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fall 2014
News and notes for alumni and friends
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In Fall 2014, we held a CANOPY cover photo contest. We encouraged second-year F&ES students to submit photos of their
summer projects. The winning photo on the cover was selected from many incredible submissions by F&ES students who
spent their summers engaged in projects around the world.
Winning Cover Photo Caption:
F&ES student Tara Meyer ’15 M.E.Sc., her Research Assistant Komil, and their local guide Nauralo at the top of Moura Pass in
Tajikistan's Hissar Mountain Range. Tara spent the summer there conducting the first ever camera and DNA-based survey
of snow leopards in this location.
“Leading this research project in Tajikistan allowed me to use scientific techniques I picked up through Research
Methods courses with Os Schmitz and Amity Doolittle, and gave me real world experience with designing, carrying out, and now analyzing an international research project which will be used to inform species management.
This is exactly the type of experience I chose to come to Yale F&ES for.” —Tara Meyer ’15 M.E.Sc.
Here are a few more of the photos of summer projects submitted by our inspiring students:
Left: Jose Pons spent two months in Patagonia, Argentina, investigating how water stored in glaciers, lakes, and soils is
likely to change from climate change in the future. This photo is of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Middle: Maha Qasim spent the
summer in Muza≠argarh, Pakistan, conducting household energy surveys in model villages with and without electricity
access. Right: Kristina Solheim researched private land reforestation in northwestern Peru, under the direction of Professor
Mark Ashton.
Now that you’ve seen a few examples of photos taken by current students of their research projects, we’d like our
alums to share their photos and stories too! Send in your best photo that represents the work you do and share your
current initiatives with the F&ES alumni community in a few sentences. We will select some of the submissions for
the spring edition of CANOPY, including the cover photo. We will also post additional photos and stories from our
alums within the alumni section of the F&ES website. Send your submissions to: [email protected]
CANOPY is published twice a year by the F&ES O≤ce of Development
and Alumni Services. CANOPY is designed to inform the Yale School of
Forestry & Environmental Studies community of alumni, friends and
supporters about the School’s activities, goals and achievements,
and to celebrate the community at large.
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Dear F&ES Alumni and Friends,
After spending the past thirteen years since obtaining my master’s degree working for non-profits focused on land
conservation, natural resources planning, and education in New England, I have been given the opportunity to return to
F&ES. My new role here will include facilitating and strengthening connections between our alumni across generations
and geographic areas, sharing the incredible projects alumni are engaged in with the F&ES worldwide community, serving
as a resource to our alumni at di≠erent stages of their careers, and providing our alums with opportunities to continue to
learn from F&ES and each other here on campus, in the field, and around the world.
F&ES’s over 4,500 alumni lead critically important initiatives and make a tremendous collective positive impact
worldwide. You will learn of just some of our alums’ projects in the Class Notes section of this magazine. You can read
a collection of alumni profiles on our website — — and more will be added. We will soon be
collecting and sharing stories and images of your work through the alumni photo contest described on the previous
page. We also plan to create a location map of our alums, both to visually depict the types of work alums are engaged in
around the world and to highlight potential opportunities for collaboration.
We are aiming to conduct a survey of our alums before the end of this year. We’d welcome your ideas for connecting,
engaging, supporting, and strengthening the vibrant and inspiring F&ES alumni community.
We hope you will pay a visit to campus soon and that you will drop by the alumni o≤ce on the second floor of Sage Hall
while you’re here — use it as your base for exploring, provide an update on your current endeavors, share your ideas for
strengthening alumni programs, and pick up this year’s edition of our alumni mug while they last. It has been a pleasure
to meet a number of our amazing alums in recent weeks and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the not too
distant future!
All the best,
Kristen Clothier ’98 B.S., ’01 M.F.
4 Leadership Council 2014
22 Honor Roll
6 Annual Report
30 Class Notes
8 2014 Commencement
43 Alumni Updates
16 Honors and Awards
44 In Memoriam
19 Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
48 Class of 2013 – Career Update
20 Alumni Association Board
50 F&ES Resources
Tim Northrop ’03 M.E.M., Director
Kristin Floyd, Associate Director
Kristen Clothier ’01 M.F., Assistant Director
Zoe Keller, O≤cer
Brian Gillis, Coordinator
Emily Blakeslee, Sr. Administrative Assistant
Designer: ChenDesign
Contributing Photographers:
Kike Calvo, Matthew Garrett, Peter Otis, and F&ES students
Contributing Writer:
Kevin Dennehy
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leadership council 2014
disaster resiliency:
How Do We Adapt to
a Changing Climate?
This year, the F&ES Leadership Council welcomed back old
friends to address the group in plenary, heard from donors
and students about the impact of scholarship giving, and
learned from a dynamic cast of F&ES alumni about climate
change adaptation and disaster resiliency with practical
examples from around the world. It was a particular pleasure
to welcome Yale Secretary and Vice President for Student Life,
Kimberly Go≠-Crews ’83 B.A., ’86 J.D., and later, Yale College
Dean Mary Miller ’78 M.A., ’81 Ph.D., each addressing the new
challenges faced by Yale College and F&ES students and how
students are adapting to the frenetic pace of college life.
The discussion on adaptation continued with Connecticut
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Commissioner Robert Klee ’99 M.E.S., ’04 J.D., ’05 Ph.D., who
tied it all together in his remarks about Connecticut’s exemplary leadership in addressing resiliency at multiple scales
and as a model for the rest of the country.
In a joint session with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies
(YIBS) Advisory Board, Tom Lovejoy ’64 B.S., ’71 Ph.D. o≠ered
a thoughtful and provocative presentation on the future of
ecology and biodiversity. Tom evoked some of the pioneer-
ing ecological research of Dr. Ruth Patrick, who passed away
last year, and cited the “Patrick Principle” for measuring and
understanding human impacts on the environment as a
powerful methodology for adapting to a warming world.
A formal dinner in the Knobloch Environment Center with
music by Yale a cappella group Proof of the Pudding capped
Clockwise from top: Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz opened an F&ES alumni
panel on Disaster Resiliency that included Mark Frohardt ’93 M.E.S./
M.A., Kasey Jacobs ’10 M.E.Sc., Rajesh Thadani ’94 M.F.S., ’99 Ph.D.,
and Jennifer Molnar ’04 M.E.M. Citing examples in India, Puerto Rico,
the Caribbean, United States, Pakistan, and other parts of Asia, they
underscored the bottom up approach urgently needed to address disaster
resiliency and the vital role that timely and appropriate communications
can play.
o≠ the evening.
Dean Crane publicly thanked Leadership Council Co-Chairs
Pam Kohlberg ’75 B.A., ’77 M.F.S. and Tom McHenry ’77 B.A.,
’80 M.F.S. for their volunteer service and their extraordinary
leadership in raising the profile of the School’s scholarship
initiative. He reiterated that scholarship aid is imperative to
maintaining F&ES’s competitive advantage in recruiting the
best and brightest students. In the incoming class, out of 150
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Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee ’99 M.E.S., ’04 J.D., ’05 Ph.D.
described the numerous investments and steps being taken by Connecticut to
make the state, its businesses and services, and its residents less vulnerable and
more resilient to climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events.
students, 31% are international and represent 24 di≠erent countries, 19% are U.S. minority, and 31 U.S. states
are represented.
Pam and Tom delivered the headline news that the School’s
scholarship campaign has exceeded its $5 million goal just
past the halfway point in the campaign. Pam exhorted the
Council to achieve 100% participation as the Council works
collectively toward an increased goal of $10 million by
June 30, 2015.
Leadership Council
Co-Chairs Pam
Kohlberg ’75 B.A.,
’77 M.F.S. and
Tom McHenry
’77 B.A., ’80 M.F.S.
At a scholarship panel of Leadership Council members and donors, Victor
Gonzalez ’77 M.F.S., Leah Hair ’74 M.F.S., and Al Sample ’80 M.F.,
’89 D.For. (representing the Alumni Association Board), paired with their
scholarship students Zulimar Lucena ’14 M.E.Sc., Elizabeth Babalola ’14
M.E.M., and Esther Rojas-Garcia ’14 M.E.Sc., and told compelling stories
about their motivation for giving scholarship aid. In turn, students reflected
on the impact of scholarships on their lives and future aspirations.
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annual report
Overall Fundraising
undraising achievement in FY 2013 – 2014 hit a three-year high,
resulting in $9.1 million in new gifts and grants, a 40% increase
over each of the previous two years. In contrast, the F&ES Annual
Fund declined slightly from last year, both in terms of participation
and amount donated, trends we hope to reverse in FY 2014 – 2015.
