A Message from the Dean

Since its founding, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has been at the forefront of bringing the best science to resource management, tackling environmental challenges through our scholarship and by creating leaders. Today we continue to build on this rich legacy by providing world-leading research, teaching, and public engagement that aim to create a more sustainable world. Graduates of our programs have become leaders all over the world in guiding environmental decisions.

Now in its second century, the School addresses a broad range of issues related to the health of the planet and human-environment interactions. Our academic programs provide a balance of interdisciplinary breadth, focused areas of study, and professional skills development. These programs, along with our strong relationships with schools and programs across Yale and around the world, enable our students to understand the scale of today’s challenges, and to become leaders in addressing these and the unforeseen challenges of the future.

Our alumni—5,100 and counting—are tackling the increasingly complex environmental, social, and economic challenges of the twenty-first century in all corners of the world. They work in NGOs, government, business, academia, law, public health, and communications. They also maintain vital connections to the School; the F&ES alumni network provides valuable mentorship and support to our students as they prepare for their own professional challenges.

In 2017 the School unveiled an ambitious new Strategic Plan that has brought renewed focus on our shared mission and outlined priorities for the next five years. Among the plan’s critical goals were the development of new curricula that track our current and evolving strengths; increased programs and hiring to address environmental equity and diversity issues; a new emphasis on research and training in environmental communication; and expanded interdisciplinary research. We’ve made exciting strides on all these fronts, including a new curriculum for our Master of Environmental Management program, introduced last year, that places more emphasis on subject specialization while maintaining our signature flexibility; the introduction of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication; and the creation of the Yale Environmental Dialogue, an initiative that has engaged environmental leaders from a wide range of disciplines and sectors to inject new ideas and fresh energy into the national conversation on environmental policy. During your time here, we will be working to develop and strengthen our other key strategic initiatives—environmental data, urban science, and environmental health and justice. You will have the opportunity to work with us as we do this.

The challenges we face require ever greater levels of innovative scholarship and leadership. Together we will work to broaden and deepen the School’s impact, provide global leadership on the range of issues we address, and promote an inclusive community both at our School and across the greater environmental field.

Our vision statement says it all: we aim to provide knowledge and leadership for a sustainable future. We invite you to be a part of this work.


Ingrid C. Burke
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies