Professional Skills Courses at F&ES

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…

Class After Class

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…

This past Thursday evening, I was fortunate to be in the audience of Dean Crane’s leadership seminar, live-tweeting the week’s eminent guest, former F&ES Dean Gus Speth. I had gone to see him give a lecture before, back in 2012 while I was a senior in college, while he was on tour promoting his book Bridge At the End Of the World. Since then, he has continued on the path that many consider “radical,” advocating for a metamorphosis of our current consumerist economy into something that will work toward, not against, a sustainable future. Those in attendance were extremely enthusiastic to have our former dean back at Yale; for those who saw our F&ES’ers at the Climate March, our t-shirts actually had his face on them!…

Simon Queenborough - Connecting New Haven to the Tropics

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…

New Student Profile: Jessica Webb

Jessica Webb is one of this year’s mid-career students at FES. Because she has been working in the environmental field for more than seven years, she will spend only a year at the school to get her MEM degree. Prior to coming to FES, she worked for a number of years in Latin America, first for a small nonprofit in Costa Rica focused on community conservation. In that area, most of the tropical forest was either privately owned or considered dangerous. Jessica worked on an educational program to make the forest more accessible, especially to young people. She also organized a community census, which helped migrant workers gain title to land, and set up a community ecotourism program.

After this, Jessica worked for the Rainforest Alliance in Costa Rica…

BULLDOG SUSTAINABILITY LEADS FIRST “BIKE TO THE BOWL”

This past Saturday, I attended my first Yale sporting event. I watched Yale Football celebrate a 49-43 win over Army, one of its greatest non-league rivals. The game was exciting from start to finish – it began with four West Point cadets jumping from a helicopter high above to deliver the game ball and ended with Yale senior Tyler Varga’s fifth touchdown in overtime.

Another highlight of the day was the inaugural “Bike to the Bowl,” organized by Bulldog Sustainability. First year Forester Matt Viens and Yale College student Chris Bowman led the approximately two mile bike ride from Payne Whitney Gym to

Yale FES students Danielle Lehle, Tristanne Davis, and Julia Luthringer marching for climate through Times Square. Photo by Pilipp Arndt.

This past Sunday was a big day for environmentalists, as people gathered in city centers across the globe to raise awareness for the growing need for management and policy that accounts for anthropogenic climate change. I was lucky enough to be at the march in New York City, along with a handful of other F&ES students, and walked in solidarity with over 300,000 other people demanding action be taken on the climate crisis. The event has since been monikered “The Largest Climate March in History,” and has been covered by most of the world’s high-profile news agencies.

As I was standing at 70th Street, between skyscrapers and the park, singing and chanting with other F&ES students, and meeting Yale Alums (who upon seeing our large hand-painted signs, would come…

New Student Profile: Iliana Lazarova

FES welcomed its most international class this year, with nearly a third of new students coming from 25 different countries. Iliana Lazarova is one of those students, hailing from Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgaria and the Balkans in general are rarely represented within FES, so I was eager to sit down with Iliana to hear her perspective on the school.

Iliana did her undergraduate work in Sofia, studying international economic relations. She’s had an interest in the environment, and specifically in energy, for some time. “I realized that we all live in the same place,” she told me, speaking about her revelation about the nature of environmental problems.  After college, Iliana worked for Teach for Bulgaria, a program modeled after Teach for America. Through that work, she came to see the…