The School’s scholarship initiative, led by Dean Peter R. Crane
and F&ES Leadership Council Co-Chairs Pamela Kolhberg ’75 B.A.,
’77 M.F.S. and Thomas McHenry ’77 B.A., ’80 M.F.S., accounted for
almost half of all new gifts, including eight new endowed scholarships. Leadership Council member Edward P. Bass ’67 B.S. contrib-
uted $1.6 million to aid students from Bhutan and African countries,
and Trammell S. Crow ’74 B.A. established a $1 million scholarship
to support students from disadvantaged communities, especially
from his home state of Texas. Two memorial scholarships were also
endowed to support students interested in environmental sciences:
one in memory of Jonah Meadow Adels ’14 For. and the other for Anne Armstrong-Colaccino ’88 M.F.S.
Scholarship giving remains the School’s top fundraising priority for FY 2014 – 2015 and all alums are encouraged to support
scholarships through donations to the Annual Fund, or by establishing a current use or endowed fund.
Fundraising Achievement 2013 – 2014
$278,720 (3%)
F&ES Annual Fund: $278,720 (3%)
Corporations & Foundations: $3,688,684 (41%)
Individuals: $5,137,713 (56%)
$3,688,684 (41%)
$5,137,713 (56%)
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class participation rate
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support to current students, 8 out of 10 of whom are receiving financial aid.
The Annual Fund is a critical part of F&ES’s budget and complements the
dollars we receive in the form of endowed scholarships, which are often
restricted for specific purposes. Assuming a 5% endowment payout, contributions to the Annual Fund last year provide support equivalent to $5.6
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS to all alumni who contributed to the Annual
Fund in FY 2013 – 2014. Your generous gifts provide unrestricted scholarship
million in endowment. This year, 1,132 individuals gave a total of $278,720
to the Annual Fund. The average contribution was $245, with gifts ranging
from $5 to $20,000.
Overall participation was 26.5%, with nine classes across eight decades
achieving a participation rate of 50% or greater. Our newest graduates, the
Class of 2014, reached a record-breaking rate of 97%. Their generosity and
leadership is an inspiration, particularly as they begin to pay o≠ their student
loans and seek employment.
We are also grateful to the hardworking alumni who volunteer as Class
Agents, reaching out to their classmates in support of the school. Most
recently, the ranks of Class Agents were joined by Patrick Du≠y ’56 M.F. and
Douglas Macdonald ’63 M.F., ’68 Ph.D. We are actively recruiting for the
classes of ’61, ’64, ’66, ’75, and ’77. Volunteer to join them, today!
Please demonstrate your support of F&ES's current students and ongoing
mission. Whether you are renewing your support, or giving for the first
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F&ES made tremendous strides in raising new scholarship funds for our students, eclipsing our $5 million goal with a
year remaining in our timeline. Through generous contributions from Yale and F&ES alumni, and friends of the School,
we are optimistic that we will reach our new goal of $10 million by June 30, 2015. In addition to scholarships, we will be
focused on fundraising in support of creating a Campus for Field Studies at Yale-Myers Forest. The vision for Yale’s
“northeast campus” includes adding new research facilities, field-based teaching courses and programs, a field
ecology apprenticeship program, and strengthening student outreach to local communities.
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2014 commencement
“About Identity”
by Benjamin Friedman
’14 M.E.M.
nature. Leopold said, “We abuse land because we regard
it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as
a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it
with love and respect.”
Today, the conversation of how to engage the larger public in understanding and caring for environmental issues
is often economic in nature. We discuss the number of
jobs created by the outdoor industry, ways to drive down
I’d like to talk to you about identity.
While doing structural geology field work in the Sangre
de Christo range in the summer of 2008, during one
of the last evenings listening to the gurgling Huerfano
River and watching the sun disappear in flames behind
the mountains, I found myself asking the question “How
do I save this place?” I found I was more interested in
protecting the wild landscape than studying it. Field
camp turned into the first steps of my still nascent career
— a job at the Wilderness Society, where I worked with
other conservation advocates for the creation of new
national monuments — including, eventually Rio Grande
Del Norte, whose headwaters literally sprung from my
research site in Huerfano, Colorado, in 2008.
I suspect you have a story of how a connection to nature
has led you here. Some brief but sharp memory, a kernel
of knowing in your mind. The taste of a grandmother’s
cooking, the mountain outside your window, the canoe
on the lake at sunrise, the summer abroad, the teacher,
the mentor, the friend. Perhaps the lore of why you sit
here today is not as explicit as my Sangre de Christo story,
but it’s there. And I encourage you to think about the
memories that you associate with your environmental
origins, and the physical places that are associated with
times in your life that you have loved.
I would call this use of deriving inspiration and joy from
nature as an extension of Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic.”
If we have an awareness of how the natural world has
shaped us, then we are more likely to be its steward and
to conduct our lives in a manner that is in harmony with
the cost of clean energy, discuss the economic benefits in
selling the myriad rights and uses a piece of land possesses. “Ecosystem services” is probably the two word combination most heard in Kroon Hall besides “free food.” This
economic frame is clearly e≠ective — “protecting nature
for nature’s sake” can be significantly less compelling to
people than “protecting nature for human benefit,” but I
entreat you to remember the land ethic.
The land ethic possesses a value too. There is a value in
your first swim in a lake or ocean, in your first summit or
harvest, in the special joy imparted by sharing an urban
park on the first day of real spring with others emerging
from hibernation. That value is revealed in our careers.
Our connection to some facet of the natural planet has
instilled in us a sense of duty. Imbued with an under-
standing of the significance of nature, we feel a responsibility to turn our love for the natural world into a lifetime
of stewardship on its behalf.
If the land ethic can be wielded to sustain both inspiration and a career path, then Leopold would surely be
glad to see the emergent 21st-century frame of environmentalism and its connection to human benefit, how
a land ethic can support and grow an economy. But for
this economics-based land ethic to succeed, the root of
the land ethic must remain: everyone must recognize
the tremendous formative and economic force that
nature can provide (and withhold if destroyed), and so
the existence of a clean and healthy natural world must
be aggressively defended.
— continued on page 10
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“Sentiment, Yes,
and Action Too”
by Bessie Schwarz
’14 M.E.Sc.
Abbey quote embodies why I am so proud to be a part of
this community.
I was not always inspired by F&ES. Actually, F&ES and I
got o≠ on the wrong foot. Don’t tell the registrar, but I
skipped most of orientation, that extravaganza in the
woods we lovingly call MODs. Its three weeks of hanging
out in the woods, talking about environmentalism with
amazing new friends from around the world, and endless
I am deeply honored to represent my class today.
When I graduated from college on another May day, on
a green lawn just like this one, my family hoped that the
next time they saw me in a cap and gown I would be
graduating from law school. They had high hopes of a corporate law firm and a clear career trajectory — plus about
a million grandkids by now. You can’t blame them. It’s not
an easy field we are going into. The people here today
have their eyes set on a broken agricultural system that
leaves millions with insu≤cient and unhealthy food while
polluting our water and air. They want to address seem-
ingly unstoppable deforestation and mining that destroys
streams of PBR. If it were up to me, that’s where we’d all
be right now.
I missed all of this because I was in Colorado running
an environmental advocacy group and we were endors-
ing candidates for the 2012 election. We were working to
elect pro-environment majorities in each chamber of the
legislature, and all of this in a swing state during a presidential year. It felt very important. So on my last day of
work I did my final press conference, and three days later I
was in a cabin in the woods with no cell phone reception.
Needless to say, it was a culture shock and frankly, I was
ecosystems and some of the most precious places on
But that was two years ago. Looking at this crowd today,
you’ve seen the latest reports on climate change, but it’s
energy companies that will help revolutionize our econ-
droughts, extreme weather — are now expected to be
our government to seriously regulate carbon and inspire
to science or what F&ESers know as Karen Seto.
tists among us will push their fields not just to develop
the planet, all in the name of profit. And I don’t know if
I know people here are going to start and run the clean
not looking good. The e≠ects of this crisis — sea level rise,
omy. Others will craft the next EPA rules that will force
worse than previously predicted. Well, at least according
other governments to do the same. And the young scien-
So I can’t say I never considered opting out and taking
a nice law job. In fact, I was having one those moments
a few weeks ago, when I turned where all F&ESers do
for inspiration — an EFFY movie. Sitting on the floor of
the theater of the all-student-run Environmental Film
the next insight and innovation, but to put that knowl-
edge in action to protect ecosystems and make people’s
lives better. These are big, ambitious, potentially impossible dreams.
My theory of change for the environmental movement
Festival at Yale — I was on the floor because my friends
is still very di≠erent from many of my classmates’, but I
seats — I was daydreaming, fantasizing about a main-
We just need the most unwavering versions of them.
and I had arrived on F&ES time and were not able to get
stand here today knowing we need it all, all our solutions.
stream job and an easy career path, when nine words
Despite our di≠erences, what ties us together at this
flashed on the screen: “Sentiment without action is the
ruin of the soul.” It’s not Aldo Leopold, but this Edward
school is that we do not accept the world as it is today.
