2019 Research Conference Showcases Scholarship of F&ES Students, Postdocs

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More than 60 students and postdoctoral associates from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) this week will share their innovative and cutting-edge research during the 35th annual F&ES Research Conference.
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The two-day event, which will be held on April 11 and 12, allows F&ES researchers to present original work on a range of topics, from low-carbon energy solutions to human-wildlife interactions, from the challenges of urbanization to changes in plant-based ecosystems.
The conference will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday with an opening keynote address by Dawn Wright, chief scientist at Oregon State University’s Environmental Systems Research Institute, in Burke Auditorium. Wright is a pioneer in GIS technology as applied to oceanography and geography. Her talk, “The Perils and Promise of Data Science for Environmental Scholarship, will be followed by a poster session and welcome reception on the third floor of Kroon Hall.
Then, on Friday, student and postdoc research will take center stage during a daylong series of panel discussions, oral presentations, and five-minute “flash talks.”
Also on Friday, members of the F&ES faculty — including Liza Comita, assistant professor of tropical forest ecology; Amity Doolittle, senior lecturer and research scientist; and Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology and Senior Associate Dean of Research at F&ES (and another surprise guest) — will deliver “UpGoer5”-style presentations, which allow use of onlythe 1,000 most common words, an exercise that promotes simpler science communication.
At 4 p.m., Jane Zelikova, co-founder of 500 Women Scientists and a research scientist at the University of Wyoming, will deliver a closing keynote address, “Living at the Intersection of Climate Science and Action.” An ecologist, she is interested in the impacts of environmental change on natural and managed ecosystems.
Afterward, at 5:30 p.m., an awards reception will be held in the Great Hall of the nearby Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Wright and Zelikova, the two keynote speakers, will also meet with attendees during a pair of lunchtime Q&A “salons,” during which the community can ask questions about their research, science communication, and their career paths.

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“The Research Conference is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the scholarship of research degree students and postdocs at the F&ES community,” said Kyra Prats, a doctoral candidate at F&ES and co-organizer of the conference. “As master’s students, doctoral students and postdocs at F&ES, we all work with such different systems and in different places around the world, but the Research Conference is a chance for the entire community to come together and share our work.”
For the second consecutive year, the conference organizers are also working with Yale Pathways to Science, a Yale project that encourages and supports promising young scholars to pursue careers in the sciences. During the conference, local students will attend sessions and meet with participants.