global scale, will join the faculty of Yale School of the Environment as associate professor of wildlife and land conservation on July 1.
Andrés Fernández Álvarez Brings a Global Perspective to His New Role as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at YSEAndrés Fernández Álvarez has been named the new assistant dean for student affairs at the Yale School of the Environment and will assume his new role on June 28.
YSE Class of ’21
Dean Burke commends this year’s graduates for their resilience, true expertise, scholarship, and leadership during a historically challenging time.
“Forward with Optimism and Resolve”
Swag: Done the Sustainable WayWhen we changed our name to Yale School of the Environment and established The Forest School last year, we knew it was time to re-imagine school swag. Priority No. 1 — sustainability.
Advances in Energy-Climate Change Models Will Help Refine PoliciesNarasimha Rao, associate professor of energy systems at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) testified May 4 on climate and energy research at the Department of Energy (DOE) before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy. Rao, whose research examines the relationship between energy systems, climate change and human society, discussed the importance of more inclusive and realistic modeling to help formulate policies on climate change.
YSE Class of ‘21
Once a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Peter Berrill '21 PhD set aside the trumpet and forged a path to YSE, where he conducted doctoral research on residential energy systems in the U.S. and their effect on greenhouse gas emissions.
Peter Berrill’s Doctoral Research on Energy Hits the Right Notes
Compostable Packaging Company Wins Startup Yale 2021 PrizeEcoPackables, which sells compostable mailers made from corn starch and PBAT, earned the Yale Center for Business and Environment’s (CBEY) Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, as well as the first ever Yale Innovators’ Prize at Startup Yale 2021.
What is Driving Reductions in Residential Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S.?A study led by PhD student Peter Berrill finds smarter home construction and decarbonization of electric supply are contributing to lower emissions from individual households, but troubling trends show other factors could begin to cancel out this progress.
A New Vantage Point: At Nobel Summit, YSE Professor Karen Seto Explains How Satellites Are Changing How We Understand Human ActivityKaren Seto, Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), spoke at the recent Nobel Prize Summit, a worldwide gathering of Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policy makers, business leaders, and youth leaders.
Forest Fragmentation Research Earns 2021 Bormann PrizeMeghna Krishnadas’ doctoral research into how forest fragmentation alters the underlying mechanisms shaping patterns of tropical tree regeneration and forest diversity was recognized for its novel insight into ecological processes.
YSE Class of ’21
Growing up in Bozeman, Montana Andie Creel MESc ’21 had nature at her doorstep. But she also had an up-close view of how quickly things were changing, with land sold off for development. At YSE, Creel’s research has focused on putting a value on the natural world.
Andie Creel: Putting a Value on Natural Resources
YSE Class of ’21
Cam Humphrey MEM ’21, who has focused his YSE studies on environmental justice, seeks to elevate the voices on the periphery to ensure that environmental policy addresses critical equity issues.
Cam Humphrey Seeks to Elevate Voices on the Periphery in Environmental Policy
YPCCC Director Leiserowitz Ranks No. 2 on Reuters ‘Hot List’ of World’s Most Influential Climate Scientists
YPCCC founder and director Anthony Leiserowitz has been ranked second on Reuters "Hot List," a system of identifying and ranking 1,000 climate scientists from around the world.
New Horizons Conference Highlights Challenges, Emerging Voices, and Reasons for Optimism in Environmental JusticeMore than 880 people attended the conference, which celebrated the work of people of color across the fields of environmentalism and conservation, while also exploring how justice, inequality and environment are connected.
Aquatic Ecosystems Source of Half of Global Methane EmissionsThe global contribution and importance of aquatic ecosystems as methane emitters has been underestimated, says Judith Rosentreter, postdoctoral associate at the Yale School of the Environment.
Proposed Infrastructure Plan Provides Opportunities for Green InnovationsKen Gillingham, associate professor of environmental and energy economics at the Yale School of the Environment, assesses the climate-focused initiatives embedded in Biden Administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure package.
Student Research finds Lack of Transparency, Systemic Discrimination in Food Supply SystemEfforts to help direct institutional food purchasing toward more equitable and sustainable food suppliers can be stymied by a lack of transparency and by discriminatory practices that keep minority-owned farms, small-scale producers and frontline workers at a disadvantage.
Turning Wood Into PlasticA research team, led by YSE professor Yuan Yao and Liangbing Hu from the University of Maryland, has created a high-quality bioplastic from wood byproducts that they hope can solve one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Fossil Fuel Companies Benefit from Inefficient Pricing on Climate and Health ConsequencesFossil fuel producers in the U.S. are directly benefiting from implicit subsidies on the order of $62 billion a year because of inefficient pricing that doesn’t properly account for the costs of damages to the environment, climate, and human health.
The Dirt on Crop InsuranceA new study from YSE researchers investigates the complex world of crop insurance, suggesting a simple adjustment in determining insurance premiums could be beneficial to both farmers and insurers in the face of increased extreme weather events.
Three Yale Students Named Wyss ScholarsLani Chang ’22 MEM, Kyle Lemle ’22 MF and Helia Bidad ’22 JD have been named 2021 Wyss Scholars, a program that supports graduate-level education for the next generation of leaders in western land conservation.
Environmental Politics Expert with a Focus on Forests and Climate to Join YSE FacultyLuke Sanford, whose research examines environmental stewardship from a political science perspective, has been named assistant professor of environmental policy and governance at the Yale School of the Environment beginning July 1.
Karen Seto Spotlighted for Earth Observation ResearchKaren Seto, Yale School of the Environment (YSE) Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography Urbanization, has been named one of 15 leading women in machine learning for Earth observation by Radiant Earth Foundation for her research of global importance.
‘Outstanding Scholar’: The Yale School of the Environment Remembers Mochen LiaoThe Yale community is mourning the loss of Mochen Liao who died March 5. Liao was focusing his studies on understanding and improving the sustainability implications of industrial processes.
Part of the SolutionYale Center for Natural Carbon Capture: Dean Indy Burke Q&A
The Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture will accelerate research across academic disciplines, helping to develop a range of solutions to address climate change. YSE Dean Indy Burke talks about how YSE will be involved in the Center’s work.
Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Teams with BNY Mellon on ESG ResearchThe Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance is partnering with investment bank BNY Mellon to expand research on sustainable investing, ESG metrics, and how sustainability performance affects financial results.
Eleanor Stokes Named Rising Star for Leading Role in Nighttime Satellite Imagery ProjectEleanor Stokes PhD ’18 has been named one of Geospatial World’s 50 Rising Stars for her work on Black Marble, NASA’s first nighttime light dataset, which provides insights on human settlements and the interactions between urban activities and the environment.
The Yale School of the Environment Mourns the Loss of PhD Candidate Mochen LiaoOn Friday night, we received the very sad news that a member of our community, Mochen Liao, had died. Mochen was a first-year doctoral student working with Dr. Yuan Yao.
Yale to Launch Center for Natural Carbon CaptureA $100 million gift from FedEx will help fund the new Center, which will be focused on developing natural solutions for reducing atmospheric carbon. The Center will support and accelerate research across academic disciplines, helping to establish a more sustainable and healthier future for our planet.
YPCCC Helps Facebook Debunk Climate Change MythsThe Yale Program on Climate Change Communication is playing a key role in Facebook’s expanded effort to combat the spread of climate change misinformation on its platform.
Using Landscape Connectivity to Control Deadly Mosquito-Borne VirusesA Yale-led research team has developed a new method for tracking how the deadly yellow fever mosquito moves through the environment, a potentially critical tool for controlling the insect and the diseases it spreads.
New Haven Moms, URI Show the Healing Power of Community ForestryWhen Marlene Miller Pratt lost her son to gun violence, she found solace at Marsh Botanical Gardens. She wanted to extend that healing to others and created with other moms and URI the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence.
Haaland DOI Nomination Provides Opportunities to Advance Environmental JusticeGerald Torres, professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment, weighs in on the nomination of New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland to be the next Department of the Interior Secretary.
He Left His Mark: The Yale School of the Environment Remembers Kevin JiangThe YSE community is mourning the loss of Kevin Jiang, who is remembered fondly for his charisma, his dedication to environmental science, his multitudinous talents, and his unending commitment to helping others.
A Community Vigil to Remember our Dear Colleague and Friend Kevin JiangI write with an update, following our gathering today about the death of Kevin Jiang last night. I so appreciate all of you who were able to attend.
A Terrible Loss for our SchoolI write with a heavy heart to share with you that a member of our community, Kevin Jiang MESc ’21, was fatally shot in New Haven last night. This horrific and tragic incident is under active investigation at this time, and we and the University are working to support his family as much as possible.
Study Finds Americans Went Out More after Face Mask MandatesFace masks mandates have led people to spend less time at home, but whether this has exposed Americans to more risk is still a question, according to a new study published Thursday in Scientific Reports.
A New Foundation for U.S. Forest PolicyRich Guldin, recipient of the Society of American Foresters’ prestigious Sir William Schlich Award, is eager to talk about how forest research can inform smart forest policy.
Study Reveals Gender Imbalance in Scholarly Submissions During PandemicA study of submissions to a major peer-reviewed academic journal conducted by YSE Professor Michelle Bell and postdoctoral associate Kelvin C. Fong revealed a concerning imbalance in submissions by gender.
Connection, Growth and ChangeAlumnus startup looks to reimagine the urban tree lifecycle with “reforestation hubs.”
The Outsider’s AdvantageDr. Dorceta Taylor ’85 MFS, ’91 PhD, who joined the YSE faculty in July as a full professor, on why she was excited to return to Yale and her kinship with the celebrated environmentalist Rachel Carson.
The Power of the ParkLongtime advocates for public parks, four YSE alumni discuss how urban and suburban green spaces have served as sanctuaries during the pandemic — although access to them is not always equitable.
Examining the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Rural American WestThe Rural West Covid Project, led by Justin Farrell, associate professor of sociology at the Yale School of the Environment, aims to close that data gap and provide policymakers and others with new information on rural Westerners’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maggie Thomas Named Chief of Staff of New Office of Domestic Climate PolicyYale School of the Environment alumna Maggie Thomas ’15 MEM, who served on the climate teams of presidential candidates Jay Inslee and Elizabeth Warren, has been named Chief of Staff of the newly created Office of Domestic Climate Policy by President Joe Biden.
Leading at the Local LevelWhile progress in addressing climate change seems to have stalled at the national level in recent years, there are those who are working at the local level to fill the gap. Meet four alumnae who are using the leadership skills they honed at YSE to have a positive impact in their communities, their states, and their regions.
Creating ‘Public Will’ for Climate ActionAnthony Leiserowitz, the 2020 winner of Climate One’s Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Change Communication, weighs in on the ever-growing field of climate change communication and how the Biden administration has a “pathway” to achieve meaningful climate action.
