Welcome to Judges Cave!

When I arrived on campus as a Yale freshman, I couldn’t believe how much history was all around me. It was crazy to think about how much younger my home state is than my university. When California was admitted to the union in 1850, Yale University had already existed for over a hundred years. Walking on the New Haven Green wasn’t a typical stroll in the park. That space had served as the main burial ground for the residents of New Haven for the city’s first 150 years. Last October, a tree on the Green fell during the peak of Hurricane Sandy, unearthing a skull that dates back to the late 1700s.

If the Green used to be a cemetery, what other common features within the city held…

Just a little trip to Marseille

At F&ES, I’m constantly impressed by the unbelievable opportunities available to students. Ample funding is available for summer internships, hosting speakers, attending conferences, and much more. I got the chance to sit down with Sam Teicher, a fifth-year Master of Environmental Management candidate to talk with him about his most recent FES adventure.

Kaylee Weil: Sam, I hear you just traveled to Marseille, France! Can you tell me why you went there?
Sam Teicher: Of course, I’d be happy to. I was attending IMPAC3, the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress. The Congress is held every four years, and this year it was hosted by the French city of Marseille and the island of Corsica. It was previously held in Washington D.C. in 2009 and the Australian city of…

TGIF- Halloween!

Forestry Club

Prospective students often worry that F&ES is all work and no play; the masters program is two short years and between class, school work and research there’s an awful lot to fit in.  While that is certainly true, ours is nevertheless a very social group of students with a strong sense of community.  This is thanks, in part, to the Forestry Club; a student run group tasked with organizing social functions on campus that are open to the entire F&ES student body.  The club consists of 23 F&ES students who are elected by their peers.  Elections are held at the start of the school year and representatives serve on Forestry Club for the whole of their time at F&ES.  The group puts on weekly TGIF (“Thank…

Course Shopping at F&ES: How it Works

Hello Prospective Students,

We are into the sixth week of the academic year and classes are moving full-speed ahead. With patterns established and the flow of lectures, reading and coursework in place, it’s hard to remember a time when life was in flux as we all selected classes and organized our schedules.

F&ES, like the rest of Yale University, has a “shopping period,” during which students are able (and encouraged!) to sit in on a number of classes to build a schedule that fits best with their academic goals. During this time, which is typically about two weeks long, students can come and go from any number of classes that they are considering (or just curious about), without getting reprimanded by the professor. Classes still progress as normal…

...and then there's East Rock

Hey again! Kaylee here. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve moved from coast to coast several times over the last five years. My trajectory looks kind of like a cross-country ping pong match… California, New Haven, California, and finally, back to New Haven! Without a doubt, one of the things I was most looking forward to was New England fall. I went for a walk the other day to the gorgeous East Rock Park and as I made my way through the East Rock neighborhoods, I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures. Here’s one of Foster Street’s fall foliage…

Welcome Back Kaylee!

Hey everyone! I’m Kaylee Weil, a current student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. I wanted to take this chance to introduce myself to you as one of the new Student Assistants in the FES Admissions Office. I thought I’d give a little of my personal and academic background, any and all of which you are welcome to ask about!

The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies isn’t my first Yale rodeo by any means. I was a Yale undergraduate from 2008-2012 and I just couldn’t bear the thought of leaving Mother Yale behind, so I applied to graduate school here! I majored in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education and Communication. Having been an undergraduate here, I feel like I can offer a…

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Hello Prospective Students!

My name is Jena Clarke.  I’m a first year 2015 Master of Environmental Management degree candidate and a recent addition to the Admissions Office team.  I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences as I settle in and navigate the abundance of opportunities F&ES has to offer through classes, jobs, student groups, social life… the options seem practically endless!

I am originally a Connecticut native; I graduated high school in West Hartford, just a quick drive north from New Haven.  I’m out of practice as a New Englander though, having lived out of the region for nearly a decade, but I have enjoyed rediscovering my own state with the eyes of an outsider.  Since high school, I have moved around a lot.  I lived in Arkansas…

Introducing Your Newest Resource – Recent Alumni Vanessa Lamers

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce myself! I’ve recently begun my work as an F&ES recruiter with the Admissions Office and will be one of the bloggers and travelers telling you about the wonders of F&ES and how to apply! I’ll meet many of you on the road this year (specifically those in NYC, Seattle, Denver, Charleston & Portland), but I’ll also speak with you through email, skype, and phone calls as we approach the admissions deadline!

This past May, I graduated with a Joint Degree Master of Environmental Science from F&ES and a Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). I didn’t enter as Joint Degree student, in fact I didn’t know then that I would apply for an environmental science degree. I…

Come Visit F&ES!!


Well it’s that time of year again! We are gearing up for the next few months on the road, meeting new faces, reconnecting with those we have been working with over the past 12 months and honestly…we are excited!!! We have been making changes, reading your feedback, brainstorming and trying to figure out how we can better articulate to all of you, what it means to be part of F&ES. So, we’ve decided to start a slightly structured, slightly flexible, Campus Visit Program. It’s less than an open house, more than an individual appointment and we’re hoping it will be the perfect way to give you just enough information that you feel well equipped to make the most of your visit to Prospect St.

Every Monday at…

Yale named top fire science school for women!

We are excited to announce that Yale was recently named as a top 10 fire science school for women by Fire Science Online. Check out the rankings here.

From Fire Science Online:

Fire Science Online – today’s #1 resource for fire science education and career information – has identified the 26 Most Popular Fire Science Degree Programs for Women. The list recognizes the colleges and universities across the country with significantly higher-than-average rates of women in their fire science and forestry programs.

Of the programs analyzed by FSO the average percentage of female students was 10%. We selected only schools that had at least double the average. The complete list of criteria is:

• Must have at least 30 active students enrolled
• Of these…