F&ES Volleyball Team wins Championship!

The victorious F&ES Hardwoods were named champions of the Graduate Co-Rec Intramural League for the fourth season in a row, reminding everyone on campus, that yes, FES is BEST.

PhD Life at F&ES

Most of our students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are Master’s candidates, but we also have many PhD students pursuing their doctorate degrees in a variety of disciplines. I interviewed a few PhD students about student life at F&ES, and they filled me in on their experiences as well as gave advice for prospective students.

“FES is a wonderful place to pursue a PhD with an environmental focus. It really is the best of both worlds – I’m a part of a hydrology- and biogeochemistry-focused lab group and a member of the broader FES community. This unique environment constantly reminds me of the importance of scientifically rigorous research that will help inform current environmental issues. I was lucky to earn my MESc degree from FES…

F&ES 2015 Talent Show!

This past Friday, F&ES students entertained their fellow classmates and showcased their talents! Above, a group of second-year students model their high-fashion-and-function field clothes on the F&ES catwalk. Here are some other highlights form the event:


Second-year Andrew Wu channels his inner Sinatra while crooning “Feeling Good.”

IMG_6919Second-year Adrien Salazar recites a beautifully-written and poignant poem about his experience as a Filipino-American at F&ES.


Resident F&ES yogi James Ball impresses the audience while simultaneously playing viola and completing a sun salutation. IMG_6943

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Fall Advice

It’s officially fall at F&ES! I am surrounded by beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, and…the pre-Thanksgiving craziness!

It seems like yesterday was shopping period and I was frantically trying to choose my classes. Today I am hurriedly working on final projects and problem sets. The time has flown by. The past couple months have been filled with returning to “school” mode, working on group projects, and making some wonderful new friends.

This is also a time for reflection, as I am already a fourth of the way through my graduate degree. I polled some of my friends about advice they might have for new students and how to best tackle the fall semester at FES.

“Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all.” – Britain Richardson, MEM…

Charlie Chaplin from the movie, Modern Times.  The image evokes the coevolution of production systems and people and how individuals cannot easily influence social metabolism which follows its own inner dynamic. The analysis of social metabolism reflects the need to go beyond individual choice and consider social choices through which unsustainable systems can be rearranged or replaced by sustainable ones.  Image credit: Modern Times © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna”

The Journal of Industrial Ecology, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, owned by Yale and based at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has just published a special issue, Frontiers in Socioeconomic Metabolism (see bit.ly/JIE-SEM).  The title is a bit daunting, but topic is compelling, and worthy of some explanation.

In 1994, Robert White, then the president of the US National Academy of Engineering, identified the emergence of a new field, industrial ecology. He described industrial ecology as

the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, of the effects of these flows on the environment, of the…

At F&ES, when professors say they are teaching a certain topic or skill “that will be useful to you in the real world,” it’s a reminder that we are here not just to learn technical information, but to develop the capabilities we need to work in dynamic settings.

Since the beginning of MODS and well into the school year, I have worked in many groups and this is not a coincidence. By design, our classes and extracurricular activities require us to work together to solve problems, be it small or large. The expectation is that by training us in this setting, we will be ready to dive right into any professional team environment after graduation.

Recently, I have realized this training has taught me more than just working…

Diverse Events at Yale F&ES

As a first-year MESc (’17) student and member of the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee here at Yale F&ES, I can tell you that we’ve had a busy few weeks here on campus. A sample of some recent F&ES diversity-related activities you might have missed:

Reverend Lennox Yearwood and the Hip-Hop Caucus
On Tuesday, September 29, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hip Hop Caucus, spoke in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES speaker series Diverse Voices: Environmental Leaders on Climate Change. In a rousing sermon that inspired a standing ovation, Reverend Yearwood drew connections for the audience among energy generation from fossil fuels, racist responses to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, asthma and air pollution in communities of color…