Gordon Geballe

Gordon T. Geballe

Emeritus Lecturer in Urban Ecology

Gordon Geballe in interested in the environmental issues facing individuals
and society. A large percentage of people live in cities.  These systems are major natural resource consumers and pollution exporters.  The future of wild organisms and pristine land would be more secure if cities handled energy and matter more conservatively. 
”Redesigning the American Lawn - A Search for Environmental Harmony”, written by Herbert Bormann, Diana Balmori and Gordon Geballe is a call to action.  The book asks each lawn owner to consider that his or her lawn is connected to the great environmental crises of our times. With this understanding the book presents strategies for acting locally by reducing fertilizer and pesticide use and by reducing the planting of grass.
Since the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 through 2014, Geballe and Gary Desir, MD, taught Haiti: Sustainable Development in a Post-Disaster Context through the Yale Schools of Public Health and Forestry & Environmental Studies.  The spring course introduced graduate students to Haiti and its chronic disease and environmental issues.  With l’Hoptial Albert Schweitzer, the Haitian host, the class has contributed ideas on diabetes, hypertension, agroforestry and sanitations issues. This course continues as an undergraduate seminar Haiti: towards sustainable development.
Geballe, is a native of California who grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Connecticut.  He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and his Ph.D. at Yale University in Biology in 1981. 
He is past President of the Board of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, a state-wide public interest environmental law firm, and past President of the Board of Dwight Hall at Yale, an independent non-profit that fosters public service by Yale undergraduates. He also serves on the board of New Haven Urban Resources Initiative and is chair of the board of the International Festival for Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT.
Mr. Geballe is married to Shelley Diehl Geballe JD, MPH. They have 3 children, 3 fabulous daughters-in-law and 8 grandchildren.

I currently am interested in sustainability issues that are faced by small island developing states (SIDS). A current hypothesis is that development must proceed in the context of climate change, especially rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and intensity. How should cities grow? How should ecotoursism develop? How can human populations be protected?

International Organizations and Conferences will be taught Fall 2009. The focus will be the Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.


B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Ph.D., Yale University

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