— continued on page 10
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— Friedman Commencement Address continued from page 8
— Schwarz Commencement Address continued from page 9
And you are all choosing to do just that — turning a
We cannot accept the track that we are on — unsustain-
special about our crowd is that we have chosen a career
inequitable distribution of environmental waste. We
personal love for the natural world into a career. What is
based on love. What an extraordinary concept that is, that
our professional identities are rooted in a personal conviction that is intimately tied to our deepest joys.
Remember that joy when the work is overwhelming. It
is truly daunting to work on issues that on a daily basis
remind you of your own fleeting mortality and minute
size, to understand that problems you wish to solve will
play out on a geologic timescale. We are a group inti-
mately aware of massive scale: parts per million and the
acreage rate of deforestation, di≠erences in climate in the
Eocene (3 million years ago) and Cretaceous (65 million
years ago). The armor guarding us from the huge
challenges of earth-sized problems is our love.
We are truly “thinking like the mountain,” making our
mark on a landscape, on a place, for millennia. The decisions we make and the work we do today will bring joy
to those long after we are gone. We and the mountain
are playing the ultimate long game. Mount Lauren,
Mount Madson, Simmons Peak, Jonah Mountain — our
stewardship of the planet today will impact the world
on a timeline beyond our years.
I hope you continue to choose to do good, to translate
the joy you have derived from nature into work. And
remember: your impact will be as lasting as the mountain’s earthly tenure, long beyond your lifetime. n
able use of natural resources, devastating pollution, and
cannot accept the role of money in politics that undermines all of our environmental solutions.
No matter what we do next, or in 10 years, or with our
lives, we cannot let go of the visions we hold today.
But back in that cabin during my first miserable week
of F&ES, I stood in the center of that three-person cabin
desperately trying to get reception on my iPhone to check
the latest political news from Colorado when I heard a
voice from across the room. “Put your phone away. Go
outside and play. Some of these people may change the
world.” That was my friend Jonah. Over the next few
months, Jonah would show me how to step outside of
myself, how to see beyond my perspective of the environmental movement. Jonah had an acute awareness of the
impact he was making in every day interactions, pointing
out new spring buds to a complete stranger, and with
his life, advocating for harmony between society and the
natural world.
Jonah’s car accident was nine months after we first met
in that cabin. Today I am immensely sad that Jonah will
never stop me in the middle of an insane finals season
and force me to tell him “something meaningful that
happened” that day; he will never stop a professor midinstruction to lead a class in spontaneous meditation;
and he will never walk through my kitchen door way too
early all ready to play the guitar. What I find more dev-
astating about his loss is what it represents for our field,
for our movement. Jonah knew how to live for what he
believed in, how to act on his sentiment.
We have a responsibility that is truer today than it has
ever been. We have the bravery of imagination to envi-
sion the world not as it is today but as it can be. We have
the dedication and passion to commit ourselves to that
vision. And today, we have the privilege of being from this
school. What I am trying to say is, don’t cop out, don’t opt
out, don’t give in, whatever life looks like for you. If the
people graduating here today don’t create that vision of
the world we have, who will?
What I am trying to say is “Sentiment without action is
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from the class of 2014
—Awards of Gratitude—
One of F&ES’s finest commencement traditions arrives
when the graduating students turn the tables (and the
spotlight) to honor those members of the faculty and
sta≠ who have distinguished themselves in the students’
F&ES experience. Described by the presenting students as
“stand-ups” during the Class of 2014’s tenure at the School,
these nine individuals were recognized specifically for the
quality of their interaction with the students.
“Behind the Scenes Award”
• Rosanne Stoddard, F&ES Registrar
• Julie Vance, Communications Coach
“Outstanding Student Support by a Faculty Award”
• Jonathan Reuning-Scherer, Lecturer in Statistics
• Karen Hébert, Assistant Professor of Environmental
“Land Ethic Award”
• Mark Ashton, Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture
and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests
• Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and
Community Ecology and Director of the Yale Institute
for Biospheric Studies
“Out of the Box Award”
• Karen Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization
• Susan Clark, Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor
of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences
“Compassion Award”
• Joanne DeBernardo, Assistant Dean of Student A≠airs
Awards of Gratitude Recipients (clockwise from upper left): Karen Seto, Julie
Vance, and Joanne DeBernardo.
strachan donnelley award
James Saiers, Associate Dean, Academic A≠airs and Professor of
Hydrology, presented the Strachan Donnelley Student Award to
Leah Meth ’14 M.E.Sc. This award is given to the graduating master’s
student who, through the combination of coursework, research,
and leadership, best achieves Strachan Donnelley's (’64 B.A.) ideal
to blend the humanities with ecology and evolutionary biology, in
order to develop relationships between humans and nature that
promote long-term health, social justice, and sustainability.
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master of environmental management
Brian Ambrette
Elizabeth Tolulope Modupe Babalola
Erin Beasley
Divita Bhandari
Sonali Bhasin
Dominique Zirimwabagabo Bikaba
Samara Meade Brock
John Michael Brod
Benjamin Putnam Butterworth
Gladys Vivienne Caballero
Julie Marie Carson
Gabriel J. Chait
Starling Winston Childs III
Sonam Choden
How-Sen Chong
Urs Dieterich
Sangay Thinley Dorji
Caitlin A. Feehan
Benjamin Carlos Flores
Laura Gayle Franceschini
Benjamin Alpern Friedman
William L. Georgia II
Mariah Janelle Gill
Julia Rose Golomb
Yiwen Gong
Emily Megan Greenlee
Mitalee Gupta
Nora Kathleen Hawkins
Tatiana Elizabeth Hayek
Gregor Benedict Hintler
Chetana Kallakuri
Junxing Lan
Lynette Hyeeun Leighton
Mary Ellen LeMay
Fan Li
Tse Yang Lim
Diana Kirsten Madson
Truman Mak
Sarah Elizabeth Marlay
Elizabeth Beulah McGovern
Niancen Miao
Victoria Alicia Montanez
Valerie Paige Moye
Shannon Alana Murray
Lia Kupiec Nicholson
Robert Edward Orvis
Rauf Firdausi Prasodjo
Taylor Freesolo Rees
Holly Mae Rippon-Butler
Esther Rojas-Garcia
Christopher Robert Rooks
Benjamin Nicholas Glenn
Dair Rothfuss
Rebeka Ryvola
Lauren Kathleen Sanchez
James Nicholas Santana
Erin Marie Schnettler
Matthew Sebonia
Lin Shi
Cary Lee Simmons
Juan Ignacio Simonelli
Corina Rose Solis
Juer Song
Angela Patricia Steiner
Maximilian N. Tattenbach
Samuel Alexander Teicher
Elgin William Tucker Jr.
Karen Alexandra Tuddenham
Boloroo Uuganbayar
Kristo≠er James van Naerssen
Zoe Kristine VanGelder
Andrew Stephen Veysey
Leila Sue Virji
Kaylee Rose Weil
Timothy John White
Tess Alaina Zakaras
Beatriz Margarita Zavariz Romero
Alisa Sharon Zomer
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2014 commencement
master of
environmental science
Meredith Reba Azevedo
Jorge Guillermo Barbosa Jr.
