Yale Student Resources Outside FES

There are constantly events going on around FES: lecture series, talks, Student Interest Group meetings, and Forestry Club parties and TGIFs. But there are resources available to students outside of FES, and Foresters should take advantage of them!

To help with their academic work, students are invited to go to the Graduate Writing Center for individual writing consultations. The Center can help with research papers, personal statements, fellowship applications, presentations, journal articles, or anything else written!

Did you know that Yale has 13 libraries, and FES students can study at any of them? Check out library.yale.edu to see hours and descriptions of each. Sterling Memorial Library is my personal favorite–it was recently renovated and looks like a beautiful cathedral inside.

Arts buffs: I encourage you to see…

Author: Riddhima Yadav

In what has historically become one of the most well attended climate conferences, COP21 finally kicked off in Paris yesterday. More than 150 world leaders travelled to the French Capital to announce their commitments for what many hope would be a global climate treaty in the post 2020 period. But with all the momentum building, the Internet has been flooded with updates, articles, reports, tweets creating a social media storm. In the midst of this, I break down Day 1 in bite-sized pieces of information and bring to you the moments that shone. So if you are in Paris and running off to your next negotiation session or someplace else closely tracking the talks, make sure you catch up with the action on ground with this…

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:

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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.

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

A “Troop of Rabble…

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…