TRI encourages students to work with partner organisations or institutions to conduct their research. These organisations are often best-placed to identify questions that are among the most complex challenges confronting the conservation and management of tropical environments and natural resources, as well as projects that are achievable in one summer of research. TRI partners can also provide essential logistical support and advice for working in often remote areas of the world.
Below are partner institutions that have active research collaborations with TRI, and we encourage students to consider working this them. For related information about TRI research funding, see TRI Fellowships. Additional opportunities (not endorsed by TRI) are listed in Other Research Opportunities. Viewers may also wish to learn about current TRI Fellows and their work. Contact the TRI Program Managers for more information on these opportunities.
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) contributes to the conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in tropical regions of Latin America and Asia. ELTI achieves this by providing policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors from relevant sectors of society with the knowledge, tools, skills, and contacts to advance the protection and management of these systems. ELTI’s long-term field sites are ideal locations in which to conduct research that addresses key questions in the conservation and management of tropical resource and environments. Please see the links below for specific project suggestions.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) was created in 1998 to provide international leaders in the forest sector with an ongoing, multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) platform and process focused on developing mutual trust, a shared understanding, and collaborative solutions to challenges in achieving sustainable forest management and forest conservation around the world.
The goal of TFD is to reduce conflict among stakeholders over the use and protection of vital forest resources. Over the past twelve years, TFD has brought together more than 2,500 diverse leaders to work through compelling forest issues in what we call Initiatives. TFD utilizes the multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) model to progress from building trust among participants to achieving substantive, tangible outcomes. A primary reason for TFD’s success is that participants are committed to advocate for and work to implement those consensus-based outcomes. TFD is governed by a steering committee composed of a diverse group of individuals representing key stakeholder perspectives from around the world. Project details
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that works closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain a healthy environment—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.
The WRI Global Restoration Initiative has three projects that would benefit greatly from collaboration with Yale expertise.
Restoring lost forests and degraded lands is essential for human livelihoods and well-being, long-term food security, climate stability, and biodiversity conservation. In order to counteract land degradation and to improve livelihoods, we need to restore forests and increase the productivity of existing agricultural land at the same time. Only then can we create carbon intensive landscapes that are also diverse, productive, and resilient.
WRI’s Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) program aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being in deforested or damaged landscapes. Combining existing principles and techniques of development, conservation, and natural resource management, FLR integrates site-specific forest restoration activities with desired landscape-level objectives. WRI, in conjunction with its partners, is working to motivate, enable, and implement Forest and Landscape Restoration around the globe. Project details
The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigavion y Ensenanza (CATIE) is one of Latin America’s most well-respected institutions for education and applied work in sustainable agriculture, tropical natural resource management and rural development. CATIE has the oldest graduate program in agriculture and natural resources in Latin America (since 1946), and a training program with multiple course options, including the Cooperative Study Abroad Program. The institution has programs and professors studying a wide array of topics in sustainable agriculture and livestock, agroforestry, forest ecology and management, protected areas, value chains, watersheds and water resources, development practices, climate change science and planning—and it is home to dozens of programs that are putting this research to work to train professionals and improve the livelihoods of people throughout Central America.
Yale F&ES has a Memorandum of Understanding with CATIE. Under the CATIE-Yale F&ES agreement, interested students can: (1) Take a semester of graduate level courses at CATIE in any of the above topics (in Spanish); (2) Design and conduct research projects under the supervision of CATIE experts; (3) Propose an internship with one of CATIE’s dozens of applied programs throughout Central America or at headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica; or (4) Take advantage of CATIE’s facilities, which include laboratories, experimental farms and livestock operations, long-term permanent forest research plots, a botanical garden, tropical seed bank, and living facilities.
If you are interested in learning more about CATIE’s academic offerings, programs, or facilities, please explore the website. For a glimpse of the beautiful campus in Turrialba, watch this short flyover video. Individual researchers and projects have different capacity for interns and short-term research, so it is best to inquire directly with the program that interests you. F&ES alum can help you identify a point of contact with whom to explore options and craft a proposal and budget. A full list of courses is available upon request (in Spanish).