Reginald Rex Estil Barrer
Jessica Renee Brooks
Robert Walter Buchkowski
Dream Choi
Bryan Thomas Crowley
Joanna Marie Dafoe
Caitlin Anne Doughty
Yufang Gao
Aaron Greenfield
Katherine E. Hagemann
Meng Li
Austin Lord
Zulimar Lucena
Adan Martinez
Leah Danielle Meth
Avishesh Neupane
Maclovia Quintana
Anna Eftihia Sakellariadis
Bessie Rose Jelin Schwarz
Lindsi Joyce Seegmiller
Alexander D. Shepack
Kevin Sherrill
Ashwini Srinivasamohan
Hilary Ann Staver
Stephanie Stefanski
Kelly Joy Stoner
Lily Ann Sweikert
Elizabeth Marie Tellman
Lucas Natkin Tyree
Anandi P. van Diepen-Hedayat
Marian E. Vernon
Yiting Wang
Paige Elizabeth Weber
Alemayehu Belay Zeleke
master of forest science
Acheampong Atta-Boateng
Molly Rose Roske
Peter Mbanda Umunay
Jin Yin
master of forestry
Matthew C. Bare
Klaus Louis Geiger
Catherine Thomson Herbert
Bailey A. Johansen
Joanne L. Klein
Hanna Petra Mershman
Claire Nowak
Julius Gene Pasay
yale joint degree
Master of Environmental
Management/Master of Arts
—Global A≠airs
Leah Elizabeth Butler
Amy Frances Mount
Master of Environmental
Management/Master of
Business Administration
Bryan Joseph Eckstein
David Emmerman
Caroline Bardon Goodbody
Fernando Herrero Sin
Desirée F. J. Lopes
Christopher Paul Magalhaes
Renzo Mendoza-Castro
Pablo Montes Iannini
Eric Robert Plunkett
Rebecca Celia Rabison
Noah Webb Walker
John Ryan Withall
Je≠rey Burns Woodward
Master of Environmental Science/
Master of Business Administration
Jancy Morgan Eskew Langley
Master of Forestry/Master of
Business Administration
Jennifer Michelle Milikowsky
Master of Environmental
Management/Juris Doctor
Sarah Rose Langberg
Constance Lynn Vogelmann
pace law school
joint degree graduates
Master of Environmental
Management/Juris Doctor
Sarah Anderson Kettenmann
vermont law school
joint degree graduates
Master of Environmental
Management/Juris Doctor
Marissa Shih Knodel
Carina Lyn Roselli
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
(Left to right) Mercedes Bravo, Nathan Chan, David Keiser, Ashley Keiser, Laura Bakkensen, and Laura Bozzi
doctors of philosophy
Dwi Astiani
Bornean Peatlands: Forest Dynamics, Land Use, and Carbon Flux
Advisors: Professors Mark Ashton and Lisa Curran
Laura Ann Bakkensen
The Economics of Tropical Cyclones: Impacts, Adaptation, and
Climate Change
Advisor: Professor Robert Mendelsohn
Laura Anne Bozzi
There Used to be a Mountain Here: The Politics of Mountaintop
Removal and the Protection of Nature
Advisor: Professor Benjamin Cashore
Steven Patrick Brady
Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Roads and Runo≠
Advisor: Professor David Skelly
Mercedes Aurelia Bravo
Health Impacts of Air Pollution: Investigating Methods of Exposure
Assessment and Factors A≠ecting Vulnerability
Advisor: Professor Michelle Bell
Adrian Cerezo Caballero
Nature Nurtures Nature: Measuring the Biophilic Design Elements
in Childcare Centers as Related to the Developmental Outcomes of
Children 34 to 38 Months of Age
Advisors: Professors Michael Dove and Stephen Kellert
Nathan W. Chan
Three Essays on the Economics of Environmental Public Goods and
Advisor: Professor Matthew Kotchen
Yitian Huang
The Emergence of Domestic Carbon Trading in China: Institutional
Development and International Influences
Advisor: Professor Robert Bailis
Ashley Dawn Keiser
Merging Above- and Belowground Processes: Identifying
How Decomposer Community Composition Shapes Litter
Decomposition Dynamics
Advisor: Professor Mark Bradford
David Andrew Keiser
Three Essays on the Economics of Water Quality in the United States
Advisor: Professor Robert Mendelsohn
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class of 2014!
Welcome to our Newest
F&ES Alums!
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
f&es honors & awards
dean peter crane wins prestigious international prize
for biology
Peter Crane, the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the Yale School
of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded
the 2014 International Prize for Biology administered by
the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for
his work on the evolutionary history of plants. The honor
is awarded annually to individuals who have made out-
standing contributions to the advancement of research
in fundamental biology.
into the early history of plants and how they shaped the
modern biosphere.
“To receive this prestigious award is a great personal
and professional honor, that also reflects the many
contributions of my long-term collaborators,” said Crane.
“This recognition a≤rms a principle that has guided so
much of my work: To understand the present one must
also know the past. Indeed, if we hope to truly understand
Over more than three decades, Dean Crane’s work has
integrated data from living plants with new discoveries
from the paleontological record to provide critical insights
and better manage the world of plants, we must know
more about their history.”
Visit the F&ES website to learn more:
david sobotka ’78 b.a. receives dean’s environmental
leadership award
On October 2, 2014, Dean Peter R. Crane presented
David Sobotka ’78 B.A. with the Dean’s Environmental
Leadership Award. Dean Crane established the award in
2013 to recognize friends of the School who have most
positively a≠ected the lives of the students here at F&ES.
Through scholarship and internship support and the
creation of a collaborative research and seed-stage venture
grant program, David and his wife Karen have provided
these future leaders with tremendous opportunities.
f&es professors receive awards from the international
union of forest research organizations (iufro)
Professor Chadwick “Chad” Dearing Oliver '70 M.F.S.,
'75 Ph.D. has been awarded the Host Country Scientific
Achievement Award from IUFRO, the largest global network of forest researchers, during its World Congress in
Salt Lake City in October. He is one of three recipients of
the award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements by scientists from the nation hosting the event.
Oliver, the Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental
Studies and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable
Forestry at F&ES, was honored for contributions to silvicul-
ture, forest ecology, and sustainable resource management.
In addition, Benjamin Cashore, a professor of environmental
governance and political science at F&ES, has received the
Scientific Achievement Award from IUFRO. He was recog-
nized for his achievements in research related to governance
of forest resources worldwide. Cashore was one of 10 recipi-
ents to receive the award, which is given by the independent
scientific committee every four years.
Visit the F&ES website to learn more: and
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f&es creates william r. burch prize to recognize student
research at tropical research institute (tri)
William Burch, center, during the announcement of the William R. Burch Prize during Reunion Weekend.
F&ES has announced the creation of a new student award,
the William R. Burch Prize, which is named in honor of the
founder of the School’s influential Tropical Resources Institute (TRI). Beginning in 2015, the $1,000 cash prize will be
awarded annually to the best paper written by a TRI Fellow.
TRI, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is an
interdisciplinary center that promotes student research
“It’s an honor to have this prize named after me
as part of TRI’s 30th year anniversary,” Burch said.
“My hope is that it will inspire future TRI fellows
to pursue interdisciplinary tropical forestry and
ecology research that serves the needs of the local
people and their ecosystems along with advancing
scholarly excellence in such work.”
in the world's tropical environments. Since its inception
The School is reaching out to TRI alumni to encourage
their student research projects.
are interested in supporting the William R. Burch Prize,
in 1984, TRI has sponsored more than 600 TRI Fellows and
them to make contributions to help fund the prize. If you
William “Bill” Burch, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor
please contact Tim Northrop, Director of Development
a principal founder and the first director of TRI, and has
Visit the F&ES website to learn more:
Emeritus of Natural Resources Management at F&ES, was
served on the Advisory Board of TRI since its founding.
and Alumni Services, at [email protected]
hixon center for urban ecology celebrates fifteenth
This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, established by F&ES Leadership Council
member Adelaide Hixon and her late husband, Alec. The work of the Center reflects the Hixons’ interest in encouraging
local Yale-New Haven environmental initiatives as well as global public-private partnerships for a better urban environment.
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
honor & awards
f&es alumni association wins association of yale alumni
(aya) excellence award
On the same day, the F&ES Class of 2014, motivated by the
desire to honor their time at F&ES and to give back to the
School, Yale, and New Haven communities, organized Yale
Day of Service activities in collaboration with the Urban
Resources Initiative (URI) and Yale-Myers Forest. Fifty soonto-be alumni (one third of the graduating F&ES class)
participated in the Day of Service activities, either working
with URI to plant trees along the Farmington Canal trail in
honor of long-term Yale employees or assisting with trail
maintenance, meadow restoration, and habitat improve-
ment projects at Yale-Myers Forest. This was the first time
a graduating class from any Yale professional school has
participated in the Day of Service.
Randy Strobo ’11 M.E.M. and Dean Crane removing invasive species along
pathways during the Yale Day of Service.
This year, the F&ES Alumni Association won the AYA
Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate & Profes-
sional Day of Service! There were two nominations from
F&ES and “both nominations were so compelling that the
committee decided to honor the F&ES Alumni Association
as a whole rather than being forced to pick between the
two nominations,” noted Alison Brody, Chair, AYA Volunteer Leadership Committee.
“Broad participation in our graduating class's Yale Day
of Service activities allowed us to build community,
celebrate our time at Yale, and deepen our sense of
connection with landscapes that are important to
F&ES students (New Haven and Yale-Myers Forest),
while giving back to our communities. The event
a≤rmed our sense of connection to Yale and instilled
a sense of responsibility as young alumni.”
— Julia Golomb ’14 M.E.M.
The 2014 Day of Service event in Louisville, Kentucky —
the first such event for the Yale Club of Louisville and the
first to be led by a Yale dean, F&ES Dean Peter Crane —
successfully brought together local alumni from F&ES,
Yale College, the School of Medicine, the School of Music,
and the School of Public Health to work together on an
environmental project at the Parklands of Floyds Fork.
Founded by Dan Jones ’84 B.A., ’06 M.F., the Parklands is
an innovative network of urban parks created to preserve
a vanishing landscape while, in the tradition of Frederick
Law Olmsted, “bringing nature into neighborhoods” as a
way of shaping a city’s geography, its social interactions,
and its economies.
Dean Crane’s leadership set an example for the com-
munity of over 4,500 alumni of F&ES, underscoring our
School’s commitment to public service and demonstrating
strong support of an alum’s professional work.
Tim Northrop ’03
M.E.M., Director
of the F&ES O∞ce
of Development
and Alumni Services,
and Julia Golomb
’14 M.E.M. at the
AYA Awards
Ceremony on
November 13.
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alumni volunteer opportunities
save the date!
yale day of service
saturday, may 9, 2015
Save the date for the 2015 Yale Day of Service! Last year,
thousands of members of the Yale community (alums
of Yale College and the graduate and professional schools,
including F&ES, and their families and friends) carried
out projects at 251 service sites in 42 U.S. states and
20 countries.
