Overhead view of a forest being restored from fire
Canopy Magazine
Gracie Bachmann ’23 MF working an active wildland fire at night

The Fire Paradox: A Threat, But Part of the Solution

YSE alumni are combining innovative forest restoration treatments with traditional land management methods to make ecosystems more resilient to destructive wildfires.

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News Briefs

The Coral Vita team holding the award

Coral Vita Wins Earthshot Prize

Coral Vita, the world’s first commercial land-based coral farming company for reef restoration founded by Sam Teicher ’15 MEM and Gator Halpern ’15 MEM, was named a winner of the inaugural Earthshot Prize.

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Photo of houses on Indigenous land in the US West

Research Updates

In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of researchers led by YSE Professor of Sociology Justin Farrell found that Indigenous nations across the U.S. have lost 98.9% of their historical land base and this land dispossession is associated with current and future climate risks.

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Student researcher writing in a notebook in a wooded area of the Everglades

Exploring the Depths of Water’s Role in Climate Change

Aquatic ecosystems play an essential role in the greenhouse gas emissions cycle. Water bodies can sequester carbon — and they can also release emissions. Reducing these emissions and exploring ways of increasing their potential for carbon uptake is at the center of new climate research at YSE.

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Wan Ping Chua at wearing YSE gear at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Life(cycle) and Times of a YSE T-Shirt

When it came time to design and source more sustainable school swag for YSE and The Forest School, Wan Ping Chua ’21 MEM and Leah Wise ’22 DIV had a perfect combination of skills and experience to undertake research based on a life cycle assessment approach (LCA).

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Alumni News

Dechen Dorji in the mountains of Bhutan

2021 YSE Alumni Association Award Winners

From Bhutan’s national parks to Brazil’s tropical forests to U.S. college campuses, 2021 YSE Alumni Association Award winners — Dechen Dorji, Daniel Piotto, and Nan Jenks-Jay — are making a difference for the health of our planet. 

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Oakleigh Thorne holding a yellow-headed blackbird

Catching Up with Classmates

Personal and professional news and updates from YSE's more than 5,500 alumni around the world.

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In Memoriam

Thomas E. Lovejoy ’63 BA, ’71 PhD

(1941–2021) Conservation biologist known for his decades-long field research on deforestation in the Amazon, inventing “debt for nature” swaps, and promoting the term “biological diversity.”

Allen U. Bedell ’66 MF

(1938–2022) Instrumental in adopting the National Log-A-Load for Kids Program, which has raised over $10,000,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Robert S. Bond ’52 MF

(1925–2021) Served 21 years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Forestry Department, and for 10 years as director of the School of Forest Resources at Penn State.