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.


* 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 1pm-2:15pm

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 260a / EVST 260a, Structure, Function, and Development of Vascular Plants Graeme Berlyn

Morphogenesis and adaptation of trees from seed formation and germination to maturity. Physiological and developmental processes associated with structural changes in response to environment are discussed from both a phylogenetic and an adaptive point of view.  SC
MW 4pm-5:15pm

* 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
W 9:25am-11:15am

* 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.
MW 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 327a / ENVE 327a / G&G 327a, Atmospheric Chemistry Nadine Unger

The chemical and physical processes that determe the composition of the atmosphere; implications for climate, ecosystems, and human welfare. Origin of the atmosphere; photolysis and reaction kinetics; atmospheric transport of trace species; stratospheric ozone chemistry; tropospheric hydrocarbon chemistry; oxidizing power, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and carbon cycles; interactions between chemistry, climate, and biosphere; aerosols, smog, and acid rain. Prerequisites: CHEM 115 or 118, and MATH 120, or equivalents. ENAS 194 recommended.  QR, SC

* F&ES 344a or b / EVST 344a or b, Aquatic Chemistry Staff

A detailed examination of the principles governing chemical reactions in water. Emphasis on developing the ability to predict the aqueous chemistry of natural, engineered, and perturbed systems based on a knowledge of their biogeochemical setting. Calculation of quantitative solutions to chemical equilibria. Focus on inorganic chemistry. Topics include elementary thermodynamics, acid-base equilibria, alkalinity, speciation, solubility, mineral stability, redox chemistry, and surface complexation reactions.  SC

* 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 / EVST 422a, Climate and Society from Past to Present Michael Dove

The history of thinking regarding climate and society. Climate theory from the classical era and the Enlightenment; modern anthropological literature on social and environmental change, climatic vulnerability and control, and climate knowledge and its circulation.  SO
Th 2:30pm-4:20pm