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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Connection, Growth and ChangeAlumnus startup looks to reimagine the urban tree lifecycle with “reforestation hubs.”
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.
Helping Companies Avoid ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach to Sustainability Solutions
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 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Welcome to PerspectivesTo solve “wicked problems,” a group of Yale students is learning how to think differently in a unique new course.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
‘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
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
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’
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Yale to Help Guide National Institute on
F&ES researchers will play a lead role in a new U.S.-funded consortium that will aim to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s industrial manufacturing processes.
Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency
Unconventional Journey: Student Forges
As the summer break between her first and second year approached, Christina Stone felt the pressure to land a prestigious internship that others seemed to land easily. Then she created an opportunity in Alaska that was right for her.
Her Own Summer Project in Alaska
Mark Bradford, Soil and Ecosystem
Mark Bradford, an expert in soil and ecosystem science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was recently promoted to full professor with tenure.
Science Expert, Promoted to Full Professor
Center for Earth Observation Turns 25
At a time when Earth information is “more important than ever,” the Yale Center for Earth Observation is marking 25 years as the only Yale center exclusively devoted to remote sensing.
Amidst ‘Golden Age’ of Remote Sensing
As First Siccama Lecturer, Duguid Aims
Marlyse Duguid ’10 M.F. ’16 Ph.D. has been appointed the first Thomas G. Siccama Lecturer in Environmental Field Studies, a new endowed position that emphasizes the teaching of field studies and ecology.
To Get More Yale Students into the Field
Remembering Stephen Kellert, Who
Stephen R. Kellert ’71 Ph.D., a revered professor of social ecology at F&ES whose research and writing advanced the understanding of the connection between humans and the natural world, died in November after a long illness.
Explored Links Between People and Nature
F&ES Students Apply “Systems Thinking”
An F&ES course this semester tackled the Flint water crisis, allowing students to examine a crisis unfolding in real time, and to hear directly from community members.
To Flint Water Contamination Case
From River Guide to Academia,
After spending nearly two decades introducing travelers to some of the world’s most beautiful places, Robert Powell came to Yale to study how tourism and other informal educational experiences can inspire people to connect with — and protect — the natural world.
Exploring Nature’s Power to Inspire
CBEY: A Decade of Innovation at the
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), we asked several of the center’s most esteemed alums to reflect on how CBEY prepared them to address challenges at the nexus of business and the environment and where those lessons have led them.
Nexus of Business and the Environment
A Systems Thinker Uses Market Forces to
Guillermo Castilleja has been described as a “true systems thinker,” something he says he developed while at F&ES. In an interview, Castilleja, a senior fellow at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, shares his vision for the foundation, his advice to students, and where he finds hope as a conservationist.
Strengthen Environmental Conservation
Partnering with Nature
For nearly two decades, former F&ES classmates Jennifer Greenfeld and Bram Gunther have worked to strengthen nature’s role in an unlikely setting: New York City, where restored salt marshes, healthy forests, and 1 million newly planted trees have given the Big Apple an ecological makeover.
In New York’s Urban Jungle
Prospect Street Awardee Targets
As the deputy managing director of NatureVest, Charlotte Kaiser, believes that impact investing can change the world of conservation. And she has the track record to prove it.
Conservation through Impact Investing
Conservationist Eleanor Sterling Awarded
One colleague calls Eleanor Sterling ’83 B.A., ’93 Ph.D., recipent of Yale's Wilbur Cross Medal, a “bridge builder.” A conservationist, anthropologist, and educator, Sterling says her interdisciplinary training at Yale has been crucial to her life’s work.
Yale’s Prestigious Wilbur Cross Medal
Economics Professor Kotchen Named
Matthew Kotchen, a Professor of Economics at F&ES, has been appointed the School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
New Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Ecologist Indy Burke Named F&ES DeanIngrid C. “Indy” Burke, an accomplished ecosystem ecologist and director of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, has been appointed the 16th Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Spurred by Hurricane Irene, Student
Balances Academics and Public Service
James Albis ’16 M.E.M. was a rookie Connecticut lawmaker when Hurricane Irene devastated his coastal district. The event drove home the threats of climate change and heightened his awareness of environmental issues — and eventually led him to F&ES.