Land and BelongingDoctoral candidate Paul Burow uses an ethnographic approach to understanding the complicated dynamics behind land use in the American West — hoping to translate his observations into a blueprint for effective collaboration that advances the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples.
Five YSE Faculty Members Make ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ ListYSE faculty members Michelle Bell, Mark Bradford, Karen Seto, Peter Raymond and Anthony Leiserowitz were recognized by Clarivate Analytics for their published papers from the past decade being among the most cited in their field.
YSE Student Selected As 2020 Sabin International Environmental FellowBipul Mayank ’21 MEM has been selected as an Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellow, which provides support for tuition and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
Electronic Waste on the Decline, New Study FindsOlder, bulkier electronics are disappearing from the waste stream, with ramifications for the future of e-waste recycling.
Brodersen Receives Generous Gift to Support Research on How We Build More Resilient PlantsYSE Professor Craig Brodersen has received a $2.5 million gift from The Howard and Maryam Newman Family Plant Research Fund, which will support his innovative research and collaborative work on the coordination between plant anatomy and physiology.
Powering paper recycling with fossil fuels hampers climate benefits, researchers sayA recent study published in Nature Sustainability, co-authored by postdoctoral associate Stijn van Ewijk, finds that the full benefits of paper recycling can only be realized if the process is powered by renewable energy.
Bell Elected to the Prestigious National Academy of MedicineMichelle Bell, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at YSE, was elected today to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Ahead of Her TimeAs CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand, Molly Harriss Olson ’85 MES works from many angles to better align economic investments with sustainable development goals. She received YSE’s Distinguished Alumna Award during Reunion Weekend 2020, Oct. 9-11.
Success in an ‘Accidental Profession’A broad science background and some old-fashioned pluck helped Jean Thomson Black ’75 MFS build an impactful career in science publishing, for which she was honored with the School’s Distinguished Service Award at Reunion Weekend 2020.
Researchers Find Increases in Nitrous Oxide Emissions, Outpacing Global PredictionsIn a recent study, a team of researchers — including YSE professor Peter Raymond and postdoctoral fellow Taylor Maavara — show nitrous oxide emissions are increasing at a “devastating” rate, faster than predictions introduced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Reforestation Hubs, ‘Coming Soon’ to a City Near YouCambium Carbon, an initiative founded by YSE students to combat climate change and revitalize urban communities by reimagining the urban tree lifecycle, has earned a $200,000 Natural Climate Solution Accelerator Grant from The Nature Conservancy.
Fellows and Future Environmental LeadersTwo students from the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
A Furious Sky: How Hurricanes Have Shaped American HistoryIn his latest book, “A Furious Sky,” author Eric Jay Dolin ’88 MEM examines how hurricanes have helped to shape American history — and what the nation likely faces in the future.
The Pandemic Has Dramatically Changed Rural Attitudes toward GovernmentA new Yale-led study found that the Covid-19 pandemic may have at least temporarily altered some historical anti-government attitudes that tend to be stronger in rural communities, particularly in the West.
Helping Companies Avoid ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach to Sustainability Solutions
Wherever the Sun Shines: Bringing Solar to Low- and Middle-income CommunitiesA new guidebook based on research by YSE scholars offers a roadmap for installing rooftop solar panels in communities that are often overlooked when it comes to promoting renewable energy solutions.
Paradise Lost or Found?For his new book, “Billionaire Wilderness,” Professor Justin Farrell spent five years in Teton County, Wyoming — the richest county in the U.S. and the one with the greatest income inequality. In an interview, he talks about what he learned about wealth concentration and environmental conservation in this corner of the rapidly changing American West.
‘You Can’t Be a Forester without Understanding Chad’s Work’The idea that forests are dynamic systems — that disturbance is the norm — might seem obvious now. But that's only because it was demonstrated by Professor Chad Olive, one of the many ways the retiring professor has impacted forestry and forest education throughout his 45-year career.
Integrity of PurposeGerald Torres, who joined the Yale School of the Environment faculty in January as a professor of environmental justice, talks about two pivotal events in his career that continue to inform and inspire his work and teaching on environmental and social justice.
The New Forestry is UrbanThe Natural Areas Conservancy, led by Sarah Charlop-Powers ’09 M.E.M., is helping to preserve and restore critical urban forests in New York City and beyond.
The Urban EffectOver the past few decades, it has become increasingly clear that the existence and growth of cities are significantly linked to environmental issues. At the Yale School of the Environment, where a new urban specialization will be added this fall, nearly every member of the faculty is doing something that relates to the urban environment.
Red Lights to Green Lights: Toward an Innovation-Oriented Sustainability StrategyIn the 20th century, environmental policy centered on telling people what not to do. Daniel Esty makes the case that we need to move people away from traditional, top-down regulations and toward a system of incentives that promote innovation and problem solving.
Building Public and Political Will for Climate Change ActionOne important means to achieve meaningful reductions in carbon emissions is government policy, yet there remains a critical lack of ‘political will’ for climate action. One important influence on government leaders is engaged citizens who demand action, says YSE’s Anthony Leiserowitz.
Science as a Foundation for Policy: The Case of FrackingSome research on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public health has yielded unexpected results — including findings that some expected risks have not materialized. The history of fracking offers important lessons on the proper role of science in environmental policy.
Supporting Research in the Tropics During the COVID EraEach year the Tropical Resources Institute sends students across the world to conduct research in the world’s tropical regions. This year, of course, is not like most years.
New Study Examines Whether COVID-19 Virus Has Entered Rivers and StreamsYale researchers are studying whether the COVID-19 virus is present in streams and rivers, a first step to determine if it could then be transmitted through rivers and streams to humans.
Firefighters Battling Wildfires in U.S. West Face a New Threat this Year: COVID-19Wildland firefighters who already face many risks during a typical season are confronted by a new threat this year: COVID-19. In an interview, Yale student James Puerini, who spent five years as a wildland firefighter, discusses why these firefighters are vulnerable to the virus and how government can better protect crews by providing healthcare assurances.
Feasting Wild: Alum’s Debut Book Searches for the ‘Last Untamed Food’In her debut book, “Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food,” Gina Rae La Cerva ’15 M.E.Sc. chronicles our relationship to “wild foods” by tracing the shift in America from foraging and hunting to wild foods becoming expensive luxuries.
Decline in Green Energy Spending Might Offset COVID-Era Emissions BenefitsResearchers have documented short-term environmental benefits during the COVID-19-related lockdown, but that silver lining could be far outweighed by a long-term decline in clean energy investments, a new Yale-led study finds.
Decarbonization Propels Countries to Top Sustainability Rankings in 2020 EPI IndexDenmark emerges at the top of the 2020 Environmental Performance Index, according to researchers at Yale and Columbia universities who produce this biennial scorecard of national results on a range of sustainability issues.
Dorceta Taylor, Preeminent Environmental Justice Scholar, to Join the F&ES FacultyDorceta Taylor ’85 M.F.S., ’91 Ph.D., one of the nation’s preeminent scholars in the field of environmental justice, has been named full professor at the Yale School of the Environment.
What Does Sustainability Look Like? New Global Scorecard Will Offer a GlimpseOn June 4, the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) will issue its 12th biennial ranking of 180 countries on how they are performing in terms of environmental health and ecosystem vitality. In an interview, Dan Esty discusses how over the past two decades the EPI has offered a roadmap for sustainability policy.
Hybrid Vigor: Forest School Builds on Historic Strengths — and Creates New OpportunitiesOn July 1, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will be known as the Yale School of the Environment. Simultaneously, we will establish The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment in recognition of the ongoing importance of forestry. The new Forest School builds upon Yale’s traditional strength — and creates exciting new opportunities.
Rising Star in Industrial Ecology
Yuan Yao, whose research examines the environmental and economic impacts of emerging technologies and industrial processes, has been named assistant professor of industrial ecology and sustainable systems at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Joins F&ES Faculty
Public Concern About Climate Change Remains at Record HighCOVID-19, mass unemployment, and a lack of news coverage have not caused the issue of climate change to fall out of public consciousness, according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
For 2020 Grad, Environmentalism Offers Path to Social JusticeWhile a student at F&ES, Regina Harlig ’20 M.E.M. focused her research on the influence of wealth on the field of conservation, barriers to equitable distribution of trees in urban areas, and the environmental impacts of housing segregation.
‘The more you put into the Yale experience, the more you get out’Quite by design, Robert Little ’20 M.E.M. got the most out of his time at F&ES.
Unstoppable RiversBhutan’s quest for energy security and development may be making the country more vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather expected as a result of climate change.
Forest Research in the Congo Basin
Peter Umunay’s research, which explores ways to find a balance between conservation and economic development in the Congo Basin, earned him the 2020 F. Herbert Bormann Prize, an award that honors an F&ES doctoral student whose work best exemplifies the legacy of the late Yale professor.
Earns the 2020 Bormann Prize
‘This is Not a Normal Year’: Finding
With nearly every sector worldwide affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Kevin Doyle offers advice for students looking to enter the job market at a difficult time and shares advice from alumni who launched their careers a decade ago during another time of economic crisis.
A Job in Difficult Economic Times
Wyss Scholars Program Supports Land Conservation in the American WestThree Yale students have been named 2020 Wyss Scholars, a program that supports graduate-level education for the next generation of leaders in western land conservation.
Forum on Religion and Ecology Launches Partnership with UN Environment ProgrammeA new partnership between the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and the UNEP’s “Faith for Earth” initiative will highlight the moral and practical contributions of the world’s religions to addressing the planet’s mounting environmental challenges.
When Disaster Strikes Locally, Urban Networks Spread the Damage GloballyDisasters that occur in one place can trigger costs in cities across the world due to the interconnectedness of the global urban trade network. In fact, these secondary impacts can be three times greater than the local impacts, a Yale study finds.
Ride On: Rock to Rock Goes VirtualThe annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride — which has raised more than $1 million for environmental groups such as the F&ES-based Urban Resources Initiative (URI) over the past decade — will go virtual this year due to social distancing requirements. URI’s Anna Pickett, a longtime organizer of the event, explains what that means.
If People Grasped the Full Cost of Cars, They Might Make Greener ChoicesA new paper co-authored by Yale economist Kenneth Gillingham finds that consumers significantly underestimate the total cost of car ownership. If they fully grasped the full costs, the paper reports, they would be likely to switch to cleaner transportation alternatives.
Fenichel Appointed to Knobloch Family ProfessorshipEli Fenichel has been named the Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics, a position endowed by the late Yale alumnus and conservationist Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. ’51.
Earth Day at 50: An Interview with John Kerry
Will Politicization of COVID-19 Crisis Erode National Consensus On Response?A new survey on public perceptions of the COVID-19 crisis found a national consensus that protecting public health should come ahead of opening the economy. But that dynamic could change quickly as the issue — like climate change — becomes increasingly politicized, Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, says in an interview.
