Google@Yale: Using Google Earth Engine for Research

A few weeks back, Yale F&ES hosted a team from Google to discuss opportunities for partnerships in advancing geo-technology. The event allowed attendees to work with Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine, and to get a first-hand view of the current state and future of Google’s leadership in spatial data analysis. An outstanding Master of Environmental Science student, Beth Tellman, shares her experience with this event, and how it relates to her own research.

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reaches broad audiences

The next Forestry & Environmental Studies program that I want to introduce is the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC).  YPCCC is a center for both communication and a research.   In a nutshell, this project addresses the gap between science and society and aims to effectively communicate climate change science to societies in the United States and abroad.  F&ES students work as Research Assistants and collaborate with professors and key partners to conduct original research on public climate change awareness and perception.  The Research Assistants then design and test new strategies for raising social awareness and communication for climate change, as well as methods for engaging society in finding solutions for climate change adaptation.  In addition, YPCCC aims to work with educators and communicators to provide effective teaching tools…

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…

Yale Team Wins at DOE Better Buildings Competition

7 Yale students participated in the Department of Energy’s Better Building 2nd annual competition this month, winning both categories they were entered in (Best Proposal, Energy Efficient Buildings Hub Case Study and Best Proposal, U.S. General Services Administration Case Study)! The competition “Challenges university teams to develop and present real-world business and technical solutions to cut energy waste and improve the efficiency commercial buildings across the country…and supports President Obama’s goal of cutting energy waste from homes and businesses in half over the next two decades, as announced in the State of the Union address.”

For the entire story, please see: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=851…

Dean Crane Featured in New Haven Register

Dean Crane’s new book has been featured in the New Haven Register today!…

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…

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…

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…