As described on the previous page, F&ES won an award
for Yale Day of Service participation this past spring. We’d
like to encourage many of our F&ES alums to volunteer
in 2015.
Do you work or volunteer for a nonprofit and have an idea
for a project that F&ES alums and the wider Yale community could help you with? Contact us to share your idea!
We can help you determine whether your project might
be a good Yale Day of Service fit, and then connect you to
alums in your area and help you recruit volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know
and we will help you locate a volunteer service site in
your area.
Contact us at [email protected] if you have a project
idea or if you are interested in volunteering for Yale Day
of Service 2015. This is a great way to come together to
give back to your community!
Rumor has it that Dean Crane will be in Denver on
May 9 for a Yale Day of Service project…
Planting a tree in New Haven during the 2014 Yale Day of Service.
Thank You F&ES Alums!
Thank you to our alums for the many ways you contribute your time, talent, and resources in support of F&ES — by
volunteering as Class Secretaries and Class Agents, serving as Alumni Association Board members, returning to campus
to generously share your experiences with students, mentoring students through the new Environmental Leadership
Mentoring (ELM) program, hosting a student intern, supporting student scholarships, and helping to recruit new students
to F&ES. F&ES is extremely grateful for the significant investment our alums collectively make to sustain and support the
School’s students and programs.
If you are interested in getting involved in one of the ways outlined above or by contributing to F&ES in another way,
please contact us at [email protected]
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
f&es alumni association board
This fall, we were delighted to welcome our new class
Beth is a Senior Program O≤cer for
time, we expressed our thanks and farewells to six
Denver, focused on natural resources,
the Gates Family Foundation in
of four F&ES Alumni Board members. At the same
rural communities, and urbanism work
outgoing Board members who completed their service
in Colorado. The founding Director of
to the Board or were unable to complete their terms.
Greenprint Denver, one of the country's
Our deepest appreciation was conveyed to all of them
earliest and largest urban sustainability
for their service to the School and its alums: Mohamad
A. Chakaki ’06 M.E.M., Tianming Chen ’09 M.E.Sc.,
Olivia C. Glenn ’03 M.E.M., Sarah K. Matheson ’05
M.E.M., Mary L. Tyrrell ’97 M.F.S., and Heather E. Wright
’04 M.E.Sc. Mary will continue to serve on the board
programs, she has worked locally, nation-
Beth Conover
’94 M.E.S./M.P.P.M.
Denver, Colorado
in the newly created position of Alumni-Sta≠ Repre-
Susan is Professor of Social Policy and
also recognized Deborah DeFord, the outgoing
Management at The Heller School,
Assistant Director of Development and Alumni
Brandeis University, Executive Director
Services. As many of you know, Deb was instrumental
of the Center for Youth and Communities,
in administering the alumni program for the past
and Senior Advisor to the Eli J. Segal
eight years, including publishing CANOPY, and we are
Citizen Leadership Program. She has
going to sorely miss her sharp eye and wit, encyclo-
held leadership positions in philanthropy,
pedic knowledge of our alumni, and ability to turn
bers, installed at the October 9, 2014, Annual Meeting
of the Board in New Haven. Their first term ends in
2017, with the option to serve an additional term of
development. Beth is also co-author
the intermountain west.
At-Large Delegates to the Assembly. The Alumni Board
Meet our new F&ES Alumni Association Board mem-
to environmental health and economic
policy-makers about climate change in
AYA Assembly. In addition, F&ES is represented by six
Director of Development and Alumni Services.
policy on a wide range of issues related
leading journalists, thought leaders, and
with the Board as one of four F&ES Delegates to the
Clothier ’98 B.S., ’01 M.F. in her new role as Assistant
planning, program development, and
and editor of a collection of essays by 41
sentative and Heather will continue to be engaged
a phrase. The Alumni Board also welcomed Kristen
ally, and internationally on strategic
government, and business as a Trustee
Susan Curnan
’78 M.F.S.
Sudbury, Massachusetts
for a NYC foundation and as Executive
Director of a Vermont nonprofit where
she balanced environmental, educational,
and economic goals while managing
5,000 acres of forest and farmland
and creating environmental education
programs. In the private sector she was a
Chief Operations O≤cer for a 10,000-acre
three years.
destination resort and did a brief stint in
During the past year, the F&ES Alumni Association
Youth Conservation Corps.
Board remained quite active in its pursuit of strengthening alumni-to-alumni and alumni-to-student connections. Foremost among its accomplishments was
its partnership with the School’s Career Development
O≤ce to develop and launch Environmental Leader-
ship Mentoring (ELM), a new mentoring program that
helps F&ES students in their final year at the School
grow professionally by matching them with an alumni
government as Regional Director of the
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mentor in their career field. More than 120 alumni
committed their time and energy to the program. In
addition, the Board: established the Alumni Associa-
tion Speaker Series, an e≠ort to bring alumni back to
Whitney serves as Director, Land &
Wildlife Conservation, for the Arthur M.
Road to Great Mountain program, designed to keep
responsibilities are working with the
alumni; and, in conjunction with the AYA and Yale
Montana, to ensure it is a best-in-class
Sustainability Summit (YESS), a university-wide con-
Blank Family Foundation. His principal
recent alums engaged with the School as recent
Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, in Emigrant,
Blue Green, began planning the Yale Environmental
leader in land and wildlife conservation
management, and addressing larger
Whitney Tilt
’85 M.E.S.
Bozeman, Montana
natural resource issues in the Yellow-
stone ecosystem. Whitney is also a part-
ference scheduled for November 6–7, 2015, that will
engage Yale alumni, faculty, sta≠, and students, as well
as outside experts, practitioners, and scholars in the
ner in High Country Apps LLC, developing
environmental realm, on new techniques and technol-
and tablets. Prior to joining the Arthur M.
The Alumni Board was also excited to receive 22
interactive field guides for smart phones
Blank Family Foundation, Whitney served
as principal of Conservation BenchMarks,
a consulting business specializing in stra-
ogies to transform its use of food, energy, and water.
applications and interview six F&ES students as
finalists for the F&ES Alumni Association Board
tegic planning, evaluation, and natural
Scholarship created in honor of Ruth Allen ’72 M.F.S.,
worked for the National Fish and Wildlife
president, who tragically passed away in 2012. This
National Audubon Society.
’15 M.E.M. and David Gonzalez ’15 M.E.M. Both Yesenia
resource issue management. He has also
’77 Ph.D., a longtime Board member and former Board
Foundation, Sonoran Institute, and
year, the scholarship awards went to Yesenia Gallardo
Ralien Bekkers is a first-year Master of
Environmental Management candidate
and David demonstrated extraordinary leadership and
exemplary volunteer service to the F&ES, Yale, and New
focusing on international collaboration
Haven communities. The Board awarded each student
specifically issues related to climate
The F&ES Alumni Association Board has a full slate of
for sustainable development, and more
change and energy resources. She is originally from The Netherlands, where she
recently received a B.Sc. in Future Planet
Ralien Bekkers
’16 M.E.M.
New Haven, Connecticut
campus to speak on leadership topics; launched the
a $2,500 scholarship.
activities planned for next year, including continuing
to grow the ELM mentoring program, planning the
Studies from the University of Amster-
YESS conference, and continuing its successful alumni
the o≤cial Dutch UN Youth Delegate on
to organize and host regional receptions around the
young people at UN meetings on climate
on inviting alumni back to campus to present and
dam. For the past two years she has been
speaker series. In addition, the Board will continue
Sustainable Development, representing
country and internationally, put renewed emphasis
change, sustainable development, and
post-2015 development goals. She is
very passionate about intergenerational
partnerships and female leadership,
speak to students, and explore the creation of a new
multi-ethnic alumni shared interest group similar to
the Multi-Ethnic Student Association (MESA) at F&ES.
which she hopes to support and advance
The activities of the Board depend on the volunteered
resentative of the Class of 2016 on the
members. Please let them know how they can serve
at F&ES within her role as Student Rep-
time, talents, and enthusiasm of our dynamic Board
Alumni Association Board.
you best in 2014–2015 by contacting them at:
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
honor roll
We are pleased to honor alumni and friends of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who
made gifts to the School between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. We also wish to recognize the corporations,
foundations, and organizations that have provided their generous support to the School.
f&es annual fund gifts
Othniel C. Marsh Associates
$5,000 donationand above in
fiscal year 2013–2014.
Sand County Society
$1,000–$4,999 ($500–$999
for last five graduating classes) in fiscal year 2013–2014.
Great Mountain Society
Alumni who made a contribution to their graduating Class
Gift in support of the Annual
Fund will become a member
of the Great Mountain Society
(GMS) by making an Annual
Fund gift the following year,
and will remain in GMS if
they continue a perfect record
of annual giving. The Great
Mountain Society was established in 2013 to recognize
the importance of consistent
donors. GMS members will be
recognized at their five-year
class of 1907
David T. Mason*
class of 1940
Richard C. Rose*
class of 1948
John Simeone*
class of 1949
Robert I. Solow
Herbert I. Winer
class of 1950
William F. Cowen Jr.