As ‘Ultra Wealthy’ Seek Shelter in Quiet Western Town, Deeper Tensions Laid BareIn his new book, “Billionaire Wilderness,” Justin Farrell explores a growing tension in Teton County, Wyoming, as the ultra-wealthy buy up huge swaths of land. These tensions have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, he writes this week in The New York Times.
New Values: Online Yale Summit to Explore Shift in Corporate SustainabilityOn Wednesday, the CEOs of seven leading organizations will join the online Yale Business Sustainability Summit to discuss the role of corporations in achieving a more sustainable future. In advance of the event, we talked with Daniel Esty, professor of environmental law and policy at Yale and co-organizer of the event, about how the role of business has changed over the past five decades.
EPA Rollback of Mercury Rule Relies on Flawed Analysis, Yale Economist AssertsAn attempt by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to roll back federal limits on mercury emissions ignores important public health benefits, an economist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies writes in a new paper. And it could set a dangerous precedent.
Spring Comes to Yale-Myers ForestWhile the coronavirus crisis has kept many F&ES students and researchers away from Yale-Myers Forest this spring, Joseph Orefice ’09 M.F., a lecturer and director of forest and agricultural operations at F&ES, takes you there in a series of videos.
The Benefits and Tradeoffs of Social DistancingFor more than a decade Eli Fenichel has studied the benefits and challenges of using social distancing in the face of an epidemic. In an interview, he discusses what that research revealed, how it is applicable to the current global crisis, and how the COVID-19 threat might strengthen future research and response to other global threats.
Improving Innovation: Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Emerging Technology
How can we anticipate and design out environmental impacts of new technologies when they are at an early stage of development? A new issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology presents cutting-edge research on the environmental assessment of emerging technologies.
Yale F&ES to Become the
The School also will establish “The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment” in recognition of the foundational importance of its forestry program.
Yale School of the Environment
Frequently Asked Questions About the Name ChangeThis is a historic moment for the School and these questions and answers offer clarity and context for this important decision.
Energy Choices Can Be Contagious – But Why? New Insights Into Peer InfluenceA growing body of research shows that the behavior of peers has a significant influence on an individual’s energy-related decisions, whether it’s choosing to install solar panels or to purchase a hybrid vehicle. In short, personal energy choices can be contagious.
Seeking Better Guidelines for Inventorying Greenhouse Gas EmissionsThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) uses guidelines that countries use to inventory greenhouse gas emissions — guidelines that F&ES researchers state in a newly published paper are "woefully out of date."
Can Wood Construction Transform Cities From Carbon Source to Carbon Vault?A new Yale study predicts that a transition to timber-based wood products in the construction of new housing, buildings, and infrastructure would not only offset enormous amounts of carbon emissions related to concrete and steel production — it could turn the world's cities into a vast carbon sink.
Alumna Receives Yale’s Highest
Dorceta Taylor ’85 M.F.S., ’91 Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading environmental justice scholars and activists, was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the highest honor Yale Graduate School bestows on its alumni.
Principles for a Green Chemistry FutureA team led by researchers from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies recently authored a paper featured in Science that outlines how green chemistry is essential for a sustainable future.
A Decent Living, A Livable PlanetNarasimha Rao has spent much of his career showing that poverty in the developing world can be eradicated without making climate change worse. Now he wants those insights to be translated into real policy.
A Campus for the 21st Century: Online
Two new online certificate programs — on tropical forest landscapes and renewable energy, respectively — have made F&ES expertise available beyond the university’s New Haven campus. Working professionals from a range of sectors — and 34 countries — are already taking advantage.
Programs Open Yale Expertise to the World
Welcome to PerspectivesTo solve “wicked problems,” a group of Yale students is learning how to think differently in a unique new course.
Pedal PowerA group of Yale professors are using bicycles to measure heat stress in New Haven.
Professional SymbiosisOver the past three decades Marian Chertow has advanced the growing field of industrial ecology across the world — and inspired generations of Yale students to assert themselves as leaders of the field.
Where the Bears WereFor much of her career, Rae Wynn-Grant has studied bears in the mountains of Nevada. But a new opportunity has sent her into the prairies of northeastern Montana, where these iconic animals were once common — and where a nonprofit now wants them to return.
In Defense of the PredatorHow wolves killing moose in Canada's boreal forest are helping in the battle against climate change.
Sustainability Summit Tackles ‘Unprecedented’ Biodiversity CrisisEnvironmental experts, alumni, and students confronted the issue of biodiversity at the Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit, which reached a new level of importance at this year’s United Nations climate conference.
Global Urban Growth Typified
An F&ES analysis of 478 cities with populations of more than 1 million people finds that urban growth across the world is predominantly moving outward rather than upward, a trend that is generally considered inefficient and unsustainable.
By Suburbs, Not Skyscrapers
Yale-Led Study Cited by U.N. Shows Lack of Funding for Climate Change in Disaster ReliefIn its annual Global Humanitarian Overview, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs cited a Yale-led study that showed a lack of funding for disaster relief related to climate change.
Capital Costs: Yale Research Offers Truer Calculation of ‘Footprint’ of PurchasesResearchers at Yale have created a model that enables more accurate calculations of the environmental footprints associated with a range of industrial processes — and the products and services we purchase.
Environmental Justice Conference
The day-long Global Environmental Justice Conference brought emerging scholars from around the world and from across disciplines to discuss how scholarship, social justice, and environmental management can be effectively integrated.
Brings Emerging Scholars to F&ES
At COP25, Students Will Help Forge
More than 40 members of the Yale community, including 38 students from F&ES, will be in Madrid next month for COP25, the annual “conference of the parties” hosted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Solutions to Global Climate Challenge
Adelaide Hixon, Founder of Yale’s
The innovative Hixon Center is an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, students, and practitioners to conduct research, teaching, and outreach to improve understanding and management of urban environmental systems.
Urban Ecology Center, Dies at 101
Gerald Torres, a Pioneering Scholar in
Gerald Torres, an acclaimed global scholar of environmental law, critical race theory, and federal Indian law, has been named full professor of environmental justice at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).
Field of Environmental Justice, Joins F&ES
Should Scientists Change How They View (and Study) Same Sex Behavior in Animals?In a new article, researchers from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies argue these behaviors may actually have been part of the original, ancestral condition in animals and have persisted because they have few — if any — costs and perhaps some important benefits.
How Much Energy Do We Really Need?Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, but achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research by Narasimha Rao of F&ES provides insights into these tradeoffs — including the tools needed to relate basic needs directly to resource use.
For Some Urban Areas, Warming
Urban expansion will cause the average summer temperature in these areas to increase about 0.5 to 0.6 degrees C by midcentury — but up to 3 degrees C in some locations, according to a new F&ES study.
Climate is Only Half the Threat
Finding Common Ground for Scientists and Policymakers on Soil Carbon and Climate ChangeIn an opinion published in Nature Sustainability, a group of scientists argue that public debate about the role of soil carbon in battling climate change is undermining the potential for policymakers to implement policies that build soil carbon for other environmental and agricultural benefits.
Yale Conservationist Honored for Strides
Over several years in Rwanda, Bill Weber developed a conservation strategy that has strengthened mountain gorilla populations by putting local people at the center of the effort. Weber, who has applied these principles in regions worldwide, was recently nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.
In Human-Centered Wildlife Protection
How a Marine Monument in the Atlantic
The first and only national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument, has been protected for three years under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Advocates for its designation and community members recently gathered at F&ES to commemorate the unique importance of this marine monument.
Became an ‘Anchor’ for Ocean Protection
Easley Receives Leadership Award
Thomas Easley, the assistant dean of community and inclusion at F&ES will receive the Diversity Leadership Award from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) during its annual meeting.
From the Society of American Foresters
Farrell Testifies Before U.S. Lawmakers on
In testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, F&ES Prof. Justin Farrell described a decades-old “well-coordinated and well-funded” movement intended to deceive the American people about the reality of climate change.
Dark Money and Climate Misinformation
To Tackle Environmental Threats, New
Effective strategies to confront the vast environmental threats facing the planet require a new way of talking about these challenges — and who is invited to the conversation — panelists said last week during an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Yale Environmental Dialogue.
Thinking — and More Voices — Needed
A Better Planet: New Book Offers
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week released a book, “A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future,” in which dozens of experts share their suggestions for tackling global environmental challenges.
Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future
Mid-Career Student Wins Straubel Leadership AwardNeil Yeoh ’20 M.E.M. has been named one of the 2019 recipients of the Straubel Leadership Award, which recognizes achievement and leadership potential in young scholars in sustainability and the sciences.
How Aerosols Affect our ClimateGreenhouse gases may get more attention, but aerosols — from car exhaust to volcanic eruptions — also have a major impact on the Earth’s climate. Using a massive NASA dataset, Yale researchers have created a framework that helps explain just how sensitive local temperatures are to aerosols.
Using Real-World Experience
Carmen Guerrero Pérez ’10 M.E.M., director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, will receive the 2019 Prospect Street Award for her years of work in environmental conservation and community engagement in Puerto Rico.
To Tackle Real-World Complexity
Capitalizing on OpportunityAs an F&ES student, Jim Lyons ’79 M.F. was advised to branch out and take classes that didn’t focus on just forestry. After 40 years in education, conservation, and politics, the Distinguished Alumni Award winner reflects on how important that advice has been for his career.
Of Parks and PeopleRose Harvey ’84 M.E.S. believes that access to nature is a fundamental human right. As commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, she took it upon herself to deliver that access, especially to communities that need it the most.
IUFRO Names an F&ES Alumnus,
John Parrotta ’83 M.S. ’83 For, ’84 M.Phil, ’88 Ph.D., who serves as national research program leader for international science issues with the U.S. Forest Service, this week was named president of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
John Parrotta, as Its Next President
A Native Alaskan Campaigns to
Verner Wilson's family has fished the waters of Bristol Bay, in southwestern Alaska, for thousands of years. Now the F&ES alum is working to protect the bay from what he calls the greatest threat it has ever faced: the proposed Pebble Mine.
Protect Bristol Bay, and A Way of Life
Teach-In at Yale: The Amazon is Burning, so What Can Be Done?As part of last week's Global Climate Strike, a group of F&ES students hosted a 'teach-in' about the ongoing wildfire crisis in the Amazon rainforest, identifying policies and actors that are contributing to the problem and ways that members of the Yale community can respond.
YED Explores ‘Big Ideas’ as Kickoff
The Yale Environmental Dialogue, an F&ES-based initiative that aims to add new energy to the national conversation about environmental issues, hosted an event at the Yale Club of New York to kick off Climate Week NYC.
To Climate Week in New York City
Yale Investments Director Shifts Focus
To Developing Climate Solutions
Dean Takahashi, the longtime senior director of the Yale Investments Office, will spearhead a new multidisciplinary Yale laboratory, based at F&E, which will develop and support innovative solutions to the challenge of climate change.
