Forester's Go! Photo Competition Results Announced!

We sent our students on a mission over spring break to capture some beautiful photos and representing F&ES with their gear. Check out the amazing submissions we received!

Our winner was Nicholas Goldstein, who captured this stunning picture of fellow classmate Kelly Stoner at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

http://environment.yale.edu/news/article/foresters-go-photo-competition/

Featured Alum: Kavita Sharma and the United Nations

I recently caught up with Kavita Sharma (MEM ’12) to chat with her about her work with the UN. So many of you all are interested in working abroad after school, and Kavita is now in Geneva—and also doing international policy work, which so many of you are interested in—so I thought her advice and perspective would be helpful.

New Yale Sustainability Video

Our dean, Sir Peter Crane and FES alum, Frances Beinecke speak about Yale College’s efforts to become more sustainable under President Richard C. Levi’s leadership. Thought you all might enjoy!

http://news.yale.edu/videos/sustainability-yale-greening-blue

Google@Yale: Using Google Earth Engine for Research

A few weeks back, Yale F&ES hosted a team from Google to discuss opportunities for partnerships in advancing geo-technology. The event allowed attendees to work with Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine, and to get a first-hand view of the current state and future of Google’s leadership in spatial data analysis. An outstanding Master of Environmental Science student, Beth Tellman, shares her experience with this event, and how it relates to her own research.

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reaches broad audiences

The next Forestry & Environmental Studies program that I want to introduce is the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC).  YPCCC is a center for both communication and a research.   In a nutshell, this project addresses the gap between science and society and aims to effectively communicate climate change science to societies in the United States and abroad.  F&ES students work as Research Assistants and collaborate with professors and key partners to conduct original research on public climate change awareness and perception.  The Research Assistants then design and test new strategies for raising social awareness and communication for climate change, as well as methods for engaging society in finding solutions for climate change adaptation.  In addition, YPCCC aims to work with educators and communicators to provide effective teaching tools…

Featured Student: Charissa and a Summer with Big Business

Hello again, back with another FESer to highlight. But we’re going to do things a little different this time. I often get questions about what one can or should do for their summer internship. My answer is always, “Anything, anywhere, as long as you think it’s super interesting.” That’s a little hard to conceptualize, though, so I thought I’d highlight some students and what they did over the summer vacation. I recently caught up with Charissa, who is a second year MEM student, and talked to her about what she did last summer. The short answer (spoiler alert!) is that she did some consulting work for Nike out in Oregon.

There are a whole slew of activities and groups you should consider in participating, one of which is the Yale Environment Review (YER) – a student-run review that provides weekly updates on environmental research findings.

YER aims to bridge the gap between environmentally-related academic research and its application to policy and management. In order to increase access to specialized information, YER publishes readable and concise summaries of recent original, peer-reviewed literature so that it can be useful to those engaged in the field of environmental and natural resource management.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in one of the many student-run groups within the FES community while honing skills as an environmental writer with published works for a wider audience. There is also course credit…

Advice for Admitted Students: MODS!

Hello again, prospective and admitted students! This here is my last installment of Advice for Admitted Students. This time, I’ll talk about the Technical Skills Modules (or MODS, for short). When I got my admission letter and was told I’d have to participate in a three-week training course, I was really nervous—convinced that Yale was going to kick my ass before classes even started. That wasn’t really the case—and MODS quickly became the most awesome thing I had done in a long time.

A little fun in Hawai'i--exploring's the US's southern most point

Aloha and welcome to part four of my journey through analyzing the material flows for biofuels production in Ka’u, Hawaii. Friday wrapped up our formal interviews on the Island although we still have many phone calls to make and many charts to create.

We started Friday as bright and early as we had planned. Lynette aptly navigated the unlit roads – many unpaved – down to the southern-most point of the United States. We parked a few hundred yards north of the Point because we wanted to hike to Green Sands Beach first to catch the sunrise. The hike was on an uneven path that might have once been used for four-wheeling. It was both rocky and sandy, and our hiking boots stained yellow in the fine soils. At…

New Haven is Awesome - Part II

Hello again, blog followers. I’m back with the other half of cool things to do in New Haven (so you new students don’t feel totally lost when you get here). I’ve decided to highlight a few more things that pass the time (in between school work and FES events) in the most excellent way.

Music: With NYC only an hour and a half away by train, you can easily access some of this biggest music venues hosting the biggest names out there. However, New Haven has some sweet spots for music as well. And who doesn’t love a little music now and again?

Toad’s Place—Toad’s is probably the most popular music venue in town. It’s right in the center of campus, which certainly makes it convenient. They…