Theodore Natti
Albert L.C. Nelson
John C. Watt
class of 1951
Peter Arnold
Lester E. Bradford
John L. Christie
Robert O. Curtis
Robert W. Eisenmenger
Gerald D. Fitzgerald
John W. Ker*
Donald S. Page
Lewis C. Peters
class of 1952
Robert S. Bond
John C. Calhoun Jr.*
Eugene M. Carpenter
John R. Skeele
William I. Stein
class of 1953
Alfred G. Darrach Jr.
John F. Miller
Thomas W. Norton
Earl W. Raymond
Oakleigh Thorne II
class of 1954
James H. Brown
Gordon Hall III
Donald J. Miller
Jack R. Mulholland
Roy D. Whitney
Robert L. Youngs
class of 1955
Richard L. Bury
David R. Houston
George R. Lamb
Daniel P. Loucks
Wee Yuey Pong
Robert G. Steinho≠*
Lawrence B. Sunderland
Kenneth G. Weston
Donald K. Whittemore
class of 1956
David E. Baker
Douglas M. Crutchfield
Patrick J. B. Du≠y
Philip B. Noyce
Kirk P. Rodgers
Jack A. Rose
class of 1957
Mary L. Heist
Gertrude E. Huntington
George W. Wendel
class of 1958
Marcus A.M. Bell
Rolf W. Benseler
Evar L. Knudtson
Ernest A. Kurmes
William G. Rogers II
Friedrich Schilling Jr.
George R. Stephens Jr.
John P. Vimmerstedt
class of 1959
Richard H. Arps
Hans T. Bergey
Donald S. Girton
class of 1960
Gregory Neil Brown
Thomas J. Byrne
Peter Robert Hannah
Lee Herrington
Peter M. Huberth
Jon P. Liles
Robert D. McReynolds
Kennard G. Nelson
David H. Scanlon III*
class of 1961
William W. Alcorn
Paul M. Haack
Sherry Huber
L. Keville Larson
Lee N. Miller
Robert C. Peters
James A. Rollins
R. Scott Wallinger
Malcolm John Zwolinski
class of 1962
Roger P. Belanger
Soonthorn Bhothigun
Le Viet Du
Gordon M. Heisler
C.H. Anthony Little
Charles N. Lowrie III
Gyula Pech
Lawrence O. Sa≠ord
Roland K. Tiedemann
Robert C. Van Aken
Carel L.H. Van Vredenburch
John C. Zasada
class of 1963
Henry F. Barbour
Julian R. Beckwith III
Joseph W. Gorrell
Edward M. Jager
R. Douglas S. Macdonald
Robert N. Mowbray
Guy E. Sabin
William Hulse Smith
Joseph R. Womble
class of 1964
Allan Richard Applegate
Read Charlton
Stephen J. Hanover
Douglas A. MacKinnon
Kenneth J. Mitchell
Bradford W. Monahon
H. Phillip Sasnett
G. Wade Staniar
John G. Worrall
donor spotlight:
Mrs. Mary L. Heist, wife of L.C. “Whitey” Heist ’53 B.A., ’57 M.F.
Mary Heist vividly remembers when she and Whitey were newlyweds and they lived in the graduate student housing “Quonset huts”
while he attended F&ES. One night during a brutal winter, Mary and
Whitey’s eldest child, Jane, was asleep in the front room when their
hut’s front door proved no match for the snowstorm raging outside,
and blew open, leaving the baby covered in snow. (Perhaps it is no
surprise that, like her parents, she grew up to love the outdoors!)
Weather aside, Mary and Whitey loved their time in New Haven.
After graduation, Whitey built an accomplished career at Champion
International Corp., retiring as President and Chief Operating O≤cer,
and he and Mary and their family built a wonderful life together in
Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Whitey died in 1999, only a few years
into retirement, but Mary still contributes to the F&ES Annual Fund
because of how much F&ES meant to her husband.
“Whitey felt very strongly about the importance of education, and
always gave much credit to F&ES for his journey from the pennypinching days in the Quonset hut to a successful, fulfilling career
at Champion. We have both always believed in giving back so that
others can have the same opportunity, and I am delighted to continue
his legacy of supporting current F&ES students.” —Mary Heist
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class of 1965
Hollis W. Barber Jr.
William Blankenship Jr.
John E. Blouch
Michael S. Greenwood
Alan W. Haney
James E. Howard
Robert Philip Kreitler
Roger W. Merritt
Richard C. Schlesinger
Guy L. Steucek
class of 1966
Edward A. Arens
S. Gene Day
William G. Horn Jr.
James K. Lyle
Robert E. Schweitzer
William J. Shirley
Alden M. Townsend
class of 1967
Reginald B. Elwell Jr.
Gordon A. Enk
Robert W. Hintze
Peter W. Ludwig
Wyllys Terry III
class of 1968
Richard R. Buech
Lawrence K. Forcier
Andrew L. Johnson
Raymond J. Kordish
Peter L. Marks
Claude H. O'Gwynn
Hardy L. Pearce
Donald G. Schall
class of 1969
Earle D. Bessey III
Davis Cherington
Ah Chun Chu
Raymond D. Clarke
Diana Starr Cooper
Harry L. Haney Jr.
David T. Harvey
Gregory Alan Sharp
Johannes G. Von Trapp
class of 1970
Whitney A. Beals
Donn E. Critchell
Douglas M.H. Ferng
Mack H. Jenkins
William A. Lansing
Steven C. Maurice
Wan Hin Ooi
William H. Parker
Patricia Freund Riggs
James H. Shaw
Thomas L. Smith
John F. Tinker
Peter C. Westover
class of 1971
Joseph L. Deschenes
Katharine B. Grantham
Coleman Holt
Donald R. Korbobo
Harold T. Nygren
James D. Okraszewski
S. Tahir Qadri
Alfred L. Scopp
class of 1972
George F. Ames
John M. Brink
Gary W. Drobnack
Robert A. Hart
Jerry M. Melillo
David P. Miller
Philip E. Nemir
Priscilla P. Newbury
William K. Newbury
Matthew S. Rosen
Louis J. Sebesta
Oscar G. Traczewitz II
John C. Welker
Stephen R. Wells
class of 1973
Deborah Brooks Hill
Lauren E. Brown
John C. Cannon
Robert H. Cashel
Clyde H. Cremer
Roy W. Deitchman
Thomas J. Dunn Jr.
Samuel G. Hopkins
Milos Krnajski-Jovic
Ian H. von Lindern
Donald S. McCluskey
Dennis R. Perham
A. Mark Rasmussen
Mary K. Reynolds
Ruth M. Shane
Edward L. Spencer
Kathryn Snider Stockwell
Mark E. Triebwasser
class of 1974
Spencer B. Beebe
Frances Beinecke
William G. Constable
Charles H. Dauchy Jr.
Nancy F. Ehorn
Andrew W. Ezell
Daralynn E. Gordon
Leah K. Hair
Gerard J. Hennessey
Leonard A. Lankford Jr.
Elizabeth H. Mikols
Norman A. Noyes
Katharine M. Preston
Judith M. Stockdale
Gordon G. Whitney
Paul S. Wilson
Bradford W. Wyche
class of 1975
Anonymous (2)
Stark Ackerman
Richard A. Brown
Larry E. Burd
Leslie N. Corey Jr.
Anne S. Fege
Diddahally R. Govindaraju
Evan S. Griswold
Carol Stevenson Harlow
Suzanne M. Kilner
Patrick T. Lee
Stephen M. Levy
Hallie R. Metzger
Christopher W. Murdoch*
Stephen Shotland
Helen A. Waldorf
George B. Weir
Arthur B. Weissman
class of 1976
Thomas Barounis
Philip W. Conkling
Susan D. Cooley
Bruce A. Fernald
Joel S. Flagler
Alexandra C. Goelet
Sven G. Hultman
Kathleen M. Ligare
John E. Lundquist
Thomas M. Marino
Kathleen McNamara
John P. McTague
M. Anne Peters
Colin S. Peterson
Alan F. Poole
Patrick J. Reddy
Virginia M. Reilly
Eric E. See
Orville M. Tice
William E. Timko
class of 1977
Keith B. Aubry
Leon E. Bucher
Javade Chaudhri
Jonathan Falk
William T. Glidden Jr.
Victor L. Gonzalez
Kirk R. Hall
Steven P. Hamburg
William A. Hanson
Timothy C. Hawley
Peter S. Homann
Tracy Ralph Kay
Pamela Kohlberg
James F. Mackie
Andrew O. Melnykovych
Howard S. Neufeld
Joanne R. Polayes
Robert C. Rooke Jr.