F&ES Student Named Switzer FellowMargaret Tallmadge ’20 M.E.M. has been named a recipient of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
The Class of 2021 is Ready to Forge a New PathThe Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week welcomed the 127 new students of the Class of 2021.
Chertow Awarded Society Prize for Impacts on Field of Industrial EcologyMarian Chertow, associate professor of industrial environmental management at F&ES, has received the International Society for Industrial Ecology’s Society Prize, awarded for “outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology.”
Study to Examine Human-Robot Collaboration to Reduce Recycling ‘Bottleneck’During a four-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation, researchers will examine whether a collaboration between humans and robots can improve the efficiency and profitability of the world’s threatened recycling sector.
Will Marshland Keep up With Rising Seas? Study Finds Clues in the SedimentA new Yale-led study describes a novel methodology that tracks the inland movement of marshland by analyzing for microscopic fossils in the sediment, a process that might provide important insights into the future of these vulnerable coastal ecosystems.
A Digital Roadmap for Working with Forest LandownersA new guide published by the Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) program will help natural resources professionals better engage family landowners in conservation and responsible land stewardship.
F&ES Graduate Honored with
Nedal Nassar ’11 M.E.Sc., ’14 M.Phil., ’15 Ph.D. was recently named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Presidential Early Career Award
Bogle Named Assistant Dean for Student AffairsThe Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies recently named Sean Bogle the new assistant dean for student affairs.
Recent Doctoral Grad Honored
Noah Sokol ’18 Ph.D. has received the Truog Soil Science Outstanding Dissertation Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding contributions to soil science.
For Contributions to Soil Science
Lewis Cullman, Philanthropist
Lewis Cullman ’41 B.A. funded a fellowship that provided opportunities for students to earn a joint doctoral degree with F&ES and the New York Botanical Garden.
And Businessman, Dies at 100
Yale-based Tropical Forestry
The Yale-based Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI) this week kicks off its first online certificate program for professionals working on tropical forest landscapes.
Online Certificate Program Launched
Water Scarcity and Inflexible Demand
A new analysis of global water usage, co-authored by Yale’s Julie Zimmerman, builds on existing research on where carbon is embedded in the global energy infrastructure.
Puts World’s River Basins at Risk
Tucker and Grim Win Lifetime Achievement Award for Pioneering Impacts on Their Field
Keeping It in the FamilyExisting laws pertaining to land ownership often leave American families vulnerable to property loss, depriving future generations of their rightful inheritance. Tes Myrie ’19 M.F. is trying to change that.
Parting Thoughts from an F&ES FavoriteFor more than a decade, Joanne DeBernardo has been the first face students see when they walk into Kroon Hall. On the cusp of retirement, the outgoing assistant dean of student services discusses her impactful career and shared some advice for the F&ES community.
F&ES Grad Receives Major Yale Award During University CommencementLuisa Cortesi ’18 Ph.D., who completed a joint degree in environmental studies and anthropology last year, received the Theron Rockwell Field Prize during the 2019 Yale commencement.
In Uncertain Times, Grads Urged to
The 157 members of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies' Class of 2019 received their diplomas today during the university's annual Commencement Day.
Own Their Expertise, Embrace Struggle
Podcast Examines the
"The Heartwood Podcast," hosted by Thomas Easley, formerly the assistant dean of community and inclusion at YSE, examines the intersection of environmental issues and diversity.
Nexus of Environment and Diversity
Two F&ES-ers Honored by NSF
Two F&ES students have been honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines.
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
EJAY, Joanne DeBernardo Honored with 2019 Kroon CupEnvironmental Justice (EJAY), a student interest group that promotes environmental justice scholarship and activism on campus, and Assistant Dean of Student Services Joanne DeBernardo were recently awarded the 2019 Kroon Cup by the F&ES community.
Six F&ES Students Selected as
Six F&ES graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
2019 Sabin International Fellows
Seto Receives National Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing ResearchKaren Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), this month received the Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing Research award from the American Association of Geographers.
Research on Fracking Impacts Wins 2019 Bormann PrizeGiven rare access to a hydraulic fracturing well site in Pennsylvania, an F&ES doctoral student revealed a surprising finding about the impacts of fracking on groundwater — research that earned her the 2019 F. Herbert Bormann Prize
Yale Team Nabs Second Straight
A team of Yale students last week won the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) competition, a pitch-off featuring students from business schools around the globe.
Global Entrepreneurship Contest Win
How Inland Waters ‘Breathe’ Carbon
A new Yale study reveals important insights into the factors that influence the release of greenhouse gases from rivers and streams, including a key relationship between storm events, ecology, and topography in moderating this release.
– And What it Means for Global Systems
‘Green Careers, Women Leaders’ Introduces Local Students to Environmental PathwaysA group of students from F&ES this month welcomed 20 young women from nine local high schools and the homeschooling community in Connecticut for the seventh annual Green Careers, Women Leaders event.
Comita Receives NSF CAREER Award for
Liza Comita, an assistant professor of tropical forest ecology at F&ES, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will support her research into the factors that shape the rich and persistent biological diversity in the world’s tropical forests.
Research on Diversity of Tropical Forests
Sabin Prize Winner Engineer Plastic-Alternative Products to Fight Pollution and Reduce Carbon EmissionsA student-led startup that has engineered an Eco Rain Poncho made of a sugar-based bioplastic was awarded the 2019 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, presented by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
Mark Ashton Honored by New England Society of American ForestersMark Ashton ’85 M.F., ’90 Ph.D., the Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, was named the sixth recipient of the 2019 David M. Smith Award by the New England Society of American Foresters at the group’s winter meeting in March. The
2019 Research Conference Showcases Scholarship of F&ES Students, PostdocsMore than 60 students and postdoctoral associates will share their innovative and cutting-edge research during the 35th annual F&ES Research Conference on April 11-12.
Dean Indy Burke Named 2019
Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, a professor of ecosystem ecology and dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), has been named a 2019 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for her contributions to the field of ecology.
Ecological Society of America Fellow
The Complicated Future of
In recent years the U.S. Department of Energy laid out an ambitious plan to grow the U.S. offshore wind sector. In a new paper, Yale researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems.
Offshore Wind Power in the U.S.
Student-Run Environmental Film
The 11th annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale — a showcase of cutting-edge films about the world’s most important environmental and social issues — begins this Wednesday, April 3, across New Haven and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Festival at Yale Kicks Off This Week
For F&ES Scholars, Africa Trip Offers
During a recent trip to a research center in central Kenya, three F&ES faculty members — including Dean Indy Burke — discovered the potential for long-term collaboration that could re-shape the experience for the next generation of F&ES students and scholars.
Glimpse of Partnership Opportunities
Wyss Scholars Program Supports Future
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that supports land conservation in the American West, has selected three Yale students as 2019 Wyss Scholars.
Western Conservation Leaders at Yale
Landmark Report Finds Urban Natural
Researchers at F&ES have partnered with the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land on a first-of-its-kind report on how U.S. cities manage urban natural forests — critical greenspaces that they found are frequently lacking the proper resources.
Forests Require Greater Management
Fishing for Fun, Not Food: Paper Takes
A new paper co-led by Yale economist Eli Fenichel argues that decision-makers and fishing organizations must recognize the growing role of recreational fishing and the potential pressures it places on fish stocks.
Stock of Recreational Fishing Impacts
Grist List of 50 Environmental ‘Fixers’ Features Three Alums from Yale F&ESThe new Grist list of 50 young leaders who are doing potentially “game-changing” sustainability work includes three graduates of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
‘Specialized’ Microbes Within Plant Species Promote Diversity, Study FindsA Yale-led research team conducted an experiment that suggests microbes can specialize within plant species, which can promote plant species diversity and increased seed dispersal.
Break It Down: Composting
Thanks to a waste audit performed by the F&ES Environmental Stewardship Committee, five compost bins have been placed within the school’s Kroon Hall.
Introduced to Kroon Hall
Climate Change in Connecticut’s ‘Quiet Corner’The F&ES-based Quiet Corner Initiative’s first-ever winter seminar brought the impacts of a warming world to northeastern Connecticut
As Experts Examine Tropical Change,
During the 25th annual conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters, calligrapher Heather Leavitt Martinez captured each session’s dynamic, interweaving themes as they unfolded. View a gallery.
An Artist Creates a Living Document
Yale Environmental Dialogue Inspires
In a workshop hosted by the Yale Environmental Dialogue, dozens of leaders from across many professional sectors gathered to share their big ideas for tackling global environmental challenges.
‘Big Ideas’ in Response to Global Challenges
Effective Dialogue in Forests Landscapes:
A decade ago, the Forests Dialogue, an F&ES-based initiative that promotes dialogue between stakeholders in forest regions, ventured into a region of northwest Russia. In the years since, the Komi Dialogue has developed into an ongoing, multi-stakeholder platform that has served as a powerful convening tool.
Ten Years of Experience in Komi, Russia
Student-led Symposium Addresses
At the 3rd Yale Symposium on Chinese Overseas Investment Impacts, a diverse range of speakers, from academic scholars to policy practicioners, sparked a dialogue about the challenges and opportunities behind “greening” China’s landmark Belt and Road Initiative.
‘Greening’ China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Bell, Lauenroth Elected to Connecticut
Michelle Bell, a professor of environmental health at F&ES, and William Lauenroth, a drylands ecologist and professor in the practice at F&ES, have been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Academy of Science and Engineering
Video: Microsoft Helps Yale-Launched
While he was a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), Zach Parisa ’09 M.F.S. developed a technology that uses satellite data to determine the size and species of trees in forests.
Business Map the Future of U.S. Forests
Rwanda Had Different Plans: Yale
Partners with Environmental ‘Rising Star’
Rwanda has become a global leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. A new reciprocal partnership between Yale and the African nation will create opportunities for collaborative teaching and research, foster an exchange of resources, and allow Yale students to study, intern, and conduct research in Rwanda.
Can We Make a More Sustainable Burger?
A new Yale initiative, Plant-based And, encourages students from across campus to explore the intersections of food, sustainability, and social impact — with an emphasis on the role of student startups.
Exploring the Nexus of Food and Social Impact
Common Policy Premise on Link Between
While many policy initiatives assume that increasing “soil organic matter” will improve soil health, there’s surprisingly little evidence that this strategy will actually improve crop output. A new paper by Yale scientists affirms that this strategy will improve yields — up to a point.
Soil and Crop Yield is Valid – to a Point
Research Reveals Strategies for
Nowhere has the impact of scientific misinformation been more profound than on the issue of climate change, where a well-funded network has coalesced around the goal of undercutting the legitimacy of climate science. But as a new paper illustrates, an emerging field of research is providing new insights into this critical dynamic.
Combating Science Misinformation
Outgoing Connecticut DEEP
Robert Klee, who spent nearly a decade in the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) — becoming commissioner in 2015 — this semester will return to F&ES, where he earned his master's degree and Ph.D.
