“Like many others at Yale, we are very interested in exploring the opportunities brought by the world of online education,” said F&ES Dean Peter Crane
. “We already offer several courses with integrated technology to students in F&ES. Offering these online courses to our own alumni is the next logical step in making these valuable opportunities available to a wider audience.
“These courses seem particularly appropriate since so many of our graduates are actively engaged in both these areas.”
The “Tropical Restoration” course is taught by F&ES Professor Mark Ashton
’85 M.F. ’90 Ph.D. and two staff members at Yale’s Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI), Eva Garen
’97 M.E.M. ’05 Ph.D., and Gillian Bloomfield
’10 M.F.S., ELTI’s Director and Online Training Program Coordinator, respectively.
The “Himalayan Diversities” course is taught by Alark Saxena
’07 M.E.M., ’15 Ph.D., an F&ES lecturer and director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative; Mark Turin
, associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia and former director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative; and Kamaljit Bawa
, a professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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The “Tropical Restoration” course builds on the international capacity-building work conducted by the F&ES-based Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI), which provides field-based and online training opportunities to a range of stakeholders in the world’s tropical regions.
Since 2013, the School has offered the same online course for environmental professionals, policy-makers, and landholders across Latin America and Asia. So far, the online course has been offered in three languages, reaching a wide range of practitioners in 24 countries. Previous versions of the online course have attracted a range of professionals, from city government workers to those working for NGOs, and from recent university graduates to people who have been working in the environmental sector for years.
The instructors explain that there is no single “cookbook” approach to restoring forests and the critical ecosystem services they provide. Instead, the course provides a process for analyzing the ecological conditions, disturbance history, sociopolitical and cultural aspects, and monitoring strategies that are appropriate for different locations.