Forty-nine master’s students, doctoral students, and postdocs from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) community presented their research during the 34th
annual F&ES Research Conference held at Kroon Hall on April 20.
In a day-long series of events the researchers highlighted their innovative, original scholarship in a range of different formats, including panel discussions, short oral presentations, and poster sessions.
Four doctoral candidates delivered oral presentations in “Up-Goer Five-speak” — or, using language limited to the 1,000 most common words (or, in ten-hundred words; “one-thousand’ is not among of the most common words), an exercise that promotes simpler science communication.
The various formats allowed presenters to share their research in a range of dynamic settings and built around specific themes — and to crowded rooms.
“The conference was a great success,” said Julia Monk
, a doctoral candidate and co-organizer of the conference. “It’s such a great opportunity to see what other people at F&ES are doing. That’s one of the benefits of being at an interdisciplinary school and program: you get exposed to all these radically different fields but when you’re in the midst of your research you don’t always interact with those other fields or researchers.”
“So it’s great to bring everyone in the community together.”
In addition to integrating master’s and doctoral researchers, the events once again involved faculty and staff members — including representatives from the School’s centers and programs — who served as panel moderators and judges.
During the conference the School awarded Mary Rogalski
’15 Ph.D. the fifth annual F. Herbert Bormann Prize, which honors an F&ES doctoral student whose work best exemplifies the late professor’s legacy of interdisciplinary research by creating insights into the relationship between humans and the environment.
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Using “resurrection ecology” and lake sediment archives, Rogalski was able to determine that a tiny freshwater crustacean, known as Daphnia
, actually became more
sensitive to heavy metals as concentrations increased over time— contrary to her expectations.