New Student Profile: Iliana Lazarova

FES welcomed its most international class this year, with nearly a third of new students coming from 25 different countries. Iliana Lazarova is one of those students, hailing from Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgaria and the Balkans in general are rarely represented within FES, so I was eager to sit down with Iliana to hear her perspective on the school.

Iliana did her undergraduate work in Sofia, studying international economic relations. She’s had an interest in the environment, and specifically in energy, for some time. “I realized that we all live in the same place,” she told me, speaking about her revelation about the nature of environmental problems.  After college, Iliana worked for Teach for Bulgaria, a program modeled after Teach for America. Through that work, she came to see the…

Hello from New Haven!

Hello from New Haven! I’m Jules, a first-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) student here at F&ES and a new member of the admissions team.  I came to F&ES to learn more about coastal and marine policy and management, with the hopes of working with and managing marine protected areas.

I’m a Southern California native, and grew up exploring the beaches of Los Angeles, kayaking and snorkeling around the Channel Islands, and hiking the San Gabriel Mountains. In pursuit of my childhood dream to become a marine biologist, I left California for the east coast to study marine sciences, as well as biology and earth sciences at Boston University. While there, I had the opportunity to study coastal biogeochemical regimes in different parts of the US, coral reef dynamics…

LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF . . .

Hello! My name is Anne Haas and I am excited to be joining the admissions team! I am a joint Master of Environmental Management (MEM)/law (JD) student with Pace Law School. I am particularly interested in ecosystem conservation and management, ocean law and policy, and endangered species.

I am originally from the Southern Maine Coast; I spent many childhood summers exploring tide pools, building sand castles, and braving the cold ocean water. After high school, I traded the Atlantic Ocean for the Great Lakes. I attended Lake Forest College just north of Chicago where I majored in environmental studies and French and minored in biology. College provided a number of new and exciting experiences: I studied abroad in

New Student Profile: Nathan Hall

On a bright afternoon two days after the beginning of classes, first-year student Nathan Hall took some time to sit down with me outside Kroon Hall to talk about the path that has led him to FES. He was born and raised in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky.  His family has lived there since the revolutionary war. But the region has faced considerable challenges in modern times. “I’m from the most unhealthy and poorest congressional district in the US,” said Nathan. “It’s had a monolithic extractive economy for some time,” he continued, pointing out the detrimental effects this has had on both environment and economy. Growing up there, his primary goal was to escape. He moved to Louisville as a teenager, and it was there that he became aware of…

New Student Profile: Pamela Soto

Pamela Soto is the sole graduate of Yale College in this year’s first-year class at FES. She is in the 5-year program, which allows Yale College students to complete their degree at FES in just a year. Pamela deferred a year before coming to FES and returned to her hometown of New York City to work with the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. She worked in communications for the Bronx River Alliance, which focuses on the ecological restoration of the Bronx River. They’re working on acquiring parkland along the river and turning it bit by bit into a greenway. Pamela did outreach and helped to create maps of parkland in the Bronx.

Pamela was an Environmental Studies major and focused on international environmental policy. Since the EVST…

New Student Profile: James Albis

James Albis has roots in the New Haven area. Born at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he grew up and currently lives in East Haven. His family has a long history of community involvement. His mom was a teacher and then served on the East Haven Board of Education. His father helped run mayoral campaigns, and was himself elected Judge of Probate in East Haven. Their work inspired James to become involved in local politics. He has served as a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly since 2011. As a state politician, James has been very active in environmental issues.  He was appointed vice chairman of the Environment Committee, and serves on the Speaker’s Taskforce on Shoreline Preservation.

James studied economics at NYU before becoming a state representative. He became…

New Student Profile: Dr. Albert Barume

On a warm August morning, the day before the start of fall semester classes, I sat down to chat with Dr. Albert Barume, a member of this year’s incoming class. Albert is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but has spent the last four and a half years working for the UN in Geneva as part of the International Labor Organization, where he worked on indigenous and tribal issues. He has a long history of working for indigenous people’s rights. He has a PhD in international human rights law with a focus in minority and indigenous rights. Prior to his time at the UN, he worked for several years in Congo on a project to create community forest legislation. This legislation, he told me, has finally…

Introducing our New Recruiter: Recent Alum Maclovia Quintana

 

Greetings!

My name is Maclovia Quintana, and I’m the new recruiter for the FES admissions office. I graduated from FES this past May with a Masters in Environmental Science, and this fall I’ll be meeting with prospective students on campus and in cities across the US in order to let you all know about the great opportunities available at FES and about how to apply!

I grew up in Santa Fe, NM, but I did my undergrad degree at Yale College, so I’ve been in New Haven for quite a while now. My academic focus at FES was on small-scale agriculture in northern New Mexico. Working with Professor Carol Carpenter, I used environmental anthropology as a lens to approach the question of how small-scale farming in…

National Geographic: F&ES Grad Discusses China's Role in the Ivory Trade

Before graduating from F&ES last month, Gao Yufang M.E.Sc. ’14 focused his studies on the global ivory trade, with an emphasis on the complex role of his native China.

Gao — who will return to China this month, along with two African conservationists, to explore the country’s ivory markets — recently spoke with National Geographic about the complexities of the ivory market and the role of young people in curbing the slaughter of Africa’s elephants.

He also talks about why he decided to focus on this issue in the first place.

When I came to Yale in September 2012, everyone was talking about ivory trade. As a Chinese in the U.S. who understood how the conservation community in China works, I was seeing a great gap…