Los Funcionarios: Mexico-Based Alums
Across Mexico, a young cohort of F&ES alumni are driving one of the most important experiments in forest conservation happening anywhere.
Drive Ambitious Conservation Initiative
Former F&ES ‘Shepherd’ Finds Business
Success Raising Healthy, Humane Meat
F&ES’s Gillingham Helps Obama
F&ES Prof. Kenneth Gillingham is spending the year as the Senior Economist for Energy and the Environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, helping the White House climate team develop strategies to confront climate change and other environmental and energy-related issues.
Administration Craft its Climate Strategy
F&ES Ecologist and Photographer Team
The award recognizes Arthur Middleton and Joe Riis’s Greater Yellowstone Migrations project.
Named Nat Geo Adventurers of the Year
Opening Up a ‘World of Possibilities’:
While he was a student at F&ES 35 years ago, Thomas McHenry came to understand the range of possible opportunities in the environmental realm. He's spent the past 3 1/2 decades working to make sure future students had the same experience.
McHenry Empowers Generations of F&ESers
For Inaugural ‘Prospect Street’ Awardee,
Heather Coleman '04 M.E.M., who will receive the inaugural “Prospect Street Award” during Reunion Weekend for contributions from a recent F&ES graduate, joined Oxfam America a decade ago to engage climate change from a human perspective. “Climate change is not an environmental issue,” she says. “It’s a social issue.”
Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue
A Pioneer in Forest Genetics
Since completing his Ph.D. at F&ES in 1965, Jeffery Burley has helped to improve forestry practices in vulnerable forest regions across the world.
Reflects on Five Decades in Forestry
A Voice for Equity and Justice
Dorceta Taylor '85 M.F.S., '91 Ph.D., is one of the country's preeminent environmental justice scholars. But above and beyond her publications, Taylor says her work is about opening doors for other people.
In the Environmental Movement
Yale’s Lifset Honored for Helping to
As editor of the F&ES-based Journal of Industrial Ecology since 1997, Reid Lifset has done more than create a respected academic journal. He has helped the emerging field of industrial ecology develop its identity and boundaries.
Build the Field of Industrial Ecology
After Decades in the Trenches, Beinecke Says Environmental Fight is Never OverFrances Beinecke ’71 B.A. ’74 M.F.S., who returns to F&ES this semester as the 2015 McCluskey Fellow, has been at the forefront of many environmental fights. And if she has learned anything it's that the battle is never easy – and it’s never really over.
What Yale Students Did This Summer:
Fifty students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies spent the summer break working internships and conducting independent research in countries all over the world.
F&ESers Gain Valuable Experience Abroad
Edgar Hertwich, Global Leader in
Edgar Hertwich, who helped transform the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) into a leading global institution in the study and teaching of industrial ecology, joins the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) this semester as professor of industrial sustainability.
Industrial Ecology, Joins F&ES Faculty
Re-framing the Climate StoryThis semester, a course at F&ES encouraged students to explore new communications methods based on emerging interdisciplinary communications models that create messages with deeper impact.
Yale Honors Thomas Graedel,
In his eighteen years at F&ES, Thomas Graedel has made Yale a global center in the emerging study of industrial ecology, and cemented his role as one of the field’s founding figures.
Pioneer in Field of Industrial Ecology
Restoring Salmon Fisheries — and
After centuries of overfishing and development, salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest were on the brink of collapse by the late 20th century, presenting a grim challenge for Native American tribes that have long relied on the fish. Aja DeCoteau ’07 M.E.M. is part of a response plan that has helped spur a remarkable recovery.
A Tribal Birthright — in Pacific Northwest
Shaping a New Kind of Conservation
During the past three decades, Peter Seligmann ’74 M.F.S. has transformed Conservation International into one of the world’s most important environmental organizations by building partnerships that cross sectors — and by convincing companies that doing the right thing can be good for business.
