Three Members of F&ES Faculty Appointed to Endowed Professorships

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Michelle Bell, James Saiers, and David Skelly

The Yale Corporation has approved the recommendation of Yale President Peter Salovey and Dean Peter Crane to appoint three members of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies faculty to prestigious endowed professorships in the School.

During the F&ES Leadership Council on April 24, President Salovey announced that James Saiers was appointed the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology, that David Skelly was named the Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology, and that Michelle Bell was named the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health.

Saiers, Professor of Hydrology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, studies natural processes and human activities that affect the quality and supply of freshwater. 

Skelly, Professor of Ecology, studies the ecological mechanisms of animal distributions and how to develop the means to apply that understanding to conservation and management. He is also the Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. 

Bell, Professor of Environmental Health, studies the link between human health and atmospheric systems. She holds secondary appointments with the Yale School of Public Health and with the Yale Environmental Engineering Program.

“All three of these colleagues are valued members of the F&ES community,” said Dean Crane. “As these appointments recognize, they are also among the most distinguished faculty in the entire Yale community.”