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…

Hello from New Haven!

Hello from New Haven! I’m Jules, a first-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) student here at F&ES and a new member of the admissions team.  I came to F&ES to learn more about coastal and marine policy and management, with the hopes of working with and managing marine protected areas.

I’m a Southern California native, and grew up exploring the beaches of Los Angeles, kayaking and snorkeling around the Channel Islands, and hiking the San Gabriel Mountains. In pursuit of my childhood dream to become a marine biologist, I left California for the east coast to study marine sciences, as well as biology and earth sciences at Boston University. While there, I had the opportunity to study coastal biogeochemical regimes in different parts of the US, coral reef dynamics…

LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF . . .

Hello! My name is Anne Haas and I am excited to be joining the admissions team! I am a joint Master of Environmental Management (MEM)/law (JD) student with Pace Law School. I am particularly interested in ecosystem conservation and management, ocean law and policy, and endangered species.

I am originally from the Southern Maine Coast; I spent many childhood summers exploring tide pools, building sand castles, and braving the cold ocean water. After high school, I traded the Atlantic Ocean for the Great Lakes. I attended Lake Forest College just north of Chicago where I majored in environmental studies and French and minored in biology. College provided a number of new and exciting experiences: I studied abroad in

New Student Profile: Nathan Hall

On a bright afternoon two days after the beginning of classes, first-year student Nathan Hall took some time to sit down with me outside Kroon Hall to talk about the path that has led him to FES. He was born and raised in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky.  His family has lived there since the revolutionary war. But the region has faced considerable challenges in modern times. “I’m from the most unhealthy and poorest congressional district in the US,” said Nathan. “It’s had a monolithic extractive economy for some time,” he continued, pointing out the detrimental effects this has had on both environment and economy. Growing up there, his primary goal was to escape. He moved to Louisville as a teenager, and it was there that he became aware of…

New Student Profile: Pamela Soto

Pamela Soto is the sole graduate of Yale College in this year’s first-year class at FES. She is in the 5-year program, which allows Yale College students to complete their degree at FES in just a year. Pamela deferred a year before coming to FES and returned to her hometown of New York City to work with the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. She worked in communications for the Bronx River Alliance, which focuses on the ecological restoration of the Bronx River. They’re working on acquiring parkland along the river and turning it bit by bit into a greenway. Pamela did outreach and helped to create maps of parkland in the Bronx.

Pamela was an Environmental Studies major and focused on international environmental policy. Since the EVST…

New Student Profile: James Albis

James Albis has roots in the New Haven area. Born at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he grew up and currently lives in East Haven. His family has a long history of community involvement. His mom was a teacher and then served on the East Haven Board of Education. His father helped run mayoral campaigns, and was himself elected Judge of Probate in East Haven. Their work inspired James to become involved in local politics. He has served as a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly since 2011. As a state politician, James has been very active in environmental issues.  He was appointed vice chairman of the Environment Committee, and serves on the Speaker’s Taskforce on Shoreline Preservation.

James studied economics at NYU before becoming a state representative. He became…