The Tropical Resources Institute:
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the F&ES-based Tropical Resource Institute, we asked several distinguished alumni to recollect the work they did while they were here, share what they’re doing today, and reflect on how their experiences with TRI changed their lives.
Three Decades of Global Impact
An Ancient Industry is Re-Imagined
About 15 percent of all coal burned in India each year is used to produce the bricks that supply the country’s ongoing building boom. F&ES alum Kunal Sharma is leading a project to make this ancient industry cleaner and more energy efficient.
In a Land Vulnerable to Climate Change
In another man’s biography, Spencer Beebe’s backcountry exploits might warrant some celebrity. For Beebe ’74 M.F.S., they warrant footnotes.
It’s Hard to Pin Down Spencer Beebe
Louisa Willcox: ‘Wilderness Wanderer’
Louisa Willcox ’84 M.F.S. never imagined that she would make a career out of conservation advocacy. But she's spent more than three decades protecting the wild lands of the western U.S.
Bridges Science and Advocacy in U.S. West
Gary Machlis: A Career
While most researchers spend their lives honing in on their academic niche, Gary Machlis ’79 Ph.D. has spent his working in an array of disparate fields.
Defined by Crossing Boundaries
Tom Siccama, Field Naturalist Who
Tom Siccama, 78, a revered professor of forest ecology whose field lessons in the forests and landscapes of New England were a defining part of life for generations of F&ES students — and, for many, life-changing events — died on Oct. 3 after a long illness.
Inspired Generations at F&ES, Dies at 78
‘A Constant Struggle to Survive’:
Throughout his career, Prof. Craig Brodersen has explored the fundamental relationships between plant structure and function, and how different species have adapted to utilize limited resources.
Learning from the Structure of Plants
Getting to the Roots of Humankind’s
While many frame the debate over environmental conflict in terms of economics or natural science, Prof. Justin Farrell believes it often reflects much deeper cultural, moral, and spiritual questions. Exploring these questions has become his life’s work.
Relationship With the Natural World
An Allegiance to the Tropics: New
In an interview, Simon Queenborough, the new Musser Director of the Tropical Resources Institute (TRI), shares his thoughts on the greatest challenges facing the planet’s tropical areas, and how TRI can make a difference.
Mentor, Researcher Takes Lead at TRI
Sifting Through the ‘Noise’
Some of the things that made Prof. Liza Comita want to study tropical forests in the first place are the same things that can make it a rather daunting field of research. And they raised some of the questions she has been trying to answer during more than a decade as researcher and professor.
To Assess Health of Tropical Forests
Conservation Through CocktailsAre you ready for a jujube and hawthorn martini? A new company created by a group of ethnobotanists, including Ashley DuVal ’10 M.E.Sc., thinks so.
Helping Ski Resort Communities
Growing up in California, Diana Madson spent much of her youth exploring the great mountains of the Sierra Nevada. At 19 she fell in love with skiing, which made her particularly attuned to the weather.
Face the Reality of Climate Change
Remembering Jonah AdelsDuring his time on campus Jonah Adels was often found sitting at the warbly piano in Sage Hall, filling the stairway and halls with his music.
In DEEP: Building a Bridge
By many measures, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has enjoyed a remarkable transformation during the three-plus years since Robert Klee ’99 M.E.S. ’04 J.D. ’05 Ph.D. joined its top ranks.
Between Science and Policy
Forester Hones Leadership
By the time he arrived at F&ES, Terry Baker ’07 M.F. had already learned first-hand how the U.S. Forest Service works — and about the people who make it run. But he says his time at Yale helped make him a leader.
Skills You Can’t Learn From a Book
Healing Western Landscapes
From Conservation’s ‘Radical Center’
When she was an intern with the Quivira Coalition, Avery Anderson Sponholtz ’07 M.E.M. could tell the organization was practically obsessed multi-stakeholder collaboration. Now Quivira’s executive director, she understands the stakes as well as anyone.
