F&ES 2015 Talent Show!

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.

Fall Advice

It’s officially fall at F&ES! I am surrounded by beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, and…the pre-Thanksgiving craziness!

It seems like yesterday was shopping period and I was frantically trying to choose my classes. Today I am hurriedly working on final projects and problem sets. The time has flown by. The past couple months have been filled with returning to “school” mode, working on group projects, and making some wonderful new friends.

This is also a time for reflection, as I am already a fourth of the way through my graduate degree. I polled some of my friends about advice they might have for new students and how to best tackle the fall semester at FES.

“Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all.” – Britain Richardson, MEM…

Energy at F&ES

F&ES is a great place to be if you’re interested in energy. In just two months there have been countless opportunities to get involved in the energy sphere, including career events, classes, and speakers on campus.

A few weeks ago I officially signed my return contract to NRG, so I’m not one to frequent many career events. However, I did go to the ​FES/SOM ​Energy Networking Night hosted at the School of Management a few weeks ago.​ There were seven employers present: Eversource​, ​CT Green Bank​, ​Coalition for Green Capital​, ​KEEA​, ​EDF Climate Corps​, ​PA Consulting​, and ​CT DEEP​. It was fun to get dressed up and schmooze with representatives from these organizations.​​​ ​And of course, I enjoyed eating bounties of cheese and drinking wine with my fellow energy-minded…

Tracking phosphorus in aquaculture: Identifying losses and potential for recycling

Phosphorus (P) scarcity is the subject of
considerable research and debate. P studies, however, have yet to include the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, thus eliminating the possibility of assessing their relative importance and identifying opportunities for recycling. A recent study looks at flows of phosphorus in fisheries, aquaculture, and agriculture in Norway.
Results indicate that, contrary to most other countries where agriculture dominates, in Norway, aquaculture and agriculture drive P consumption and losses. This suggests that there are opportunities P recycling across sectors that could help address the mineral P demands of agriculture.

The research also illustrates the value of material flow analysis and systems perspectives that are at the heart of industrial ecology.  See the article in Yale F&ES’s Journal of Industrial Ecology at http://bit.ly/JIE-P-fish.

Summer as a Master of Forestry Student

The Master of Forestry (MF) degree trains students for professional careers in forest resource policy and management, and prepares them to work in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Students spend the summer in between their first and second years at F&ES completing internships in the field, gaining experience and learning to be leaders in forest management. Below are a few of their stories from summer 2015.

 

Yoni Glogower: Great Mountain, CT

Yoni spent this summer creating a field book characterizing the natural and human history of the Great Mountain Forest in Northwestern Connecticut. Using historical maps and land inventories, Yoni interpreted interesting sites, comparing forest compositions, land use histories, and unique natural communities, like lichen-covered balds, bogs, and wildflower-covered talus slopes. Yoni is completing a…

Charlie Chaplin from the movie, Modern Times.  The image evokes the coevolution of production systems and people and how individuals cannot easily influence social metabolism which follows its own inner dynamic. The analysis of social metabolism reflects the need to go beyond individual choice and consider social choices through which unsustainable systems can be rearranged or replaced by sustainable ones.  Image credit: Modern Times © Roy Export S.A.S. Scan Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna”

The Journal of Industrial Ecology, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, owned by Yale and based at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has just published a special issue, Frontiers in Socioeconomic Metabolism (see bit.ly/JIE-SEM).  The title is a bit daunting, but topic is compelling, and worthy of some explanation.

In 1994, Robert White, then the president of the US National Academy of Engineering, identified the emergence of a new field, industrial ecology. He described industrial ecology as

the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, of the effects of these flows on the environment, of the…

At F&ES, when professors say they are teaching a certain topic or skill “that will be useful to you in the real world,” it’s a reminder that we are here not just to learn technical information, but to develop the capabilities we need to work in dynamic settings.

Since the beginning of MODS and well into the school year, I have worked in many groups and this is not a coincidence. By design, our classes and extracurricular activities require us to work together to solve problems, be it small or large. The expectation is that by training us in this setting, we will be ready to dive right into any professional team environment after graduation.

Recently, I have realized this training has taught me more than just working…

Diverse Events at Yale F&ES

As a first-year MESc (’17) student and member of the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee here at Yale F&ES, I can tell you that we’ve had a busy few weeks here on campus. A sample of some recent F&ES diversity-related activities you might have missed:

Reverend Lennox Yearwood and the Hip-Hop Caucus
On Tuesday, September 29, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hip Hop Caucus, spoke in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES speaker series Diverse Voices: Environmental Leaders on Climate Change. In a rousing sermon that inspired a standing ovation, Reverend Yearwood drew connections for the audience among energy generation from fossil fuels, racist responses to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, asthma and air pollution in communities of color…