Forestry and Environmental Studies

Program adviser: John Wargo, 124 KRN, 432-5123,

The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is primarily a graduate and professional program designed to train leaders to solve worldwide environmental problems and to provide new understanding of local and global environments through interdisciplinary research in the natural and social sciences. The School offers numerous courses to undergraduates in Environmental Studies, and undergraduates from any major can take courses in the School. Those undergraduates with significant interest should contact the School's undergraduate program adviser to discuss a joint degree program that allows Yale College students to earn both a bachelor's degree from Yale College and an M.E.M. degree from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in five years. For more information on the joint program, see the School's Web site. Most graduate-level courses are open to qualified undergraduates. Listings and detailed descriptions of these courses are available in the bulletin of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and most also appear in the online bulletin of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Information about the programs of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies may be found on the School's Web site. Most lectures and symposia are open to undergraduates, and a calendar of events is also posted on the School's Web site.


* F&ES 020a / EVST 020a, Sustainable Development in Haiti Gordon Geballe

The principles and practice of sustainable development explored in the context of Haiti's rich history and culture, as well as its current environmental and economic impoverishment. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.  WR
TTh 9am-10:15am

F&ES 245b / EVST 245b / PLSC 146b, Global Environmental Governance Benjamin Cashore

The development of international environmental policy and the functioning of global environmental governance. Critical evaluation of theoretical claims in the literature and the reasoning of policy makers. Introduction of analytical and theoretical tools used to assess environmental problems. Case studies emphasize climate, forestry, and fisheries.  SO
MW 4pm-5:15pm

F&ES 255b / EVST 255b / PLSC 215b, Environmental Politics and Law John Wargo

Exploration of the politics, policy, and law associated with attempts to manage environmental quality and natural resources. Themes of democracy, liberty, power, property, equality, causation, and risk. Case histories include air quality, water quality and quantity, pesticides and toxic substances, land use, agriculture and food, parks and protected areas, and energy.  SO
TTh 10:30am-11:20am

* F&ES 261a / EVST 261a / G&G 261a, Minerals and Human Health Ruth Blake

Study of the interrelationships between Earth materials and processes and personal and public health. The transposition from the environment of the chemical elements essential for life. After one year of college-level chemistry or with permission of instructor; G&G 110 recommended.  SC
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm

* F&ES 275a / EVST 275a, Ecosystems Patterns and Processes Staff

Study of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. The use of concepts and data from these disciplines to predict and manage the impact of environmental changes on ecosystem services underlying the provisioning of resources such as food and clean water. Case studies of environmental changes include invasive species and changing climate. Undergraduate enrollment limited to 15.  SCRP

* F&ES 276La / EVST 276La, Laboratory for Ecosystems Patterns and Processes Peter Raymond

Field trips to interpret the ecosystem-level functions of a wide variety of natural landscapes. Must be taken concurrently with EVST 275a.  SCRP½ Course cr
F 12pm-3pm

* F&ES 285b / EVST 285b, Political Ecology: Nature, Culture, and Power Amity Doolittle

Study of the relationship between society and the environment. Global processes of environmental conservation, development, and conflicts over natural resource use; political-economic contexts of environmental change; ways in which understandings of nature are discursively bound up with notions of culture and identity.  SO
T 1:30pm-3:20pm

* F&ES 290b / EVST 290b, Geographic Information Systems Charles Tomlin

A practical introduction to the nature and use of geographic information systems (GIS) in environmental science and management. Applied techniques for the acquisition, creation, storage, management, visualization, animation, transformation, analysis, and synthesis of cartographic data in digital form.
T 9:25am-11:15am

F&ES 307a / EVST 307a, Organic Pollutants in the Environment Shimon Anisfeld

An overview of the pollution problems posed by toxic organic chemicals, including petroleum, pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, chlorinated solvents, and emerging contaminants. Processes governing the environmental fate of organic pollutants, e.g., evaporation, bioconcentration, sorption, and biodegradation. Technologies for prevention and remediation of organic pollution. No background in organic chemistry required.
TTh 1pm-2:15pm

F&ES 315a / E&EB 115a, Conservation Biology Linda Puth

An introduction to ecological and evolutionary principles underpinning efforts to conserve Earth's biodiversity. Efforts to halt the rapid increase in disappearance of both plants and animals. Discussion of sociological and economic issues.  SC
MW 10:30am-11:20am

* F&ES 320a / EVST 320a, International Environmental Law Nicholas Robinson

Examination of how nations negotiate, establish, and implement international environmental law and how the United Nations and other international agencies function. Simulated negotiations; discussion of diplomatic negotiations regarding climate change that occur during the term.  SO
T 9:25am-11:15am

* F&ES 384a / ANTH 382a / EVST 345a, Environmental Anthropology Carol Carpenter

History of the anthropological study of the environment: nature-culture dichotomy, ecology and social organization, methodological debates, politics of the environment, and knowing the environment.  SO
Th 9:25am-11:15am

* F&ES 422a / ANTH 409a / ER&M 394 / EVST 422a, Climate and Society from Past to Present Michael Dove

The history of scholarly thinking on the relationship between climate and society, focusing on the social sciences in general and on anthropology in particular. Historical theories about climate and society since the beginning of human civilization; the importance of such theories for understanding contemporary debates about climate change. Special attention to current debates regarding climate politics and science denial.  SO
Th 3:30pm-5:20pm