Commissioner Comes Back to F&ES
One F&ES Alum Succeeds Another
Erik Kulleseid ’94 M.F. has been appointed commissioner of the New York State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Reservation, replacing Rose Harvey ’84 M.E.S.
As New York State Parks Commissioner
Yale Economist on Flaws, Big and Small,
In an interview, Kenneth Gillingham, a Yale economist and co-author of a new Science paper on the Trump administration's proposed fuel economy rollbacks, describes some of the flaws with the plan — and what it would take to pass fuel efficiency standards that are grounded in sound economic theory.
In Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback Plan
Students Honored for Leadership
Two students from F&ES — Andy Lee ’19 M.E.Sc. and Kimi Zamuda ’19 M.E.Sc. — have been awarded the 2018 MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship for Leadership in Conservation Science.
in Conservation and Wildlife Science
New Environmental Ethics: 20 Years of
As the F&ES-based Forum on Religion and Ecology celebrates 20 years, we sit down with co-founder Mary Evelyn Tucker, who describes the growing global awareness of the relationship between the world’s religious and spiritual traditions and it can help humankind solve its environmental challenges.
The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
Looking for Balance Between
As the African continent continues to modernize in the coming decades, striking a balance between development and conservation will be paramount. Helen Gichohi, this year’s McCluskey Visiting Fellow in Conservation, is at F&ES this semester to further her research on possible threats to the environment such rapid development could pose.
Conservation and Development in Africa
New Yale Online Certificate Programs
In 2019, two centers based at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will introduce new online certificate programs that allow emerging professionals in countries across the world to access Yale’s faculty, training materials, and networks.
Target Emerging Professionals Worldwide
Climate Players: Animals Can Swing
A new Yale-led paper asserts that wild animals play a key role in mediating a landscape’s capacity to store carbon, exerting an influence that the authors say must be considered in developing any carbon-cycle models.
A Landscape’s Capacity to Store Carbon
Missing the Forest for the Trees: NYC Forest Inventory Paints Unexpected PictureThere are still forests in New York City, and we’re not talking about Central Park. A surprising new study led by Yale researchers reveals that the natural forested areas of America’s largest city are largely native, healthy, and productive.
New Algorithm Provides a More
Urban areas are warmer than the adjacent undeveloped land, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. A new interactive map developed by Yale researchers gives us the most detailed look yet at these “urban heat islands” across the world.
Detailed Look at Urban Heat Islands
Yale Environmental Dialogue Aims to
The Yale Environmental Dialogue, an F&ES initiative that aims to inject new energy and fresh thinking into the national conversation about sustainability related issues, recently hosted the first in a series of national events.
Inform Public Debate and Policy
Three F&ES Faculty Make ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ ListProfessors Michelle Bell, Mark Bradford, and Karen Seto were three of 6,000 researchers worldwide to be recognized by Clarivate Analytics for their published papers from the past decade being among the most cited in their field.
F&ES Student Talk Honored at American Anthropological Association MeetingYufang Gao, a Ph.D. student in the combined program between F&ES and the Yale Department of Anthropology, received a “best presentation” prize during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association held recently in San Jose, Calif.
The Judge and the Frog: Student
Dual-degree student Katie Bleau ’20 M.E.M. was at the United States Supreme Court on one of the more important moments in its recent history — but not for the reason you think. She tells the story of her role in an important endangered species case on a memorable day in Washington.
Takes Expertise to Supreme Court
Preparing for a Global Stage:
More than 40 people from Yale will travel to Katowice, Poland for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP 24, including several F&ES students who have trained for climate negotiations.
Dozens from Yale at COP 24
‘Raise Green’ Wants to Help Small-scale
A new social venture launched by recent F&ES graduates aims to help everyday investors support projects that are tackling the climate challenge — from solar installations to electric vehicle-charging stations — while also strengthening their local communities.
Investors be Part of the Climate Solution
‘Let the Rodent Do the Work’:
Author Ben Goldfarb ’13 M.E.M. says the near eradication of the once ubiquitous North American beaver had a profound impact on the continent’s landscapes and ecosystems. Now, he says, restoration of beaver populations can help humankind fight drought, improve water quality — even address climate change.
Reflections of a Beaver Believer
Editing Nature: A Call for Careful
For all the promise of gene editing technologies, there remain profound concerns about the potential unintended consequences of releasing gene-edited organisms into the environment. In Science, a Yale-led team argues for new global governance to assure a neutral and informed evaluation of these benefits and risks.
Oversight of Environmental Gene Editing
‘Cryptic’ Interactions Drive Biodiversity
The fragmentation of tropical forests weakens the effects of the ”natural enemies” of some tree species, reducing their ability to maintain biodiversity, a new Yale-led study found.
Decline Near the Edge of Forest Fragments
Want to Nudge Others to Install Solar?
A new study confirms that when it comes to convincing consumers to install solar panels, one factor stands out above all others: whether the individuals advocating this choice practice what they preach.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
When it Comes to Smartphone Lifespan,
The environmental costs of smartphones are often exacerbated by the relatively short lifespans of these globally ubiquitous devices. When it comes to extending the lifespan of these products, brand name might be more important than repairability, a Yale-led study finds.
Brand Name Matters More than Hardware
F&ES Scientist Contributes to Alarming
Professor Edgar Hertwich contributed to a major report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which predicts that crisis-level drought, food shortages, and coastal erosion could happen within the next 20 years.
IPCC Report on Looming Climate Costs
From Research to Carbon Charge, Nobel Prize Winner Has Deep Influence at F&ESThis week William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale, won the Nobel Prize. At the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he holds a secondary appointment, his research and teaching have influenced and inspired generations of scholars.
‘A Chance to Re-create the World’: Former
While it might be natural to feel despair about the threat of climate change, a champion for global climate action advised against it during a recent Yale visit. Instead, Christiana Figueres recommended a feeling of awe and gratitude for the historic opportunity to shape humanity’s collective future.
UN Climate Leader Offers Words of Hope
At F&ES, Rwanda Official Makes Case for
During a visit to F&ES, the Rwandan Minister of Environment said a strengthened Montreal Protocol reflects the importance of a close relationship between policymakers and scientists.
Stronger Policy-Academic Partnership
Alum Introduces New Yorkers to
The city of New York contains more than 20,000 acres of forests and wetlands, a fact that even many New Yorkers might not realize. Sarah Charlop-Powers ’09 M.E.M. is trying to change that: her nonprofit is working to restore and conserve these natural spaces — and to get more city residents outdoors.
The Forest in Their Own Backyard
Eleanor Sterling Recognized With
Conservationist Eleanor Sterling ’83 B.A., ’93 Ph.D., chief scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation,has spent her illustrious career combining biological conservation, research, and education.
F&ES Distinguished Alumni Award
The Value of Nature: Changing the
Early in his career, Michael Jenkins ’88 M.F. came to realize that traditional conservation methods would have limited effectiveness until they put a proper value on the natural world. Over the past two decades Jenkins, the CEO and founder of Forest Trends, has helped change the equation.
Equation on Global Conservation
Promoting a New Conversation on
During a recent event, hosted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, journalists from The New York Times Magazine described the urgent need for a new, more effective conversation around climate change — a moral story, focused on humans, that currently isn’t being told.
Climate Change: The Human Story
Selling the FarmJoe Orefice ’09 M.F. gave up his farm, an endowed position at Cornell, and the verdant Adirondack Mountains to oversee Yale’s forests. Why? There are a few reasons.
Land Justice: Forester Untangles the
At the first Yale Forest Forum, a veteran forester discussed the legal and econmic challenges of so-called “heirs’ property,” a phenomenon common in the U.S. South in which the title to land remains in the name of a person even after they have die — while the land rights are passed down, informally, from one generation to the next.
Thorny Challenges of ‘Heirs Property’
Four F&ES Students Named Kerry FellowsThe Kerry Initiative has named 17 Yale students, including four from F&ES, as Kerry Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.
New Haven Promise Inspires New
For Johnae McArthur, an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut and one of five New Haven Promise interns at F&ES this past summer, the experience was more than just a crash course in biogeochemistry or a chance to explore the woods near her hometown. It also set her on a new career path.
‘Champions’ for the Environment
Where Does Our Trash Go? Study Picks
New Yale research provides an insightful new measurement of just what is found in the more than 200 million tons of waste discarded each year in the U.S.
Through Pieces — and Value — of Waste
‘Thoughtful, Ambitious’ Class of 2020
F&ES Dean Indy Burke addressed the incoming Class of 2020 on Monday, imploring them to use their knowledge and passion to create positive change within the Yale community and throughout environmental disciplines.
Welcomed to F&ES Community
Energy, Identity, and Rural America:
Justin Farrell, an assistant professor of sociology at F&ES, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will support his research on how a long-term shift in the U.S. energy sector is changing the nation’s rural communities.
Research Earns Farrell NSF Career Award
Ecological Classroom: Connecting With
An “urban parklet” designed by an F&ES student in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood has converted a series of parking spaces into a public “ecological classroom,” connecting the neighborhood with urban nature in a whole new way.
Nature at New Haven’s ‘Urban Parklet’
Why are Tropical Forests so Diverse? New
A new Yale study affirms a long-held hypothesis that the presence of specialized ‘natural enemies’ promotes tropical biodiversity. Except when it doesn‛t.
Study Examines Role of ‘Natural Enemies’
Narasimha Rao, Global Energy Scholar, Named Assistant Professor of Energy SystemsNarasimha Rao, whose research examines the relationship between energy systems, climate change, and human society, has been appointed asssitant professor of energy systems analysis at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
RFF Awards Yale Collaboration Examining
An interdisciplinary collaboration between two professors from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies that aims to define the “value” of satellite-based earth observations has received a $100,000 award from Resources for the Future (RFF).
the ‘Value’ of Remote Sensing in Himalaya
Community Stormwater Partnership Receives National Environmental AwardA community partnership including the Yale-based Urban Resources Initiative (URI) that has helped the city of New Haven tackle the challenge of stormwater runoff has received a prestigious award from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Where are F&ES Students Working
The 152 students who have already completed at least one academic year at F&ES are spending their summers in 34 countries and in states across the U.S., completing internships or conducting their own independent research.
This Summer? Just About Everywhere
Drought and Tree Mortality: Science
New research on the inner workings of trees and plants is providing clarity on just how vulnerable these living organisms are to the effects of climate change. In an interview, Craig Brodersen, a pioneer in this emerging field, describes how a warmer — and drier — climate threatens the world’s trees and forests.
Reveals Harsh Future for World’s Forests
Three F&ESers Named Switzer FellowsThree F&ES students have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Methane Changes in Groundwater Unrelated to Gas Drilling and Fracking, Study FindsA new study — which monitored groundwater before, during, and after drilling operations within the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania — found that groundwater methane concentrations vary over time and that these variations are likely unrelated to shale gas development.
