National Geographic: F&ES Grad Discusses China's Role in the Ivory Trade

Before graduating from F&ES last month, Gao Yufang M.E.Sc. ’14 focused his studies on the global ivory trade, with an emphasis on the complex role of his native China.

Gao — who will return to China this month, along with two African conservationists, to explore the country’s ivory markets — recently spoke with National Geographic about the complexities of the ivory market and the role of young people in curbing the slaughter of Africa’s elephants.

He also talks about why he decided to focus on this issue in the first place.

When I came to Yale in September 2012, everyone was talking about ivory trade. As a Chinese in the U.S. who understood how the conservation community in China works, I was seeing a great gap…

Sterling Memorial Library, home to the stacks.

In the Fall of 2010 I began at the Yale School of Public Health and that following spring I applied and was accepted to Yale F&ES.

From the moment I was admitted I felt like family. I went up to Admitted Students Day in the spring to test the waters of the F&ES community. I was surprised by the openness and honesty of the current students and faculty, and I was astounded by the breadth of and depth of the other admitted students who would become my future classmates. Admitted students even got to stay for the T.G.I.F. (Thank God I’m A Forester), a long tradition of good beer and good friends, sometimes themed.

That summer I shipped…

The road named after my family - where my grandparents first farm was in Monmouth, Oregon.


Happy New Year everyone! Congrats to everyone who finished their applications and may be attending grad school in 2014! Many of you have asked me during our prospective student online chats and through emails why I decided to come to F&ES, how the experience was, and what it was like to do a Joint Degree.

As you may have read, I’m originally from Salem, Oregon [west coast!]. My grandparents owned a tree farm in Monmouth, Oregon and my brother and I grew up playing in the woods and in the ponds. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Oregon and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing and a minor in Environmental Studies. I had originally intended to…

Current Yale F&ES Students with Dean Tony La Viña of the Ateneo School of Government and F&ES Professor Ben Cashore.

Amidst all the madness at this year’s climate negotiations, the friendly faces of Yale delegates and F&ES alumni in the hallways of the Warsaw National Stadium are a welcome relief.  As tradition dictates, we held a TGIF (Thank God I’m a Forester) reception last Saturday to bring together Yalies and friends of Yale to share stories over drinks.

Speaking as a key note at the Yale TGIF reception, Tony La Viña (LL.M. ’92, J.S.D. ’95), dean of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila, reminisced about his time at Yale and his pathway through the climate change negotiations. La Viña has attended 15 out of 19 UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. And, the four years he took a break was during the middle of the Bush Administration, when…

With Government Shutdown Over, 'Science is (Almost) Rolling Again'

Jamie Collins ’11 M.E.Sc., who is now a graduate student in a joint program between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, had just started blogging about a research trip to Antarctica when the government shutdown threatened to stop his work before it began.

In fact, on Oct. 8 — the day he arrived at Palmer Station on the West Antarctic Peninsula — he learned that the National Science Foundation was effectively cancelling all upcoming U.S. research activities in Antarctica.

But the last-minute resolution in Congress has salvaged the mission. On his blog today, Collins reported the good news: “Science is (almost) rolling again down here on the ice.”
The sense of relief on station is palpable — members of the various science teams are…

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.

FES Alum Camille Rebelo's balancing act is Mozambique

One FES alum following her dream to make a difference

At Yale, we are surrounded by professors and classmates who push and inspire us to be creative about how we overcome challenges in the world. Over the past few years, Yale and CBEY have focused this creativity towards using the power of business to create a better world.

But it isn’t everyday that we hear about recent graduates who have taken this message to heart and put into practice.

Recently, I spoke with Camille Rebelo, a 2007 graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Like most of us, she was eager to use her new degree to make a difference. She took a job working in forestry and before long, in forest carbon markets…

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…

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…

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…