Joann P. Roskoski
Stuart C. Ross
Lawrence M. Schaefer
Robert M. Spivey
Richard E. Wetzler
George C. Wheelwright
Brooke Myers Wickham
class of 1978
Carol A. Aubry
Ellen K. Baum
Edward O. Becker
Rebecca E. Bormann
Susan P. Curnan
William C. Davis
Johannes H. Drielsma
Peter John Falco
Kenneth J. Faroni
Robert S. Gipe
Rosine W. Hall
Edward A. Hogan
Catherine G. Hopper
Dominique Irvine
Patricia H. Korotky
Bruce C. Larson
Michael D. Rees
Regina M. Rochefort
Kenneth L. Rosenbaum
Thomas A. Rumpf
Loring La Barbera Schwarz
Andrew M. Schwarz
Louise P. Sclafani
James M. Sempere
Laura E. Tessier
C. Dana Tomlin
David Wentworth
class of 1979
Charlotte F. Belser
Christopher N. Brown
Dorothy K. Faulkner
Patricia A. Friedman
Neil Hendrickson
Robert B. McKinstry Jr.
Pierre Lafond
Patricia S. Leavenworth
James R. Lyons
Martha E. Okie
Robert T. Perschel
Marcia J.K. Peters
Hope Pillsbury
Elizabeth L. Rich
Margaret N. Schneider
Penelope C. Sharp
Martha A. Tableman
Vijay K. Verma
class of 1980
Natasha Atkins
Susan M. Braatz
Starling W. Childs II
Robert D. Comer
Virginia F. Kearney
David Kittredge Jr.
Eleanor S. Lathrop
Thomas McHenry
Thomas D. Mordecai
Charles Nilon
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
honor roll
W. Kent Olson
Curtis G. Rand
Frances M. Rundlett
V. Alaric Sample
Susan Shen
Laura K. Snook
Jane E.S. Sokolow
Keith D. Stewart
Linda Karen Suhgers
Jean Tam
Carol Zimmerman
class of 1981
Alan W. Belcher
James M. Ca≠rey
Ann H. Clarke
Louise Richardson Davis
Patricia A. Donohoe
Michael Ferrucci
Thomas Gaman
Betsy Jewett
Susan Fitch Kelsey
Matthew Kelty
Aaron Mansbach
Elizabeth D. Mullin
Gail K. Reynolds
James R. Runyan
Keith D. Tait
David Allen Van Wie
Carol E. Youell
class of 1982
Michael Bell
Peter A. Cardellichio
Paula Daukas
Michael P. Dowling
Deborah Reichert Finley
Gro Flatebo
Leonard George
Jonathan Kusel
Phillip C. Lende Jr.
Keio Maeda
Diane Mayerfeld
Benjamin L. Niles
Marie Z. Nolan
Ross M. Povenmire
Daniel F. Reynolds
Silvia Strauss-Debenedetti
Robert Turnage
Hazel F. Tuttle
Thomas James Walicki
Nathaniel B. Whitcombe
Kent W. Wommack
class of 1983
Mary A. Arthur
Susan M. Babcock
Louis J. Bacchiocchi
Stephen D. Blackmer
Elizabeth A. Blair
Stephen P. Broker
Bruce J. Cabarle
Guillermo Castilleja
Josephine M. Corcoran
Daniel W. Fort
David Gewirtz
Peter T. Hazlewood
Richard M. Huber Jr.
Jean M. Maloney Johnson
Jennifer Cross Peterson
Madeline F. Pope
David E. Reeves
Gregg D. Renkes
James W. Rue
Lindsey E. Rustad
Denise Schlener
Jim Daniel Serfis
Elizabeth W. Swain
Olaf Unsoeld
Kathleen C. Weathers
Frederick J. Weyerhaeuser
class of 1984
Alan C. Carey
Thomas O. Crist
Barbara B. Dowd
Shelley J. Dresser
Frances F. Dunwell
Rosemary N. Furfey
Leah V. Haygood
Rose H. Harvey
Mark John Kern
Chun K. Lai
Cara Lee
Peter B. Maxson
A. Sharon Hamby O'Connor
Bruce A. Phillips
Christopher Recchia
Susan Huke Stein
Timothy R. Williams
class of 1985
Peter Mark S. Ashton
Brent Bailey
Alexander R. Brash
Ian R. Cameron
Jane Ceraso
Robert E. Clausi
James S. Coleman
John Nesbitt Conyngham
Mark Damian Duda
Caroline S. Eliot
Edward H. Elliman
James J. Espy Jr.
Lynne Wommack Espy
Deborah Fleischer
James B. Friday
Kathleen S. Friday
David A. Gagnon
Tara Gallagher
Lawrence H. King
Catherine A. McConnell
Lesley A. Morgan-Thompson
Jonathan W. Nute
Cameron H. Sanders Jr.
Anne Sergeant
David B. Steckel
Whitney C. Tilt
Mark J. Twery
Henry L. Whittemore
Stephen Young
class of 1986
Kenneth J. Andrasko Jr.
Peter P. Blanchard III
David Max Braun
Sarah L. Brichford
Eric E. Carlson
Mark R. Dillenbeck
Thomas R. Du≠us
Elliott L. Gimble
Daniel M. Hellerstein
Nan L. Jenks-Jay
Bruce H. Leighty
Brenda R. Lind
Betsy Ann McGean
Robert M. Moore
Robert E. Unsworth
class of 1987
Karl A. Beard
Christie Anna Coon
Chris DeForest
Julie Dunlap
Louise D. Flynn
Pamela Manice
Arvid R. Nelson
Annette S. Naegel
Elizabeth Hyde Moore
Melissa Paly
John Patrick Phelan
Christopher E. Pratt
Kathleen M. Rorison
Joshua L. Royte
Kathleen Lake Shaw
Steven Taswell
Jonathan G. Wingerath
class of 1988
Jennifer H. Allen
Peter Michael Connorton
Randall H. Downer
Pieter W. Fosburgh Jr.
Gregg W. Gabinelle
Stephen C.N. Gorman
Elizabeth Greer
Anthony C. W. Irving
Brian Roy Lockhart
Heidi Margrit McAllister
Karen Le Ann McKay
Cristin Gallup Rich
Carlos Rodriguez-Franco
Judy Lynn Stone
Holly Page Welles
class of 1989
Je≠rey R. Bopp
Anthony Boutard
Elizabeth Pardee Carlson
David Max Finkel
Stephen Edward Kelleher
Cyril John May
Judith E. Moore
Javier Mauricio Perez
donor spotlight:
Family and Friends of Anne Armstrong-Colaccino ’88 M.F.S.
Anne Armstrong-Colaccino ’88 M.F.S. was a vivacious and lighthearted young woman who was serious about nature and science.
According to her husband, Joe Colaccino, who moved from Arizona
to Connecticut with Anne so she could attend F&ES, “Anne’s acceptance into Yale F&ES was the highpoint in her young life. She loved
being with her classmates and professors while attending school
in New Haven and conducting research on Mt. Moosilauke in
New Hampshire.”
In the months after Anne’s unexpected death in 1991, Joe, members
of Anne’s family, and a few F&ES classmates made contributions to
a fund at F&ES that they hoped would, with added donations and
positive investment returns over time, grow large enough to endow
a scholarship in Anne’s name. Years passed, life swept by, and in
late 2013, a renewed e≠ort was made to complete the fundraising.
Recently, Joe was re-connected to F&ES, where he worked with the
Development and Alumni O≤ce to identify options for honoring
Anne’s life with the money that had been contributed two decades
earlier. Joe, Anne’s family, Joe’s family, and several of Anne’s classmates all joined together to boost the fund through new contributions to the point where it could be endowed, awarding a scholarship
in perpetuity to an F&ES student focused on the natural sciences. The
first recipient, a member of the Class of 2016, entered F&ES this fall.
