It’s no secret that women are under-represented in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation reports that women comprise just over 40% of graduate students in science and technology. However, women with a Master’s degree or higher who are actually employed in science or engineering occupations currently comprise only 30% of workers in those fields. For this reason alone, we are excited to welcome Dr. Liza Comita as an assistant professor of tropical forest management at F&ES. However, although Dr. Comita is an excellent role model for women pursuing STEM fields, this is far outshined by her depth of knowledge and experience, as well as the opportunities she brings for F&ES students to pursue tropical studies while at Yale.
This spring, Dr. Comita, along with Dr
TGIF (“Thank God I’m a Forester”) is a Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies tradition. The Friday events are hosted by the Forestry Club – a student-run group tasked with organizing FES social functions – and bring foresters together to relax, unwind, and enjoy each other’s company after a week of hard work.
On Friday, the Forestry Club hosted its annual International TGIF – an evening intended to celebrate the School’s diverse student body (roughly 30 percent of F&ES students come from abroad!). Flags and photos adorned Bowers Auditorium and music played while international students prepared dishes from their home countries to share with classmates. Many countries were represented, including Japan, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway –
To follow up on my post last week about one-time Technical Skills Modules, I thought I’d go ahead and tell you a little bit more about the opportunity to learn professional skills here at F&ES through one-credit courses offered each semester that aim to teach us about skills we might need in our future careers. These courses, known as Professional Skills Courses, or PSCs, here on campus, usually meet once a week during the evening, and are often taught by professionals in the field, rather than professors at the university.
This semester I’m taking a PSC taught by Kris Morico, a Global Leader of several Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric Co., with a background in environmental engineering. The course, titled “Foundations of Environmental Leadership and Management,” is an…
It’s Friday and you’ve just finished and turned in your last problem set for the week, your classes are through for the day, and it’s a beautiful day outside. There isn’t much out there that would be better than taking a walk in the park, maybe running up to the top of East Rock, and grabbing a beer with some other foresters, right? What if I were to tell you that instead, a lot of people end up going to another class? One that doesn’t even count for credit, but instead you just take for “fun”?
Sounds improbable, right? The last thing anyone wants to do on a Friday afternoon is take their few free hours during the week to sit in another class.
Turns out, though, many…
The recent addition of Simon Queenborough to the F&ES faculty team is a major windfall for current and future students here at the School of Forestry. In addition to his new position as lecturer and researcher at F&ES, Dr. Queenborough has come on board as the new director of the Tropical Resources Institute. This diversity of roles means that students with a variety of backgrounds and interests will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from this dynamic new instructor.
This spring, Dr. Queenborough will kick off his course offerings with an introduction to tropical ecology. As a field-based course, it will spend the two weeks of spring break in the tropics, where students will benefit directly from Dr. Queenborough’s extensive field experience and interactive…