From late September to early November, my classmates and I have spent some of nearly every weekend in the forests of northeast Connecticut. We are learning by doing – writing management plans for community members who own land around the Yale-Myers Forest.
All students begin their time at F&ES learning to measure trees at Yale-Myers Forest. This fall, 14 of my classmates and I have seen this come full circle. My team of three identified and measured over 1,500 trees on the 120-acre property we were assigned. We also practiced interpreting the landscape by “reading” the soils, rocks, plants and hydrology. This forms the baseline for the recommendations we will make.
The clients we work with have a strong connection to their land. Some have lived there for…
This post was written by Authored by Jasmine Hyman of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Gediz Kaya of Gaia Carbon Finance.
All eyes are on Paris as the negotiation window closes upon an international climate agreement that is hopefully, historic. States are promising to take climate action, and by some calculations their cumulative promises cover 90% of global emissions. But most people are wondering, what is actually being promised anyway? However, there is considerable confusion on how they compare to each other, on who is doing what and when, and on how they will be implemented. This blog post is your poker scorecard to understanding what is actually being put on the table in Paris right now. If we’re gambling for climate sanity, these INDCs are…
Author: Larry Rodman
Wednesday, December 3, the GCF held a side event called Deploying Resources of the Green Climate Fund: “What makes a good Project?” Later in the day, the GCF hosted a Q&A period at its pavilion at the conference center. Together, these events gave a picture of what the GCF has achieved so far.
After a slow start – the UNFCCC conceived the GCF 6 years ago in Copenhagen, and formally established it a year later in Cancun – the GCF has now approved 8 projects for funding, and in the last few days has even made a funds transfer for one project. The GCF has accredited 20 entities as funding conduits. Another 9 entities are in the last stages of accreditation, and as many as…
This post was written by Nick Olson, a second-year student in the Master of Forestry program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
“I have read many definitions of what is a conservationist, and written not a few myself, but I suspect that the best one
is written not with a pen, but with an axe. It is a matter of what a man thinks about while chopping, or while deciding what to chop. A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke he is writing his signature on the face of his land.”
—Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac
A favorite among woodsmen, Aldo Leopold’s adage still strikes a chord today. The sentiment guides many of us to the woods and not…
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…
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.
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…
At COP21 in Paris, the big story will be about cities. Cities are leading on climate change, and use local climate action plans to prioritize strategies to reduce their emissions – including through land use and transportation planning. I’m interested in how cities are acting on climate because when we have an international climate agreement, local actions will be among the most successful ways to stop global warming.
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.