‘Hip hop and forestry: That’ll save the world’In a new video, produced by the Dogwood Alliance, Thomas Easley, assistant dean of community and inclusion at F&ES, describes the restorative and healing powers of hip hop and the natural world.
Two F&ES-led Teams Receive Leitner
F&ES this week announced the winners of the first Leitner Awards for Uncommon Environmental Collaborations, a grant fund that promotes collaborations for environmental teaching and research across the Yale campus.
Grants for ‘Uncommon’ Collaborations
Secret Weapon for Tackling Yale
An ongoing campaign to control a breakout of aphids in the trees outside Kroon Hall has included the spraying of vegetable oil and tree maintance. But in early June the university broke out a secret weapon: lady beetles.
Bug Outbreak? Meet the Lady Beetles
Journal Explores Database that Quantifies
In a special issue, Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology examines a new global database that offers new clarity on the complex links between international trade, consumption, and environmental impact.
Environmental Impacts in a ‘Global’ World
New Applications for Drones in Swidden AgricultureAt F&ES, Andrew Wilcox ’18 M.F. pursued research on the forefront of remote sensing, machine learning, and drones. In an interview, he discusses his research into drone technology, how it might yield insights into the efficacy of swidden agriculture, and the potential future for the traditional farming method.
Safer by Design: ‘Meta’ Review Examines
Two decades after Paul Anastas introduced the 12 principles of green chemistry, a new review paper by Anastas and other Yale researchers documents the range of scientific research and innovation that have emerged from those principles.
Expanding Branches of Green Chemistry
Doctoral Grad Receives Prestigious
Yale Prize for Written Scholarship
Yale Climate Communication Program Receives National Innovation HonorAnthony Leiserowitz and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication have received a prestigious national award for their work developing new statistical methodology to understand and map public opinion on climate change at state and local levels across the nation.
F&ES Doctoral Student Receives
Gao Yufang ’14 M.E.Sc., a doctoral student at F&ES, this week received the 2018 Graduate School Public Scholar Award for his commitment to public service.
2018 Yale Public Scholar Award
What does a university landscape look like? In a new article, F&ES student Emily Sigman writes that when we place landscapes “in the background,” and fail to highlight the interaction between humans and nature, we miss a tremendous opportunity.
An Opportunity for Agroforestry
‘We Put Our Faith in You’: A Call for Leadership in a World of InjusticesIndy Burke began her role as F&ES dean in the fall of 2016, just a few months after the Class of 2018 master’s students first arrived on campus. Much has happened in the 19 months since, she reminded those students during the School’s 117th commencement ceremony.
Roots SIG Awarded 2018 Kroon CupThe F&ES community has awarded the 2018 Kroon Cup to Roots, a student interest group dedicated to the advancement and resilience of students of the African Diaspora.
A Decade Later, Yale E360 Still Filling
Yale Environment 360, an online magazined based at F&ES, was created in 2008, a time when many media organizations were shedding science and environmental coverage. As it marks its 10th anniversary, e360 is still helping to fill that critical gap.
Critical Gap in Environmental Journalism
Four Students Selected as
F&ES has selected four graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
2018 Sabin International Fellows
Student Solar Project Gets Switched OnA few years ago a group of F&ES students designed a “hypothetical” solar project for a class assignment, but for team leader Timothy White ’15 M.E.M. the ambitions were never really hypothetical. He would eventually bring it to his hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut, which recently made the proposal a reality.
‘We’re Talking About Our Future Leaders’ Conservation Fellow Opens Door to StudentsWhen the IUCN’s Grethel Aguilar was invited to be a visiting fellow at F&ES this semester she figured most of her time would be devoted to research. Instead she spent much of the spring working with students — and she couldn’t be happier about it.
Climate Change Will Boost Global Lake
Global lake evaporation will increase 16 percent by the end of the century as a consequence of climate change, a new Yale study finds. But the specific mechanisms that will drive that phenomenon are not quite what scientists expected.
Evaporation—with ‘Extreme’ Consequences
‘How Can I Support Her?’ Network Empowers Women Woodlands OwnersThe Yale-based Sustaining Family Forests Initiative — and a cadre of F&ES alums — are leading an effort to empower female landowners to become better stewards of their woodlands.
F&ES Student Researchers Take
Forty-nine master’s students, doctoral students, and postdocs from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) community presented their research during the 34th annual F&ES Research Conference held at Kroon Hall on April 20.
Center Stage in Day-long Conference
A Champion for Woodland Owners—and
Mary Tyrrell ’97 M.F.S. was in her early 40s when she decided to change careers and enrolled at F&ES. That midcareer transition would transform her life — and the School.
Students—Retires After Two Decades
Process to Improve Sustainability of Beef
A student-led startup that is developing a saltwater aquaponic system that aims to drastically reduce the environmental impacts of both the seafood and beef industries last week received the 2018 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize.
and Seafood Production Wins Sabin Prize
By 5:1 Ratio, Americans Think Global Warming is Happening, New Survey FindsA new national survey co-led by Yale researchers finds that a large majority of Americans think global warming is happening — outnumbering those who don’t by 5 to 1.
Saxena Honored with 2018 Inspiring Yale AwardThe Yale Graduate and Profession Student Senate last week presented Alark Saxena, an associate research scientist and lecturer at F&ES, with the 2018 Inspiring Yale Award for inspiring Yale students in and out of the classroom.
Environmental Film Festival: ‘Proud
In an interview, Eric Desatnik ’10 M.E.M., founder of the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, discusses original vision for the festival, how it has evolved over the past decade, and why film is such an important medium for telling environmental stories.
Parent’ Reflects on 10 Years of EFFY
Exploring ‘Silent’ Leadership of Latin America, Caribbean in Sustainable DevelopmentMembers of the Yale community are invited to the third annual Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean Conference at F&ES on Saturday, April 7.
Does Metal Use Slow When a Country’s Wealth Grows? Maybe Not, Study ShowsIn a new study, a Yale-led team of researchers found that GDP remains intrinsically linked with metal use even as affluence grows — a relationship that might threaten long-term global access to critical metals and hopes for a low-carbon future.
A Decade of Impact: Lineup Revealed for 10th Environmental Film Festival at YaleThe Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), which has grown into one of the nation’s premier student-led environmental film festivals, has announced the lineup for its 10th annual festival, which will be held in New Haven from April 4 to 7.
Wyss Scholars Program Supports
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that supports land conservation in the American West, has selected three Yale students as 2018 Wyss Scholars — Matthew Lifson ’20 J.D./M.E.M., Jack Singer ’19 M.F., and Ben Williamson ’19 M.E.M.
Future Western Conservation Leaders
This Week: Former Parks Service
If conservation in American has entered turbulent waters, “The Future of Conservation in America,” a new book by Gary Machlis ’79 Ph.D. aims to serve as a navigation guide.
Scientist on the Future of Conservation
Burke, Seto Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and EngineeringIngrid C. “Indy” Burke, a professor of ecosystem ecology and F&ES dean, and Karen C. Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science at F&ES, have beenelected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
New Environmental Management Curriculum Promotes Depth, Breadth... and FlexibilityThe Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is launching a new curriculum for one of its core academic programs, the Master of Environmental Management degree, which places more emphasis on subject specialization while at the same time building common foundational skills and affording flexibility.
IUCN Partners With Yale to Train
A partnership between the F&ES-based Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) delivered online training in forest restoration to 125 professionals from 32 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Tropical Leaders Through Online Learning
New Grant Opportunities Promote
A newly funded grant opportunity will promote environmental collaborations for teaching and research across Yale University.
Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
Lessons for Community Engagement in Forest Landscapes: 17 Years of Forests ‘Dialogue’
Annual Tropical Foresters Conference at
In early February, researchers, practitioners, and students from around the world gathered at Yale to discuss the challenges of deforestation and sustainable livelihoods at the annual International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) conference.
Yale Tackles Socio-ecological Complexity
Yale Students Named 2018 ‘Energy Scholars’Two F&ES students — Josh Constanti ’18 M.E.M. and Krisztina Pjeczka ’18 M.E.M. — have been named 2018 Energy Scholars by a U.S.-based program that honors young leaders in the renewable energy field.
Taking the Long View: U.S. Scientists
A new Yale-led study provides a detailed glimpse into how the U.S. ecological community views the direction of long-term research and its critical role in the advancement of knowledge.
Affirm Value of Long Term Research
Tropical Forests Are Key to Achieving
A new special issue of Yale’s Journal of Sustainable Forestry examines the interface between tropical forest conservation and sustainable development through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainable Development by 2030
Air Quality the Leading Environmental
The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. Now in its twentieth year, the biennial report is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.
Threat to Public Health, New EPI Finds
Study: Geoengineering the Climate
One of the tools considered to reduce the impacts of climate change is geoengineering, but a new study, co-authored by an F&ES scientist, finds that starting or halting such schemes too quickly could imperial most groups of animals.
Could Imperil Most Animal Groups
F&ES Students Honored for Leadership
Two F&ES students, Corey Creedon ’18 M.E.M. and Elizabeth Naro ’18 M.E.M., have received the 2017 MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship for leadership in the field of conservation biology and wildlife science.
in Conservation and Wildlife Science
Coalition to Improve Sustainability in
A new Connecticut initiative is bringing together tools and resources from across the state — including expertise from F&ES — to help the state’s cities and towns adopt more sustainable practices.
Connecticut Taps into Yale Expertise
Solving the Ivory DeadlockIn an interview Gao Yufang ’14 M.E.Sc., who is now a doctoral student at F&ES, discusses a new paper he co-authored in Science that calls for a more iterative process that recognizes different value systems in order to save the world's disappearing elephants.
AGU Honors F&ES Student For Bringing Remote Sensing to Vulnerable PlacesRebecca Lehman ’18 M.E.M., a second-year master’s student at F&ES, recently received a grand prize in the American Geophysical Union’s Data Visualization and Storytelling contest.
Climate Benefits of Wind and Solar
Even low-carbon energy technologies like solar cells and wind power plants have associated greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts pale in comparison with the emissions prevented by the displacement of fossil fuel sources, a new study co-authored by a Yale researcher finds.
Outweigh Costs of ‘Hidden’ Emissions
Doctoral Graduate Honored for Research
Meredith Holgerson ’16 Ph.D., an aquatic ecologist who has provided new insights into the unexpected role of small pond systems, has received a national science award for research she conducted as an F&ES doctoral student.
On Unexpected Impact of Small Ponds
F&ES Names School’s First Assistant
Thomas Easley, an educator who has tackled diversity challenges in the academic classroom and on the stage, was recently appointed the Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at F&ES.
Dean of Community and Inclusion
‘Scholarship for Sustainability’:
Student Honored for Research
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation awarded the 2017 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to James Souder ’18 M.E.M.
Gabon ‘Dialogue’ Examines Challenges
The Forests Dialogue, a Yale-based program that promotes multi-stakeholder discussions on forest issues, recently brought together 60 people from 15 countries to discuss how the concept of deforestation-free supply chains could be applied in western and central Africa.