What’s in the Air of Nepal?
As a graduate student, Anobha Gurung ’10 M.E.Sc. heard a lot about research into how air pollution is affecting human health worldwide, but found scant research in her Nepalese homeland. She is trying to change that.
Filling Gaps in Pollution Data
In the forest canopy of the Panamanian rainforest, F&ES doctoral student Kevin McLean is documenting the “canopy highways” that tree-dwelling animals use to get around. His findings may help conservationists protect species that are rarely seen and can be nearly impossible to study.
Blogging from the Forest Canopy
Corn: A Love Story,
From Seed to Market
An encounter with Indian corn during a chestnut festival years ago forever shattered Anthony Boutard's notion of corn as “an industrial grain.” Boutard M.F. '89 now grows this nutritious and flavorful corn variety at his organic farm in northwestern Oregon.
Let the Games Be Green:
By the time she arrived at F&ES, Jill Savery M.E.M. '06 had already won an Olympic gold medal. Today she is working at the nexus of sustainability and sports, helping sports organizations embed sustainable practices into their event planning.
Fusing Sustainability and Sport
Healing War-Torn Ecosystems:
An Army Pilot Returns to Iraq
As an Army pilot, Carina Roselli M.E.M. '14 had an aerial glimpse of the damage done to Iraq's fabled marshlands by decades of conflict and poor management. Now she's exploring how such war-torn places might one day be restored.
Back at Home in Philly,
When he was a student at F&ES, Gerald Bright decided that he wanted to do work that made a difference on the ground level. Five years later, he's doing just that in his native Philadelphia.
A Model for Green Success
Shell Game: Accidental Entrepreneur Cultivates Passion for Oyster FarmingJules Opton-Himmel M.E.M. '07 became an oyster entrepreneur through a fortunate accident. But his oyster farm in Rhode Island has shown that you can provide food, clean local waters and make a decent living.
Class of 1980 Fund Honored
The F&ES Class of 1980 has received the Association of Yale Alumni's School Volunteer Engagement and Leadership award for two funds that have supported student activities and research for more than three decades.
For Three Decades of Giving
A New Line of Defense
For Wild Salmon Populations
Since the late-1990s, Guido Rahr M.E.S. '94, head of the Wild Salmon Center, has helped craft new strategies to restore populations of the Pacific salmon, a species whose numbers plummeted during the 20th century.
Former F&ES ‘Star’ Joins
Maria Ivanova M.E.Sc '99, M.A '99, Ph.D. '06 has been appointed to an international panel that will advise top United Nations leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on issues related to sustainable development.
UN Science Advisory Panel
Setting the Standard in
For more than four decades, Ian von Lindern M.F.S. ’73, Ph.D. ’80 has been at the center of a massive cleanup of lead pollution in Idaho. The strategies he has helped develop are now being used to tackle health threats globally.
The Cleanup of Toxic Lead
Three Decades in the Arctic:
Margaret Williams’ M.E.Sc '93 eclectic work as director of the World Wildlife Fund's Arctic program reflects the diversity of challenges facing this vulnerable eco-region.
Defending an Ecosystem at the Crossroads
Rethinking the Boundaries of Urban Design“Developers typically look at their site as having boundaries,” Rogers says, “but we believe it is important to rethink what the boundaries of a property mean to the people who use the neighborhood every day.”
Choosing Mighty Themes to Explore Human Ties to the Natural WorldDuring the 1980s, Mansfield Street in New Haven was an unlikely cradle for a writing career: the block was notorious for its crime rate, not its literary scene. But for Eric Jay Dolin M.E.M. ’88, championing Mansfield, where he lived as a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in New Haven Register op-eds provided an opportunity to both hone his craft and defend his turf.
Gary Knight Named 2013 McCluskey FellowThe new McCluskey Fellow has helped the state of Florida conserve millions of acres of critical land from the state’s western panhandle to its iconic Keys.
Rachel Mak (FES/SOM ’14) was unable to receive her award for public service, because she was busy performing public service.
A Champion of Sustainability