F&ES Volleyball Team wins Championship!

The victorious F&ES Hardwoods were named champions of the Graduate Co-Rec Intramural League for the fourth season in a row, reminding everyone on campus, that yes, FES is BEST. IMG_1323

Congratulations to Team Captain Lisa Veliz and her team of 10 foresters–Erik Ndayishimiye, Eugene Tan, Siegfried King Valenzuela, Santiago Cortes Villota, Breanna Lujan, Nina Lagpacan, Andrew Wu, Lara Iwanicki, Cat Martini, and Chris Martin! Way to represent FES!IMG_1309

For those of you wondering, there are a handful of graduate intramural sports that the FES Hardwoods participate in, such as softball, soccer (aka football everywhere else), basketball, and more!



PhD Life at F&ES

Most of our students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are Master’s candidates, but we also have many PhD students pursuing their doctorate degrees in a variety of disciplines. I interviewed a few PhD students about student life at F&ES, and they filled me in on their experiences as well as gave advice for prospective students.

“FES is a wonderful place to pursue a PhD with an environmental focus. It really is the best of both worlds – I’m a part of a hydrology- and biogeochemistry-focused lab group and a member of the broader FES community. This unique environment constantly reminds me of the importance of scientifically rigorous research that will help inform current environmental issues. I was lucky to earn my MESc degree from FES…

F&ES 2015 Talent Show!

This past Friday, F&ES students entertained their fellow classmates and showcased their talents! Above, a group of second-year students model their high-fashion-and-function field clothes on the F&ES catwalk. Here are some other highlights form the event:


Second-year Andrew Wu channels his inner Sinatra while crooning “Feeling Good.”

IMG_6919Second-year Adrien Salazar recites a beautifully-written and poignant poem about his experience as a Filipino-American at F&ES.


Resident F&ES yogi James Ball impresses the audience while simultaneously playing viola and completing a sun salutation. IMG_6943

A “Troop of Rabble…

Fall Advice

It’s officially fall at F&ES! I am surrounded by beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, and…the pre-Thanksgiving craziness!

It seems like yesterday was shopping period and I was frantically trying to choose my classes. Today I am hurriedly working on final projects and problem sets. The time has flown by. The past couple months have been filled with returning to “school” mode, working on group projects, and making some wonderful new friends.

This is also a time for reflection, as I am already a fourth of the way through my graduate degree. I polled some of my friends about advice they might have for new students and how to best tackle the fall semester at FES.

“Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all.” – Britain Richardson, MEM…

Energy at F&ES

F&ES is a great place to be if you’re interested in energy. In just two months there have been countless opportunities to get involved in the energy sphere, including career events, classes, and speakers on campus.

A few weeks ago I officially signed my return contract to NRG, so I’m not one to frequent many career events. However, I did go to the ​FES/SOM ​Energy Networking Night hosted at the School of Management a few weeks ago.​ There were seven employers present: Eversource​, ​CT Green Bank​, ​Coalition for Green Capital​, ​KEEA​, ​EDF Climate Corps​, ​PA Consulting​, and ​CT DEEP​. It was fun to get dressed up and schmooze with representatives from these organizations.​​​ ​And of course, I enjoyed eating bounties of cheese and drinking wine with my fellow energy-minded…

Tracking phosphorus in aquaculture: Identifying losses and potential for recycling

Phosphorus (P) scarcity is the subject of
considerable research and debate. P studies, however, have yet to include the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, thus eliminating the possibility of assessing their relative importance and identifying opportunities for recycling. A recent study looks at flows of phosphorus in fisheries, aquaculture, and agriculture in Norway.
Results indicate that, contrary to most other countries where agriculture dominates, in Norway, aquaculture and agriculture drive P consumption and losses. This suggests that there are opportunities P recycling across sectors that could help address the mineral P demands of agriculture.

The research also illustrates the value of material flow analysis and systems perspectives that are at the heart of industrial ecology.  See the article in Yale F&ES’s Journal of Industrial Ecology at http://bit.ly/JIE-P-fish.

Summer as a Master of Forestry Student

The Master of Forestry (MF) degree trains students for professional careers in forest resource policy and management, and prepares them to work in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Students spend the summer in between their first and second years at F&ES completing internships in the field, gaining experience and learning to be leaders in forest management. Below are a few of their stories from summer 2015.


Yoni Glogower: Great Mountain, CT

Yoni spent this summer creating a field book characterizing the natural and human history of the Great Mountain Forest in Northwestern Connecticut. Using historical maps and land inventories, Yoni interpreted interesting sites, comparing forest compositions, land use histories, and unique natural communities, like lichen-covered balds, bogs, and wildflower-covered talus slopes. Yoni is completing a…