Of Deforestation-Free Development
Raymond and Seto Elected AAAS FellowsThe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Peter Raymond and Karen Seto, two F&ES faculty members as AAAS fellows in recognition of their contributions to science.
At Bonn, Data Driven Yale Wins Award
A team from Data-Driven Yale, an F&ES-based project working at the intersection of data science and policy, was awarded the UN Data for Climate Action Challenge’s inaugural award for linking climate change to sustainable development goals.
in UN Data for Climate Action Contest
3D Printing and the Environment: The
A new special issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology presents the cutting-edge research on additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, providing important insights into its environmental, energy and health impacts.
Implications of Additive Manufacturing
Message to Bonn Climate Talks:
In an interview, Casey Pickett, director of the recently launched Yale Carbon Charge, discusses how the initiative aims to change behavior across campus, the broad range of research opportunities made possible by the initiative, and how it might ultimately be applied by other organizations.
Internal Carbon Pricing Shows Promise
Yale at COP23: On the Ground in BonnForty members of the Yale community, including faculty, alumni, and 35 students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), will be in Bonn, Germany this month for the UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP23.
Majority of the Public in U.S. and China Support the Paris Agreement, Survey FindsThe public in China and the U.S. support climate action domestically and internationally, according to new survey results published by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the China Center for Climate Change Communication.
Panel to Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Environmental MovementAcross the country, many environmental organizations are confronting complex issues of diversity and equity, and are working to create a more inclusive environmental movement. At a panel this coming Monday at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, four experts in the field will tackle these issues head-on.
A Vision for Sustainability in TanzaniaDuring a recent meeting convened in southern Tanzania by The Forests Dialogue, a Yale-based program, a range of stakeholders discussed their visions of what a sustainable and thriving landscape looks like.
Yale-Led Study to Examine
A research team led by F&ES Professor Michelle Bell has received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine environmental health disparities within the U.S. senior population.
Health Disparities in Senior Population
Can Science Keep Up with Growth of
In a Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, edited by Yale Professor Karen C. Seto, some of the field’s leading thinkers examine the growing implications of global urbanization trends, including their impacts on resource use, potential environmental tradeoffs, and human wellbeing.
The World’s ‘Mega-Urban’ Areas?
Rethinking the Private Sector’s Role in Disaster ReliefLatent potential within the private sector could provide a powerful new solution to disaster relief, according to a report out of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
Is Fracking a Threat to Public Health?
In an interview, F&ES Prof. James Saiers describes the health concerns historically associated with fracking and how a new Yale research project could provide important insights into whether there is a link between unconventional drilling and adverse birth outcomes.
Yale Scientists Aim to Provide Answers
Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit Focused on Change MakersThe second biennial Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit (YESS) will be held on November 3 and 4. Organizd by alumni from F&ES and across the university, the public event will focus on catalyzing, cultivating, and connecting sustainability-driven change makers.
Renowned Author and Environmentalist Bill McKibben Delivers Chubb LectureThis week, the award-winning author and environmental activist Bill McKibben delivered the Chubb Fellowship Lecture to a packed audience in Woosley Hall. We caught up with McKibben before his lecture to talk about the role of climate activism during the Trump administration.
Achieving a ‘Natural Advanced State’:
Andy Beck — a joint-degree student who had no forestry experience before coming to Yale — talks about why he decided to become a “forester” and the impacts of forestry decisions on the landscape.
Reflections of an Apprentice Forester
Conference Shines Light on Town-Gown- Inspired Advances in Urban SustainabilityAcross the U.S. some of the most successful sustainability-related projects are the fruits of partnerships between cities and universities. A one-day conference at Yale will highlight some of these success stories — and provide insights into how they might be replicated elsewhere.
Yale Economist: Trump Water Rule
The economic analysis conducted by the Trump administration to justify revoking the Waters of the U.S. rule falls short of a defensible and consistent basis, a Yale economist writes this week in Science. The implications go beyond weakening the Clean Water Act — it could undermine the credibility of economic studies conducted by federal agencies.
Ignores Millions of Dollars in Benefits
The Challenge of Creating
In the last decade the Chinese government has realized the need to create not just a prosperous and technologically sophisticated society but an “ecological civilization” based on its cultural and religious traditions. In the sacred mountains of Henan, Yale Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker recently participated in the Songshan Forum, an annual meeting that has become part of this effort.
‘Ecological Civilization’ in China
Pioneering Scientist Bridges Research and Policy to Create a More Sustainable FutureOver the past four decades, Jerry Melillo '72 M.F.S., '77 Ph.D., has established himself as one of the world's preeminent scientists, expanding our understanding of the how terrestrial ecosystems respond to climate change. Now, the real challenge, he says, is for scientists to make their research understandable and useful to decision makers.
Driven by ‘Game-Changing’ Fire, Alum Models Ecosystems Approach to Land ManagementIn the arid Southwest, intense wildfire has become a game-changer, says Laura McCarthy '87 M.F., director of The Nature Conservancy's Rio Grande Water Fund. It's just the latest project in a long career where the conservationist has applied an ecosystems approach to complex environmental challenges. This weekend, McCarthy will be honored with a Distinguished Alumna Award at the annual F&ES Reunion.
More than Just Talk: F&ES Initiative
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, building on its standing as a respected source of environmental knowledge and leadership, this semester introduced the Yale Environmental Dialogue, a series that will convene leading thinkers and decision-makers on issues related to sustainability.
Aims to Take ‘Dialogue’ to Next Level
Newly Rebuilt Yale Myers Camp
The Yale Myers Forest, the flagship of the Yale School Forest system, unveils its newly rebuilt camp this week at their annual Harvest Festival. The buildings honor the traditional look and feel of the old camp, which was destroyed in a catostrphic fire Memorial Day weekend 2016.
Showcased at Annual Harvest Festival
Honors for Anastas Include Lifetime
Professor Paul Anastas, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, in recent months was named recipient of two major honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Achievement Award from U.S. EPA
Report: Latinos Want Action on Climate ChangeA new national study finds that Latinos in the United States are more convinced global warming is happening and human-caused than their non-Latino counterparts. They are also more worried about it, supportive of climate change policies, and willing to take political action. Further, Spanish-language Latinos are more engaged with the issue than English-language Latinos.
Invisible Boundaries: Exhibit Offers
A multidisciplinary research collaboration, led by Arthur Middleton ’07 M.E.M., which examined the migration of large animals across the Yellowstone Ecosystem has yielded a dazzling exhibition now on display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Perspectives of Yellowstone Migrations
Yale and WBCSD Announce Collaboration
Recognizing the critical role that private capital flows will play in moving society toward a more sustainable future, Yale has launched an academic effort to provide high-quality research on the flow of capital into sustainability-oriented projects and sustainable companies.
to Improve Corporate Reporting
With Void in Climate Leadership, Kerry
At Yale this week, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a two-day event, the Yale Climate Conference, to highlight what business, civic, and government leaders are doing — or can do — to combat the threats of climate change.
Initiative Lays Out a Post-Paris Agenda
Esty-Led Panel Highlights ‘Bottom-Up’
An international climate gathering in New York City this week was kicked off by a panel, moderated by F&ES Prof. Dan Esty, which showcased “bottom-up” strategies delivering transformative change across the U.S. and the world.
Solutions in Climate Week NYC Kickoff
Paris Climate Talks Chair Headlines
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on Sunday, Sept. 17 will host former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius during the inaugural Yale Environmental Dialogue (YED).
Inaugural Yale Environmental Dialogue
Cities Aren’t Ready for Weather Extremes
Xuhui Lee, a professor of meteorology at F&ES, says that it’s difficult to link climate change to two recent hurricanes that devastated parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean. But decades of scientific research do suggest that weather extremes such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will become more common — and cities will pay a steep price.
— No Matter What You Call Them
Building Climate Resilience After Irma: An
Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean last week, including the island of Barbuda, known for its sandy beaches and abudant wildlife. We reached out to Lia Nicholson '14 M.E.M. who works on climate change adaptation and mitigation for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to learn more about living with the threat of hurricanes and what small island nations are doing to build climate resilience.
Interview with F&ES Alum Lia Nicholson
MODs Introduces New Students
For generations of F&ES students the summer orientation known as MODs has offered a chance to learn fundamental environmental skills in the forests of Connecticut. These days it also includes a week in the streets and green spaces of New Haven, where they become familiar with the field methods for analyzing the urban ecosystem. A new video offers a glimpse.
to Urban Ecology of New Haven
F&ES Welcomes the Class of 2019The incoming Master’s class of 2019, a group of 154 students from 28 countries, this week began classes at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Yale-Inspired Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank, a first-of-its-kind model for green financing first conceptualized at Yale, has been awarded the 2017 Innovation in American Government Award from Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Wins National Award for Innovation
New Haven Promise Interns Gain Research and Work Experience at F&ESSince 2011, the New Haven Promise program has provided full tuition college scholarships to over 1200 local high school students. This summer, three of those students are gaining research and work experience as interns at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
‘I Came Here to Teach’: Forestry Professor
Ann Camp ‘90 M.F.S. recently retired from F&ES where she served as a lecturer and research scientist for nearly 17 years.
Camp Retires After 17 Years at F&ES
Even in Polarized U.S., Sequel to Gore Climate Doc Has Potential to Engage MillionsThe long-awaited sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” arrives at a time when the U.S. is even more polarized on climate change than it was a decade ago. Nonetheless, a Yale researcher who studies public opinion on climate change says the film, if done well, has the potential to engage millions of Americans.
Respite from the Urban Heat Island?
A new Yale study will examine whether irrigation of green spaces to mitigate the urban heat island effect in some of the world’s driest cities will be worth the cost — namely, drawing down precious and increasingly diminished water resources.
Study Eyes Costs of Irrigation as Remedy
Yale Team Makes Final Round at
A team of students and recent graduates from F&ES this summer traveled to Switzerland where they were finalists in the 2017 Sustainability MBA Challenge hosted by NestléNespresso, an operating unit of the Nestle Group.
Nespresso Sustainability Challenge
Interdisciplinary Yale Team Takes
A team of six Yale students and recent graduates, including five from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, took the top prize at the Patagonia Eco Innovation Case Competition.
Top Prize in Patagonia Case Competition
Forests Dialogue: Helping to Chart a Path Forward for Sustainable Wood EnergyWhile much of the discussion about renewable energy is focused on solar, wind, and hydroelectric sources, any climate action must include heightened discussion around wood, which accounts for 87 percent of the world's renewable energy use. The Forest Dialogue is helping to catalyze that discussion.
What Do Plants Sound Like?
What does a plant sound like? And what does a plant hear? An interdisciplinary project at Yale, highlighted during a recent installation at the F&ES Forest Garden, is applying new technologies that help people listen to plants — and even speak their language.
