ELTI: Protecting Forests in Panama

An article recently published by the California Academy of Sciences illustrates how the F&ES-based Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI) is helping local communities protect their forest lands in Panama.

Reporting on a presentation made by Eva Garen, the ELTI director, and Jefferson Hall ’92 M.F.S. ’02 Ph.D., at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the article highlights how forests help regulate water flow, providing a critical service for people living in a watershed in western Panama.

Hall, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, makes the case that smart reforestation and land management is needed “for both the natural world and the humans that share it” — and that education can make a big difference…

Many new and prospective F&ES students wonder if a joint degree program is right for them. A joint degree – whether with the School of Management, the School of Architecture, Divinity School, Law School, or one of the other nearly dozen joint degree programs F&ES offers – has the potential to advance your career and enhance your professional school experience. At the same time, a joint degree takes longer, costs more, and can present some practical challenges. As a joint degree student myself – and after talking with several of my joint degree classmates – I hope to provide some insight into the benefits and potential pitfalls of pursuing a joint degree at Yale.

Housing in New Haven

New Haven is a fun, small city for F&ES students to call home.

Most F&ES students live in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven (named for nearby East Rock Park). This neighborhood provides a close-knit graduate community and cute Italian grocery stores. There are plenty of places to park and the Orange shuttle line serves this area.

Other popular neighborhoods are Science Hill (right by F&ES), Mansfield Street, and downtown. Science Hill and Mansfield Street are the closest to the School and have plenty of graduate students of their own. Downtown, although farther from F&ES, is a wonderful place to live if you want to be near many restaurants, bars, shopping, and the hub of New Haven. These areas are served by the Red and Blue shuttle…

Yes, Consumption Really Does Drive Climate Impacts and Resource Use

Intuition has long suggested that consumption plays a key role in driving climate impacts and resource use. A recent article in Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology brings rigor and detail to this understanding. Using a new multiregional input-output database (EXIOBASE 2.2), which describes the world economy at the detail of 43 countries, five rest-of-the-world regions, and 200 product sectors, the authors are able to trace the origin of the products consumed by households and represent global supply chains for 2007. It shows that household consumption contributes to more than 60 percent of global GHG emissions and between 50 percent and 80 percent of total land, material, and water use.

Traditionally, the analysis of household environmental impacts has been based on national statistics and production systems, treating imported goods as if they…

Career Chat with Austin Lord ’14 MESc

On February 16 I sat in on a career coffee chat put on by CDO and the RRAD (Disasters) Student Interest Group​. The featured guest was Nepal-based Austin Lord ’14 M.E.Sc., a Fulbright Scholar, Research Consultant to UNDP on post-disaster response, and founder of volunteer humanitarian initiative Rasuwa Relief.

It was interesting to hear about Austin’s journey post-F&ES. After graduation he went to Nepal through the aid of the Yale Himalaya Initiative and the Cornell Summer Funding Program. At the time Austin had no idea that he would do anything related to disasters. As an F&ES student he hadn’t been involved with the disasters SIG. But he would quickly discover that for a social scientist, there is an incredible demand and need for working in the setting of disasters…

ConBio members get a back stage tour at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

A new scholarship for conservation science leadership has reenergized the community at F&ES. Margaret McCarthy ’82 B.A. and Robert Worth, with their joint passion for the preservation of all things wild, contributed to a fantastic new opportunity for students. The MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship honors two individuals with demonstrated dedication to problem solving and leadership in the conservation realm.

Two 2015 F&ES graduates, Tara Meyer and Danielle Lehle, were key in the creation of this scholarship opportunity. They are also avid conservationists themselves.

Tara is a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she manages regional wildlife conflict and private lands programs. During her summer at F&ES, she studied snow leopards in the Hissar Mountains of Tajikistan using camera traps and DNA analyses. Tara…

Video: F&ES Student’s Camera Trap Captures Treetop Proposal

Kevin McLean, a National Geographic explorer who will receive his Ph.D. from F&ES this May, studies and documents little-known arboreal mammals by setting up video camera traps in neotropical forest canopies. His research has produced not just great science, but some great stories.

On its Web site, National Geographic recently published a video of McLean’s latest trip to Panama, where he took his longtime boyfriend, Dan Aeschliman, on his first climb. As NatGeo writes, “they both were in for a surprise.”

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A Call to Action: Share Your Knowledge to Curb Carbon Emissions at F&ES

We are at an auspicious moment in the global movement to address the affliction of excessive carbon emissions. The signs of change are present in all major sectors of our society as seen through:

  • The outcome during the COP21 climate talks in Paris
  • Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si” climate encyclical
  • The newly introduced Yale Carbon Charge project
  • … and much more.

    In the spirit of “Carpe Diem” the Kroon Carbon Team is proposing that we, as a community of diverse yet like-minded individuals, come together in an effort to share our collective knowledge on how to address this carbon challenge and take action to reduce our school’s carbon emissions.

    Our call to action for you is to:

    1. Communicate your…

    Kroon Hall: A Living Laboratory

    From December 2015 through May 2016, Yale University will be running an exciting carbon charge experiment, designed to test whether a price on carbon is a feasible and effective policy to reduce the carbon footprint of the University.

    For this pilot program, Yale has selected 20 campus buildings that will be divided into four concurrent experimental groups exploring different schemes for pricing carbon emissions. Kroon Hall, the home of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is among the buildings that will take part in this pilot program along with SOM´s Evans Hall, Yale Health Center, the Peabody Museum and others.

    The four experimental conditions include:

    • Group 1: Redistributive charge, in which charges are applied to the buildings that perform worse than their counterparts and redistributed…

    Congratulations to Professor Michelle Bell!

    Congratulations to Professor Michelle Bell!

    Her new Center, SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health) has been awarded a $10 million, five-year grant by the Environmental Protection Agency to study air pollution, energy, climate change, and human health. This is the largest federal grant received by F&ES in the school’s history.

    Professor Bell will serve as Director of SEARCH and will collaborate with F&ES, Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Engineering, and Public Health along with faculty at Johns Hopkins and North Carolina State University.

    She says that the Center will have four related research projects that deal with energy/econometric modeling, personal exposure monitoring and assessment, air quality and climate change modeling, and epidemiology/public health. “The Center is an excellent example of F&ES’s vision to have collaborative research…