By Elizabeth Tokarz, 2015 TRI Fellow in Ecuador
How I came to be Heli Eli. (Note. In Spanish, the “H” is silent, making the pronunciation of the nickname ellie-ellie.)
It all started when I was looking for an herbaceous species to survey this summer. Yasuní National Park in Orellana, Ecuador is one of the sites of a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute plot, monitored with a tree census every five or so years. However, as comprehensive as this census is, hundreds of plant species are overlooked, notably herbaceous species. Though I was originally vying for the nickname “Herbaceous Eli,” I opted to zero in on the Heliconia genus to make the census more realistic, considering I planned to head the project myself. The Heliconia species not only display beautiful…
By Nina Horstman, 2015 TRI Fellow in Indonesia
It is July in East Kalimantan and the merica (Piper nigrum) harvest has begun. White peppercorns are heaped onto mats to dry in the sunshine, their spicy, dusty scent filling the air. July also brings Ramadan to Indonesia, the holy month of fasting in the world’s most populous Islamic nation. The pace of daily life has turned sluggish, as villagers wait in the dim shade of their homes until the muezzin’s plangent cry signals that they can break their fast. This slack in farming activity has, in fact, proved advantageous for my research; it means that more people are in their homes during the day, willing to welcome me to chat or be interviewed.
The Baltimore Earth Stewardship Initiative (ESI), a Yale-led project that aims to strengthen the role of ecologists in urban planning design, is looking for graduate research fellows and assistants to help coordinate and run a large-scale demonstration project during the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in August.
The initiative is part of the ESA’s broader stewardship goal to shape pathways to ecological change that enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being. The Baltimore team will help create a series of installations and workshops at the 100th annual meeting of the ESA, being held Aug. 9 to 14 in Baltimore.
The team is looking for graduate research fellows to serve as leaders, organizers, and “documenters” of the event, as well as research assistants and design students interested…
With only three days of classes remaining this spring, F&ES masters students are preparing to embark on summer internship and research experiences that will take them all over the country, and all over the world. Incoming students often wonder what sort of agencies, organizations, and firms F&ES students intern with and how they go about securing their internship. I hope that sharing my own experience will help to shed some light on this process.
Next month, I will be heading to Apia, Samoa to spend ten weeks interning with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). SPREP is an intergovernmental organization charged with the protection and sustainable development of the region’s environment. I will be
The other weekend, when snow still covered the ground at Yale-Myers Forest, nine students were trained in the art of chainsaw safety and tree felling. Otherwise known as the “Game of Logging,” this daylong Level One workshop began with an introduction to the chainsaw, its mechanics and functions, and ended with each student donning PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and cutting down a tree.
There is a tremendous amount of thought and calculation behind tree felling. Expert loggers navigate in seconds what we novices walked through in minutes. The Game of Logging philosophy celebrates proper chainsaw technique, safety, and skill as a way to achieve higher productivity and efficiency.
Last week, the Office of Admissions hosted over 100 admitted students (admits) at F&ES for our annual Admitted Students Open House. Many admits were accommodated by current students, and all were invited to a number of events, including panel discussions with current students and faculty, chats with students of certain disciplines, meetings with professors, and talks presented by F&ES’s support staff on financial aid, preparing to move to New Haven, and understanding more about the program generally. I, personally, had the pleasure of meeting many admits I’ve been corresponding with for the past couple of months and having a conversation face-to-face.
Most of the day’s events were broadcast live from Burke Auditorium in Kroon Hall, so that students unable to attend the orientation were able to watch from…
The admissions office has been receiving lots of questions from admitted students about specializations within the Masters of Environmental Management Program: Am I required to specialize? What are the benefits? Are there any drawbacks to declaring a specialization? I thought I would take a moment to weigh in.
First and foremost, students are NOT required to specialize. However, MEM students have the option to enroll in any of eight specializations, such as Business and the Environment, Ecosystem Conservation and Management, and Environmental Policy Analysis. For a full list of available specializations, visit our page on the MEM curriculum.
Most specializations require between 18 and 24 credits and share a similar overall structure, consisting of core courses, electives, and a capstone course or project. There is some flexibility…
This spring break, I traveled to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands for the course FES 729b: Caribbean Coastal Development: Cesium and CZM taught by faculty members Gaboury Benoit and Mary Beth Decker.
There are now fewer tigers in the wild than there are graduate students at Yale. Around 3,500 tigers, to be precise, dispersed throughout nine countries across Asia, and declining by the day. One of the greatest threats to tigers is retaliation from villagers after attacks on livestock. But to be fair, living with tigers in your backyard isn’t easy. Tiger attacks on livestock cause major income losses for pastoralists – up to 80 percent in some villages — threatening people’s livelihoods and personal safety. Yet this chain of conflict — cat kills cow, cow’s owner kills cat – is quickly emptying the jungles of the world’s most magnificent carnivore.
In an effort to curb this human-tiger conflict, I focused my Ph.D. on developing a tool to predict future attacks…
This coming application cycle, The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has decided to make a small but significant change to the application. This year, applicants to F&ES who do not identify as either male or female (or who might identify as both) will have the opportunity to apply as their preferred gender identity.
Danielle Curtis Dailey, F&ES’s Director of Enrollment Management, comments on the change: “We believe that it is essential that F&ES builds a diverse student body, in order to train leaders who will tackle the world’s toughest environmental problems. When we think about diversity, it is in the greatest sense of the word – race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, region of origin, interests, and so much more. We constantly strive to make sure that we…