Ecosystem Management and Conservation

Our Vision

This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful stewards of the environment, to ensure that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes. Stewardship ensures that ecosystems are resilient and thereby have enduring capacity to be productive.  It further means ensuring that species within ecosystems—the mindboggling variety of microbes and plants and animals—can fulfill their biological natures and functional roles as interdependent members of ecosystems in support of human and nonhuman life alike.


Specialization Coordinator

Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford’s work focuses on the health, biology, ecology and carbon storage potential of forest, grassland and agricultural soils. He is interested in developing knowledge that allows us to predict how environmental change and management will affect the rates of carbon stabilization and decomposition processes, and hence how the size of soil organic carbon stores change in space and time. Such quantitative knowledge is necessary to connect impacts on soils to consequences for society and the environment, and to inform efforts that seek to better manage soils to restore the benefits they provide. The overall goal of his research is to provide the mechanistic understanding and data necessary for reliable prediction of global change impacts on ecosystems, their feedbacks to the carbon cycle-climate system, and to inform the sustainable management of a productive agriculture.

Teaching Faculty

Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.

Shimon C. Anisfeld

Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry

Mark S. Ashton

Senior Associate Dean of the Forest School; Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests

Jessica Bacher


Mark Bradford

Professor, Soils and Ecosystem Ecology

Carol Carpenter

Senior Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in Natural Resource Social Science and Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology

Susan G. Clark

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences

Liza Comita

Associate Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

Michael R. Dove

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology; Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology Peabody Museum; Co-Coordinator, Joint F&ES/Anthropology Doctoral Program; Chair Council on Southeast

Marlyse Duguid

Thomas G Siccama Lecturer
Associate Research Scientist
Director of Research—Yale Forests

Justin Farrell

Associate Professor of Sociology

Eli Fenichel

Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Bradford S. Gentry

Senior Associate Dean of Professional Practice; Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice of Forest Resources Management and Policy; Co-Director of the Center for Business & the Environment

Timothy G. Gregoire

J. P. Weyerhaeuser, Jr., Professor of Forest Management

Morgan Grove


Robert Klee


David Kooris


William Lauenroth

Professor in the Practice

Anthony Leiserowitz

Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)

Jennifer Marlon

Research Scientist

Robert O. Mendelsohn

Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor, School of Management

Simon Queenborough

Musser Director of Tropical Resources Institute, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Oswald J. Schmitz

Senior Associate Dean of Research & Director of Doctoral Studies; Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology

Andrew Schwarz


Marjorie Shansky


Charles Dana Tomlin

Professor (Adjunct)

Amy Vedder


Bill Weber


Stephen Wood

Associate Research Scientist Lecturer