Wait; what's it like to be a forester?

At the end of October, I had the chance to attend the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Conference
in Charleston, South Carolina. As a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) grad, it was fun to hang out with forestry students and alumni and hear about their experiences. I got a chance to sit down with some Master of Forestry (MF) students and hear about their experience on Forest Crew over the summer.

Forest Crew is a program that manages the Yale Forests with oversight by Professor Mark Ashton. Yale owns 10,880 acres of forestland in New England, including the Yale-Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. This mixed hardwoods forest is at the heart of the last significant undeveloped area in the DC to Boston metropolis, nicknamed the “Quiet Corner” as it…

“The Professional Degrees”

The Master of Environmental Management
The “MEM” is by far the most common degree in F&ES. About twice as many students do the MEM than the other degrees. It has 10 specializations, which you may or may not choose to participate in; business and the environment; climate science, adaptation and mitigation; ecosystem conservation and management; energy and the environment; environmental policy analysis; human dimensions of environmental management; sustainable land management; sustainable urban and industrial systems; urban ecology; water resources management. Specializations can be helpful to carve a path through a master’s degree, especially at Yale where the opportunities, events, and groups can be incredibly overwhelming. Employers see a specialization and have a clearer picture of your skills and knowledge areas. MEM students have some recommended coursework…

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…

Hello! My name is...

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…