TRI Staff

TRI Director

Simon Queenborough

Simon A. Queenborough is the Mrs. John (Elizabeth W.) Musser Director of the Tropical Resources Institute, Lecturer and Research Scientist in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Dr. Queenborough is a botanical ecologist whose work focuses on how individuals, species and communities (including humans) interact over ecological and evolutionary time. Over the past 15 years, he has spent long periods in the field in Latin America and Europe, carrying out long-term research on plant population dynamics in old-growth tropical forests and managed arable farming communities. Current research interests include understanding mechanisms of diversity, breeding systems and resource allocation, and quantitative methods in population dynamics. Current teaching interests include tropical field courses, statistical analyses in the software R, and the graphical presentation of data.

TRI Program Coordinator

Devon Parish

Devon Parish brings to Yale over six years of experience in nonprofit administration and development across a variety of sectors. She worked on the fundraising team for the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and is passionate about issues of environmental justice, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation. She has a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and an M.A. in International Development from Eastern University. As an undergraduate, she studied tropical ecology in Belize and has since returned to the oceans, forests, and caves of the Caribbean multiple times to observe, explore, and play.

2015-2016 Student Assistants / Editors

Bart DiFiore

Bart DiFiore grew up in the coastal town of Gloucester, MA and graduated with a B.A. in Biology and English from Middlebury College in 2010.  Since that time he has worked as a farmer, fisherman, and writer.  He is currently pursuing a Master's degree at Yale F&ES, dividing his interests between the terrestrial and the marine.  His research will focus on trophic regime shifts and the complex interplay humans have in driving or mediating these shifts.

Allyza Lustig

Allyza Lustig is a first year Master of Environmental Management student. Prior to joining the F&ES community, she worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (Earth Institute, Columbia University), where she focused on the development/delivery of climate services for adaptation. She also interned at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and worked on water management and conflict resolution in Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. At F&ES, Allyza plans to focus on climate change adaptation, capacity building, and climate-induced conflict/migration. Allyza graduated from Barnard College in 2011 with a B.A. in Environmental Policy.

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