Plants and the Audible Spectrum
Public Will Back Carbon Tax — But It
A new Yale-led study suggests that a progressive carbon tax can both reduce emissions and generate revenue. But how a carbon tax is structured — and how its benefits are communicated to voters — are vital for building political support.
Depends on How You Sell It, Study Says
Two F&ESers Named Switzer FellowsTwo F&ES students, Jolisa Brooks ’18 M.E.Sc. and Brunilda Pizarro ’18 M.E.Sc., have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Taking it to the Next Level: Yale’s Journal
In a new special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology, leading researchers make the case that it is time to take the discussion and analysis to the next level.
of Industrial Ecology Explores the Circular Economy
F&ES Unveils Ambitious New Strategic Plan
Holistic Management Makes
A Yale-led study puts a price on ecosystems by recognizing the value of a “natural capital” asset — in this case, fish in the Baltic Sea — and connecting it with holistic ecosystem management to calculate asset values for the interacting parts of an ecosystem.
Ecosystems Healthier, People Wealthier
Yale Excavation in Syria Continues to
In the 1970s Yale archaeologist Harvey Weiss began excavating an ancient city in present day Syria that would reveal critical insights into the world’s first cities. Although the site is now sealed off from research due to the country’s civil war, it continues to yield important discoveries — including the agricultural strategies of the earliest civilizations.
Reveal Secrets of World’s Earliest Cities
Science to Solutions: Students Pitch
This spring eight F&ES students traveled to Flint, Mich. for a conference on the water crisis still unfolding in that community. In a conversation three students discuss how the experience deepened their understanding of the crisis — and it revealed about battling future environmental and social challenges.
Strategies to Prevent ‘The Next Flint’
Environmental Challenges Require
In an essay published in BioScience, a group of 22 environmental leaders — including three from F&ES — challenge the academic community to make “institutional innovations” to better address the challenges of our time.
‘New Kind of Science’ from Academia
During 116th Commencement, F&ES Graduates Urged to Find ‘Their Game’F&ES on Monday celebrated its 116th Commencement, honoring a class of 144 Master's graduates and 10 Ph.Ds.
Global Impact: F&ES Students Scatter
The 151 master’s students completing their first year at F&ES have started to scatter across the world over the next couple of weeks for summer internships and independent research.
Worldwide for Summer Jobs and Research
Bright Idea: Student Honored for Bringing
While working as a teacher in Mumbai, Sanjna Malpani ’17 M.E.M. was shocked that many students weren't able to do their homework because of insufficient light in their homes. So Malpani and some friends helped introduce new sources of illumination using only plastic bottles and water.
‘Bottled Light’ to Underprivileged Indian Households
Gladiator Games: In Nature’s Showdowns, Biodiversity Shields Weaker CompetitorsA new Yale-led study of fungi competition illustrates that maintaining a diverse collection of species indeed not only safeguards weaker species but also protects the genetic diversity of the larger community.
In Measuring Gas Exchange
A new Yale-led study evaluated how the size of ponds and lakes affects gas exchange rates, which may have implications for carbon emissions and global climate change.
Between Water and Air, Size Matters
Study Linking Microscale Processes with Landscape Impacts Wins Bormann PrizeAshley Keiser ’16 Ph.D., who studies how microbes in the soil respond to changing conditions aboveground, has won the 2017 F. Herbert Bormann Prize, which honors doctoral research that exemplifies the legacy of the late Yale professor.
Combined Research Conference ‘Activates’
Sixty-six masters students, doctoral students, and postdocs from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies community presented their research during the 33rd annual F&ES Environmental Research Conference in April.
Original Scholarship Produced at F&ES
Four Students Selected as 2017 Sabin International Environmental FellowsF&ES has selected four graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
Leung, Champion for Inclusion and Equity, Honored with 2017 Kroon CupThe F&ES community last week awarded the 2017 Kroon Cup to Jessica Leung ’17 M.E.M., who has worked tirelessly to make the School and the environmental field more inclusive and equitable.
Seto Elected to the Prestigious
The National Academy of Sciences, considered the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., has elected Yale Prof. Karen C. Seto as a member in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
National Academy of Sciences
Earth Day: F&ESers Bike New Haven for Ninth Rock to RockMore than 100 members of the F&ES community endured cold rains and slick roads last Saturday for the ninth Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride, an annual bike ride that supports a variety of grassroots organizations working to make New Haven a healthier, greener, and more connected community.
Global Project Will Help Promote
The F&ES-based Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale has entered into a three-year global collaboration that will promote the principles and implementation of green chemistry in low- and middle-income countries.
Green Chemistry in Developing Countries
Study Reveals Deep Nature Appreciation In the U.S. — but also Barriers to ConnectionA national study co-led by Stephen Kellert prior to his death in 2016 has reported a troubling disconnect between people and nature in the United States. But it also found reasons for hope.
Energy Technology Startup Wins
A student-led startup that is creating new energy technology the team says will enable households to reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money has received the 2017 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize.
2017 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize
Yale Carbon Charge Pilot: Did it Work?Last year Yale embarked on an experimental program examining the potential for carbon pricing on the Yale campus. A recent analysis, conducted by F&ES students, shows that the pilot program contributed to carbon reductions.
Scientists Brace for Potential Federal
Federal funding has long played a key role in supporting scientific research to improve human health and the environment. But since the onset of the Trump administration, concerned scientists at F&ES have wondered about the future fate of research funding.
Research Cuts, Regulatory Shifts
Summit to Explore Gene Technologies and Environmental SolutionsThis week Yale will host an interdisciplinary event exploring the potential applications and risks of utilizing gene editing technology to improve human health and the environment.
Dean’s Conversation: Energy Specialist on Tough Choices and Possible SolutionsDavid Lawrence, a global energy consultant and former Shell executive, will be the guest in the next Dean’s Conversation on Thursday, April 20. The title of his talk is “The World Needs More Energy and Less CO2: Tough Questions, Hard Choices and Possible Solutions.
Lyme Disease Imposes Large Cost
In a new study, Yale researchers find that perceived risks of contracting Lyme disease on average cause a person in the Northeast to forego eight 73-minute outdoor trips per year, exacting a total cost roughly $2.8 billion to $5 billion annually in the densely populated region.
On the Northeast United States
Leadership for Sustainability:
Pamela Matson, the dean of the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, who will deliver the keynote address during the F&ES Research Conference on April 21, says achieving a more sustainable world will require the engagement of all disciplines — and that scientists and policymakers work together.
Stanford Earth Dean on What It’ll Take
Protecting Nature and Indigenous Rights
For nearly two decades, conservationists Lilian Painter and Robert Wallace have worked with indigenous communities in Bolivia’s Madidi-Tambopata landscape to recover endangered species and improve livelihoods for the people who live there. Despite the challenges, their strategy is working.
In One of Earth’s Most Diverse Landscapes
Major Science Organizations Honor
Two major U.S. science organizations recently honored Karen C. Seto, professor of geography and urbanization science and Associate Dean for Research at F&ES, for her work on understanding urban land systems.
Seto For Work on Urban Land Systems
Removal of Invasive Species Protects
This month a team of technicians has removed an invasive species that ran amok in the human-made pond outside of Kroon Hall, protecting one of the building's key sustainable attributes.
One of Kroon Hall's Key 'Green' Features
Drought Linked With Health Risks in Older Adults, Yale-Led Study ShowsA Yale-led analysis of health claims in 22 U.S. states found that severe drought conditions increased the risk of mortality — and, in some cases, cardiovascular disease — among adults 65 or over.
In Sri Lanka, a Village Garden Yields Timeless Lessons in Forest ConservationSince October, Blair Rynearson ’15 M.F., Logan Sander ’15 M.F., and Laura Lutttrell, have been in Sri Lanka as fellows with the F&ES-based Sri Lanka Program for Forest Conservation In an ongoing series of posts, they share their experiences of learning about — and then developing — a traditional village tree garden.
Program Empowering Leaders in Tropics
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative, an F&ES-based program that makes the latest tools and research in forest restoration and sustainable management accessible to the people who manage tropical landscapes, has received a $4.9 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, to continue its work.
Receives $4.9 Million Grant from Arcadia
Return to RwandaF&ES Professors Amy Vedder and Bill Weber have worked on dozens of conservation projects across the globe. But they are best known for their efforts to conserve mountain gorillas in Rwanda, a place where they still bring Yale students every year.
Wyss Scholars Program Supports
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that supports land conservation in the American West, has selected two F&ES students — Katherine Panek ’18 M.E.M. and Austin Rempel ’18 M.E.M. — as 2017 Wyss Scholars
Future Western Conservation Leaders
Yale Economist: Trump Order Unlikely
President Trump today ifted a moratorium on the federal coal leasing program, predicting that it will create new jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources. The order will do neither, predicts Kenneth Gillingham, a Yale economics professor who has published extensive research on the program.
To Alter Tightening U.S. Coal Market
Reel Stories: Student-Run
The ninth annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale, which will be held April 5 to 8, will feature 10 films across Yale and New Haven. All events are free and open to the public.
Environmental Film Festival Begins April 5
Expanding Adaptive Financing
As part of their F&ES masters project, students Laura Hammett ’17 M.E.M. and Katy Mixter ’17 M.E.M./M.B.A. recently convened experts from humanitarian and financial organizations for a one-day workshop on the challenges of post-disaster reconstruction and resilience.
Options For Post-Disaster Recovery
Analysis: Building a Market for
A new analysis led by the F&ES-based Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) finds that renewable thermal technologies have significant market potential in the state if supported by appropriate public policy and financing tools.
Renewable Thermal Technologies
The President’s Budget: A Call to ActionOn March 16, F&ES Dean Indy Burke sent a message to the community about President Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal.
Making Social and Environmental Impact
The Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the outdoor apparel company Patagonia have jointly released a guide for entrepreneurs that offers a roadmap for the emerging world of Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations.
Easy: Entrepreneur’s Guide to Going ‘B’
On the Front Lines of Justice: Strategies
Across the world indigenous leaders have been targeted with violence and imprisonment for defending their homes and local resources. In an op-ed, Peter Kostishack ’00 M.E.Sc., whose organization supports these individuals and groups, describes strategies urgently needed to protect their homes, their freedom, and their ways of life.
To Support Embattled Local Activists
Poll: Majority in All States, Congressional
Majorities of Americans in all 50 states and all 435 Congressional Districts support setting strict carbon dioxide emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, according to results published in the new version of the Yale Climate Opinion Maps.
Districts Support Clean Power Plan
Designed to Thrive: Creating Vibrant,
At Yale this week, urban planner Jonathan F.P. Rose and former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy discussed the challenges of developing vibrant, resilient cities in the 21st century — and places that are getting it right.
Resilient Cities for the 21st Century
Peter Raymond Awarded NASA Carbon Cycle Science GrantThe $1 million dollar grant will support Raymond's research on the exchange of greenhouse gases between inland water bodies and the atmosphere, which has implications for global climate change.