Featured Alum: Megan McVey and Climate Communication

Hello, hello, FES Blog World! Emily again with another installment of Alumni Who Are Doing Awesome Stuff in the World (that’s the official name of this series). New Haven appears to be warming up again (the snow from Nemo is almost gone!), but I doubt we have seen the last of winter this year.

Today, I’ve got Megan McVey (MEM ’12). Megan does communications for the US Global Change Research Program. Basically, she has created a career out of being on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites all day–if only we all could get paid to be on Facebook, right? Well, anyway, I’ll let her tell you about her work. Without further ado,

Emily: Megan! I’m so happy you agreed to sit down and chat with me…

The Tropical Resources Institute at Yale

From Sarah:

Following Nemo’s frigid, uninvited arrival in New Haven (Nemo apparently didn’t see Punxsutawney Phil’s memo), I want to share warm thoughts with you about the Tropical Resources Institute (TRI). TRI is an interdisciplinary program within Yale F&ES. It aims to help students with funding and research tools for managing and conserving tropical resources. TRI provides research fellowships for students and assists students with research design, proposal development and field methods for projects in the tropics. It also helps connect students with local, in-country institutions. For example, students have teamed with organizations in Panama like PRORENA (Proyecto de Reforestacion con Especies Nativas) and Agua Salad Project. These organizations, along with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in turn link students with local entities like the Panama Canal Authority, Panama’s…

Featured Alum: Dustin Meyer and Large Energy Consulting

Hello FES-Blog people! I hope the last blog about housing in New Haven was helpful for you! Definitely let me know if I left any major questions unanswered. I lied when I said my next blog would be about what fun things there are to do in New Haven–but don’t fear! Several such blogs are on their way!

I figured it was time to go back to some cool alumni and their awesome post-FES work. This time, I caught up with Dustin Meyer (MEM ‘12, pictured with his faithful companion, Captain Wilson), to chat with him about his work with one of the bigger energy consulting firms out there. Since there are so many of you interested in doing energy consulting work, I thought his perspective would be helpful…

Hixon Center & URI: The Urban Environment at F&ES Part II

From Sarah:

This is Part II of our urban ecology journey at the Hixon Center. I’ll share with you a bit more about the Center and then delve into the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), a branch of the Center. Be sure to read through to the end, where I’ll give you some tips on how to get involved!

When I spoke with Colleen Murphy-Dunning, the Staff Director of the Hixon Center and URI, she reminded me of how important it is to understand urban ecology. The Hixon Center recently took a survey of alumni who graduated over the last 20 years. It received about 900 responses and found that 70% of respondents said that their professional work does affect the urban environment. This number is not extraordinary, but…

URI & the Hixon Center's Efforts on the Urban Environment: Part I

From Sarah:

This blog continues my journey to explore the numerous Centers and Programs at Yale F&ES. Over the past month, I’ve told you about the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale and the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Today I will share the great Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, (“the Hixon Center” or here, “the Center,” for short. Next blog I’ll continue this expedition with the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), a fantastic program within the Hixon Center.

The Hixon Center was created fifteen years ago to encourage local environmental collaboration between Yale and New Haven. Since then, it’s expanded to target global public-private partnerships to improve urban environments. The Center works to advance knowledge of urban environmental issues both through research and by…

Advice for Admitted Students--Finding a House

Hey FES blog-o-verse! Writing to you all from the beginning of super-blizzard Nemo. Hoping all you New Englanders out there stay safe (we’ve had quite the year, eh?).

Anyway, the most exciting news from our end is that this year, we’ve decided to try out a rolling admissions process. Last week, we admitted our first group, with more admissions letters going out (hopefully) each week. Don’t worry; everyone will get their decision letters by the first week of March.

Quick note: while we’re really excited to be offering admission to people earlier, unfortunately, you are still going to have to wait until mid-March to find out about your financial aid package. We just don’t have the man-power to make those decisions any sooner. We’re super sorry if…

Shark Stanley...in case you haven't heard

Shark Stanley is the big kahuna on the Yale F&ES campus these days. This finned celebrity has grown out of two of our students’ effort to bring the globally urgent issue of shark and ray conservation to the forefront of the hearts of minds of decision-makers everywhere, especially those at the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).

F&ES students Leah Meth and Onon Bayasgalan (both MEM ’13) are the masterminds behind the idea of embodying marine species–sharks and rays–as an innovative means of lobbying for their protection under CITES. 

Their approach, which integrates ecological literacy, policy acumen, and social media savvy, features two major tactics. First, Meth and F&ES classmate Ben Goldfarb, have authored a picture book…

From Sarah:

Welcome, intrepid readers, to Part II of my blog postings about the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP).  This week I’ll discuss the newly formed YCELP student board, the Environmental Protection Clinic, and opportunities for readers like you!

First I should clarify that YCELP offers scholarships and even more programs that I have space to describe.  I’ll summarize with just a few sentences.  Last spring, YCELP awarded two Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy Research Prize Fellowships – each for $7,500.  One prize went to a joint Master’s student with the Yale School of Public Health who is studying water quality near the Marcellus shale development sites in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The other was awarded to a PhD candidate here…

Highlighting the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

From Sarah:

I’m sharing two blog posts with you on the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. This week’s post will describe YCELP’s programs; the second post will discuss the newly formed YCELP student board, the Environmental Protection Clinic and opportunities for interested prospective students!
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, or YCELP, is a joint initiative of the School of Forestry and the Yale Law School. The Center works with students from these two schools to integrate environmental awareness and ethics with law and policy. YCELP also serves as a hub for members of the Yale community who are interested in environmental law and policy: many of its events are open to and attended by the public.
YCELP operates on three parallel tracks: research, outreach…

Featured Alum: Sarah Uhl and the Presidential Management Fellowship

Hello FES Blog Readers!! I hope you are all doing well out there, and that the doldrums of winter are not starting to get to you (I myself am quite ready for spring to get here already. Here’s hoping Punxsutawney Phil misses his shadow tomorrow and brings spring a little earlier this year).

I’m back with another featured alum, this time Sarah Uhl (MESc ’12). Sarah worked closely with our environmental health faculty, and has been devoted to reducing toxins in our environment for her entire career. I wanted to speak to Sarah because she is now a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), working for the EPA—an opportunity several of our students have gotten to participate in (or at least those ones interested in working for the federal…