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Canopy Magazine
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Getting to Net Zero

Achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 will require bold action in nearly every sector of the economy. Meet seven members of the YSE community who are working on groundbreaking solutions that give us hope.

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News Briefs


Bekenstein Climate Leaders Program Expands Pathways to Climate Careers

An exciting gift from Anita and Josh Bekenstein ’80 established the university-wide program that is aimed at increasing the ranks of YSE and Yale graduates in climate leadership roles and accelerate climate action. 

Also in this issue: The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI) launches a comprehensive database detailing the careers and personal stories of environmental professionals of color; YCC En Español, an initiative of Yale Climate Connections, expands Spanish-language coverage of climate change and extreme weather events; YSE team awarded Energy Earthshot funding to study promising methods of natural carbon capture; and Urban Climate Leadership certificate program launches.

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An Inside Look at Beech Leaf Disease

A walk in the woods with his children inspired Professor Craig Broderson to investigate how beach leaf disease impacts leaves at the cellular level and determine a novel mechanistic explanation for the decline of the trees post-infection.

Plus, how much will it cost to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale; how climate change is affecting flower production in the Amazon, and a 100-year-old family forest in the Bronx provides a rare opportunity for scientists from The Forest School to study a century of changes of its composition.

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Rwanda: A Decade of Field Studies in Conservation

In 2013, as the McCluskey Fellow in Conservation, Amy Vedder first proposed a field trip to take master’s and doctoral students to Rwanda to see conservation in practice. This June, over a decade later, the 10th group of YSE students will visit Rwanda for a three-week field trip through the country to get a better understanding of the “complexities, the challenges, as well as the successes of conservation efforts.”

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Sparkle Malone

Gaining a Better Understanding of Natural Methane Emissions

Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Carbon Capture Sparkle Malone explains how improving our understanding of biogenic methane emissions can help us better predict and manage the effects of climate change in the future.

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Alumni News

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2023 YSE Alumni Association Award Winners

Meet the accomplished alumni who were recognized at YSE Reunion 2023 for their outstanding environmental work — including restoring the largest estuary in the U.S., helping Indigenous communities gain a larger role in firefighting and land management, and protecting many thousands of acres of ecologically significant lands in South Carolina.

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Catching Up with Classmates

Personal and professional news and updates from YSE's more than 5,800 alumni around the world.

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In Memoriam

Graeme P. Berlyn

(1933 – 2024) A world-renowned expert on the anatomy and physiology of plants and trees who taught at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) for more than 60 years. Professor Berlyn, was not only “an exemplary scholar but also a guiding light for many of us.”

Jared Leigh “Jerry” Cohon

(1947 – 2024) Served as the dean of the Yale School of the Environment (then F&ES) from 1992-1997. He was the first non-forester to hold the position and helped to create the foundation of the school YSE is today. After leaving Yale, Cohon served as the eighth president of Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 to 2013.

Phillip “Flip” Dibner ’70, ’75 MFS

(1948 – 2023) After many years working in the technology industry in Silicon Valley, Flip returned to his environmental interests in the early 2000s as a consultant working with the Open Geospatial Consortium and others to make ecological data available and interoperable across many different platforms.