Books / Publications

  1. U.S. Rivers and Streams Saturated With Carbon

    The researchers assert that a significant amount of carbon contained in land, which first is absorbed by plants and forests through the air, is leaking into streams and rivers and then released into the atmosphere before reaching coastal waterways.
  2. Traditional ranching practices enhance African savanna

    That human land use destroys natural ecosystems is an oft-cited assumption in conservation, but ecologists have discovered that instead, traditional ranching techniques in the African savanna enhance the local abundance of wild, native animals. These results offer a new perspective on the roles humans play in natural systems, and inform ongoing discussions about land management and biodiversity conservation.
  3. The Science of Pollen

    The first time police used pollen to solve a crime was in Austria in 1959. A forensic scientist studying the mud on a murder suspect’s boot found what turned out to be a 20-million-year-old pollen grain from a hickory tree. That species no longer grew in Austria then. But investigators were able to locate a Miocene sediment outcrop on
  4. Streams and Rivers Breathing Carbon Dioxide

    streams and rivers breathing carbon dioxide
    Streams and rivers “breathe” carbon dioxide into the atmosphere because of their chemistry and the activities of aquatic life. But these waterways cover a relatively small slice of the Earth’s surface, so many researchers have ignored the processes involved while working out the complex puzzle known as the global carbon cycle, which is a key to understanding how the
  5. Science as a Foundation for Policy: The Case of Fracking

    Some research on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public health has yielded unexpected results — including findings that some expected risks have not materialized. The history of fracking offers important lessons on the proper role of science in environmental policy.
  6. New-Look Sage Magazine Available

    , a student-run magazine produced at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, arrived in buildings across campus this week. The spring 2015 issue comes with a new look and a bold ambition: to “expand environmentalism” through meaningful conversations about the world and our place in it.
  7. ‘Let the Rodent Do the Work’: Reflections of a Beaver Believer

    Author Ben Goldfarb ’13 M.E.M. says the near eradication of the once ubiquitous North American beaver had a profound impact on the continent’s landscapes and ecosystems. Now, he says, restoration of beaver populations can help humankind fight drought, improve water quality — even address climate change.