New Student Profile: Dr. Albert Barume

On a warm August morning, the day before the start of fall semester classes, I sat down to chat with Dr. Albert Barume, a member of this year’s incoming class. Albert is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but has spent the last four and a half years working for the UN in Geneva as part of the International Labor Organization, where he worked on indigenous and tribal issues. He has a long history of working for indigenous people’s rights. He has a PhD in international human rights law with a focus in minority and indigenous rights. Prior to his time at the UN, he worked for several years in Congo on a project to create community forest legislation. This legislation, he told me, has finally…

Introducing our New Recruiter: Recent Alum Maclovia Quintana

 

Greetings!

My name is Maclovia Quintana, and I’m the new recruiter for the FES admissions office. I graduated from FES this past May with a Masters in Environmental Science, and this fall I’ll be meeting with prospective students on campus and in cities across the US in order to let you all know about the great opportunities available at FES and about how to apply!

I grew up in Santa Fe, NM, but I did my undergrad degree at Yale College, so I’ve been in New Haven for quite a while now. My academic focus at FES was on small-scale agriculture in northern New Mexico. Working with Professor Carol Carpenter, I used environmental anthropology as a lens to approach the question of how small-scale farming in…

Earth Day Texas

Howdy, y’all!

Last week, amidst a flurry of final papers and the chaos of the end of the semester, Kaylee Weil, my classmate and fellow Admissions assistant, and I called a timeout and took off to Dallas for the weekend.  Along with Kristin Floyd from the Development and Alumni Office, we got to represent the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Earth Day Texas, which is being held at Fair Park, home to the Texas State Fair.  Even though the Ferris wheel wasn’t running, it was nevertheless a great weekend.

Earth Day Texas, formerly Earth Day Dallas, is a growing annual event.  Although only a few years old, it is already one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the country.  The free…

Final Thoughts

Wednesday was my final day of classes.  Ever.  I finished up four years of intensive law and graduate school and walked away from the Forestry School, feeling a bit dumbfounded.  This was the first semester in which I had no final exams and so I was able to finish up two final papers, one final project, and a final team paper and presentation by 5:20 pm Wednesday evening.  I did not feel elated but I was definitely ready to move forward with my career.  I would like to take this blog space to reflect on my experience in the joint program and share with you my recommendations and lessons learned.

 

First, I must say that I believe I made the right decision in applying and finishing the…

Moving to New Haven

Dearest New Admits,

Many of you have expressed curiosity and interest in how to best secure housing in New Haven. Rest assured, there are many great options here – you won’t be homeless! Let’s talk location, timing, living space and price, and search sites.

First, the majority of Forestry students live in East Rock, a quiet residential area of New Haven. East Rock reaches from Whitney Avenue on the west to the railroad tracks and Interstate 91 on the east and southeast, and from Hamden on the north to Trumball Street on the south. The East Rock neighborhood, named in honor of the traprock ridge East Rock, a short jog and 350 foot climb away. It’s a fantastic area with a couple of small groceries such as Nica’s…

Westies Full blown, Friday, April 4

Hello Prospective, Admitted and would-be-Westy Students,

The Admissions Office has told me that I can write about one of my favorite topics – the Westies!  In your reading about F&ES, hopefully you have come across the wide array of Student Interest Groups (aka “SIGs”) that we have here at the school.  SIGs span the spectrum of interests from energy to water to religion, to name a very few of the 29 active SIGs.  If you can find two other people who share your interest, there is probably a SIG for that; they are as diverse as the student body itself.  Don’t think there’s a SIG for your area of interest?  Don’t worry!  This academic year alone, students at F&ES started three new SIGs (…

Student and Family; A few things to consider

We are fortunate that our students bring with them a varied list of characteristics that describe them and for many this list includes parent and spouse. Below are a few suggestions that current students who are in this capacity have offered.

 

  • “First of all I would recommend the graduate housing on Prospect.  I don’t live there myself but wish I did.  Mostly families, lots of kids and toys in the yard.”  Check http://gradhousing.yale.edu for more information.

 

  •  “In the case of international students coming in with their spouses and kids it is critical for the non-English speaking parents to get to know one another as soon as possible, ideally prior to MODS during which the spouses are basically abandoned.”  There are additional
Joint Law: To be or not to be?

Here at the Admissions Office, we have begun to notify people of their acceptance to FES.  It’s so exciting!  I love to call newly accepted students and ask them if they have any questions about the program — about classes, professors, or life in New Haven, bikes — anything at all.  And people have many questions, from obtaining research assistantships to finding roommates and an ideal apartment in East Rock.  One question that people frequently ask, though, is whether they can begin a joint degree after they start at F&ES.  Depending on the joint program, the answer may be a bit complicated.  Since I am a joint degree student, I will give you the run-down on the program with Pace Law School.

 

Pace Law School offers incredible…

CEID: A Hidden Gem

When I left Yale in May 2012, the first floor of Becton Engineering Center was home to the engineering library. Upon returning to Yale in fall 2013, an amazing new space had popped up in its place!

When you walk inside, you’ll find that Becton is now home to the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), a space for students and faculty to learn, create, and share. According to the CEID website, the CEID is a whole of many parts:

  • A Physical Space: The CEID gives students and faculty tools and resources for classes, design projects, and collaboration.
  • A Bustle of Activity: The CEID hosts engineering design courses, workshops, lectures, networking events, and exhibitions.
  • A Diverse Community: Students, both undergraduate and graduate
Who is Eli Fenichel?

Dr. Eli Fenichel is one of the more recent additions to the Yale FES cadre of faculty.  An assistant professor of bioeconomics and ecosystem management, Dr. Fenichel joined us in the fall of 2012 from Arizona State University.  His background in wildlife ecology, agricultural economics, and resource and environmental economics has enabled him to bring a unique and valuable perspective to dynamic common pool resource problems.  I had the opportunity to sit down with him this week to talk about his research, teaching philosophy, and tips for making the most of your experience here at F&ES.

Dr. Fenichel works at the interface of ecology and economics with applied math.  His research applies capital theory to natural resources.  He investigates how to make better decisions with natural resources…