“Anne would be thrilled that she is supporting F&ES graduate
students that want to make a di≠erence in this world, just as her
family knows she did.” —Joe Colaccino
canopy JI fall 2014
James Chesnut Williams
John Stewart Wright
class of 1990
Joan P. Anderson
Mary Ann K. Boyer
Melissa M. Grigione
Judy G. Olson Hicks
Leslie J. Hudson
Peter Taber Jenkins
Peter Hobart Jipp
Kristie N. Kapp
Thomas Edward Kelsch
Jennifer Lamb
Mary T. Miller
Douglas Morgan Robotham
Nicholas Raymond Simmons
Catherine Bealle Statland
Susannah Beth Troner
class of 1991
Susan D. Brodie
Margo L. Burnham
Jane Coppock
Gillian T. Davies
James H.E. Fosburgh
Helmut Gieben
Jennifer Greenfeld
Susan B. Hodgson
Ingrid O. Hopkins
Annette Huddle
Joan B. Kelsch
Douglas J. Lober
Kim A. Locke
Betsy W. Lyman
Anne S. Marsh
Sarah J. Pick
Peter T. Schuyler
Jennie Wood Sheldon
Alexandra E. Teitz
class of 1992
Nicholas T. Bennett
Anne E. Black
Warren W. Byrne
Charles H. Collins
Katherine K. Farhadian
Peyton C. Gri≤n
Lisa K. Lumbao
Robin L. Maille
Kirsten Struve Nakai
Peter A. Palmiotto
Joan Bresnan Popowics
Susan L. Pultz
Pamela Lichtman Reading
Elizabeth A. Reichheld
Karl R. Dalla Rosa
Mary Rowen
James N. Sheldon
Leigh Winters Shemitz
Townsend S. Swayze
Staunton Williams Jr.
class of 1993
Mary Christine Angelo
Heidi Asbjornsen
Brad H. Auer
Cynthia M. Barakatt
Anita Van Breda
Por-Chiung B. Chou
Elana E. Cohen
Susan Helms Daley
Theodore E. Diers
Erik C. Esselstyn
Joshua G. Foster
Katharine Elsom Frohardt
Mark S. Frohardt
Molly G. Goodyear
Dawn Greene
Lisa Christine Gustavsen
Kathleen M. Hooke
Daniel H. Hudnut
Paul L. Jahnige
William L. Kenny
Dexter C. Mead
Lois L. Morrison
William S. Mott
John M. Norwood
Thomas Kevin O'Shea
Jennifer Pitt
Daniel Shea
Eleanor J. Sterling
Jamison D. Suter
Ann P. Tartre
Bernard A. Weintraub
Margaret D. Williams
Timothy J. Wohlgenant
class of 1994
Yosuke Abe
Oliver D. Barton
Mark T. Bryer
Jane L. Calvin
Cynthia Caron
Eliza J. Cleveland
Marlene B. Cole
Elizabeth H. Conover
Javier L. Dominguez
Amity A. Doolittle
Anne Paddock Downey
Mary Jensen Eddy
Charles T. Enders
Stephanie R. Flack
Catherine C. Garnett
Cynthia W. Henshaw
Erik Kulleseid
A. Felton Jenkins III
Michael D. Mo≠at
W. Keith Moser
Sean Murphy
David Mendl Nemerson
Donald K. Redmond
Colleen C. Reid
William A. Root IV
Jennifer O'Hara Palmiotto
Nicholas A. Shufro
Donna R. Stau≠er
William E. Stevenson
Eileen Cates Stone
Graham L. Trelstad
Diana K. Wheeler
Jane M. Whitehill
Jessica Bennett Wilkinson
class of 1995
Richard L. Blaylock
James A. Bryan
Karalyn L. Replogle Colopy
Lisa O. Fernandez
Kerry Anne Fitzmaurice
Robert J. Goldstein
Marie J. Gunning
Cassandra J. Hopkins
Johann Heinrich Jessen
Lindsey Brace Martinez
Adam Robert Moore
Tetsuro Mori
Ciara M. O'Connell
Jonathan L. Scheuer
Stuart W. Staley
Kristen Margaret Steck
class of 1996
Gary C. Barrett
Benjamin H. Becker
Derek C. Denniston
David G. Casagrande
Paulette S. Frank
Derek E. Halberg
Christopher T. Hanson
Philip B. Hu≠man
Namrita Kapur
Stephen P. Keim
Cami L. Kloster
Christopher C. Lotspeich
Edmond D. McCarthy
Lewis R. Nash
Rachel Husted O'Malley
Edmund E. Peck
Cathryn L. Po≠
Kathleen M Schomaker
Robin R. Sears
Brent L. Sohngen
Edward M. Walsh
Antoinette V. Wannebo
Pamela A. Weiant
Luise A. Woelflein
class of 1997
Nancy Osterweis Alderman
Thomas Anthony Baginski
Paulo G. Barreto
Jonathan Solomon Barron
H. Casey Cordes
Ellen G. Denny
Douglas Campbell Elliott
Alex Jay Finkral
David L. Galt
Jonathan Kohl
Martin Medina-Martinez
Shauna Alexander Mohr
David A.K. Pinney
Shalini K. Ramanathan
Debra W. Shepherd
Carter Patterson Smith
Tolan Doak Steele
Mary L. Tyrrell
Helene H. Wade
Alden M. Whittaker
Erik M. Wohlgemuth
class of 1998
Je≠rey Neal Adams
Manrique Rojas Araya
Nadine E. Block
Claire M. Corcoran
Tormod Dale
Christopher M. Elwell
Timothy Clarke Fritzinger
Bruce W. Hammond
Megan R. Hammond
Xinzhang Hu
Dirk Ludwig
Kristin Morico
Evan L. Preisser
Frances Raymond Price
Brian J. Rod
Joseph L. Taggart
Brian C. Watson
class of 1999
Kirsten Prettyman Adams
Stephanie L Campbell
Elizabeth Bennett Carroll
Nicole Smith Chevalier
Bryan C. de Ponce
Christopher B Espy*
Jennifer M. Garrison Ross
Andrea Cristofani Geurts
M. Anders Halverson
Andre Thierstein Heinz
Erin L Heitkamp
Megan Shane Hellstedt
Maria H. Ivanova
Robert Jason Klee
Noah Paul Matson
Allyson Brownlee Muth
Norris Zachary Muth
Brian P. O'Malley
William C. Price
Rajini Ramakrishnan
Eli Samuel Sagor
Benjamin Jacob Silberfarb
Suganthi Simon
Laurel J. Stegina
Sarah L. Tallarico
Charles H. Thompson
class of 2000
Eric G.N. Biber
Valerie Clare Bodet
Katherine Sye Grover
Waters Kellogg
Caroline Garrity Kuebler
Katherin Marie McArthur
Heather Joy McGray
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
honor roll
Sarah J. Morath
Anne Todd Osborn
Jason Richard Patrick
Carlos V. Pineda
Dylan T. Simonds
Gregory Frazier Socha
Janet C. Sturgeon
Harry Edward White
Scott C. Williams
class of 2001
Cordalie Benoit
Michael Anthony Benjamin
Elizabeth S. Baker
Adriana Casas
Matthew Roberts Clark
John Edward Daly
David S. Ellum
Mary Elizabeth Ford
Uromi Manage Goodale
Peter John Hill
Jesse D. Johnson
Stephanie Hanna Jones
Christian F. Kemos
Pia Marili Kohler
Christopher Joseph Losi
Colin Casey O'Brien
Valerie F. O'Donnell
Michel Woodard Ohly
Georgia Silvera Seamans
Abigail Bagasao Sarmac
Sasha Silver
Anna Birgitta Viggh
Bruce Eugene Westerman
class of 2002
Sherry Marin Altman
Elizabeth Joy Ban
Christian H. Binggeli
Yenyen Felicia Chan
Kimberly Day Danley
Peter Jon Deschenes
Matthew W.R. Eddy
Derik R. Frederiksen
Molly Kate Giese
Erin Wingfield Gray
John Francis Homan IV
Madeleine R. Klein
Elizabeth Robertson Levy
John Pullman Longstreth
Philip Marshall
Alfred Joseph May Jr.
Jay Thomas McLaughlin
Laura Phyllis Meadors
Douglas C. Morton
Christopher David Nelson
Ramsay Michel Ravenel
Jill Ferguson Trynosky
R. Zampierollo-Rheinfeldt
class of 2003
Charles Andrew Brunton
Marni Carroll
Nathaniel Webster Carroll
Melanie Ann Cutler
Stephen Paul Dettman
Olivia C. Glenn
Brian S. Goldberg
Oliver J. Grantham
Alexander N. Gritsinin
Benjamin David Hodgdon
Peter Christopher Land
Kelly E. Levin
Timothy H. Northrop
Nataliya V. Plesha
Elizabeth Mary Roberts
Samantha Gayle Rothman
Megan Elizabeth Roessing
Andrew Scott Winston
class of 2004
Jennifer Vogel Bass
Keith Roland Bisson
Elizabeth Bradford Borden
Laura A. Bozzi
Hahn-Ning Chou
Heather Kaplan Coleman
Claudia R. Coplein
Sarah Elizabeth Davidson
Manmita Dutta
Kristen Holopainen Kimball
Katherine Alice Lin
Amanda M. Maha≠ey
S. Tambi Matambo
Jennifer Lynne Molnar
Christopher Cabell Riely
Martha Miriam Walters
Jeremy James West
Ethan Hamill Winter
Heather Eileen Wright
class of 2005
Patrick Richard Burtis
Lisa Elaine DeBock
Seth Simrall Dunn
Brett Jacob Galimidi
Brett Dana Golden
Jocelyn Eileen Hittle
Aaron M. Hohl
Andrea Eleanor Johnson
Amy Kimball
Samuel P. Krasnow
Virginia Rheutan Lacy
Robert Ian Lamb
Emily Chapin Levin
Joseph Allan MacDougald
Amy Stevens Saar
Victoria Mireille Thompson
Elena Martina Traister
class of 2006
Jessica Miriam Albietz
Aravinda Joy Ananda
Patricia R. Bachmann
Ying Flora Chi
Konstantine A. Drakonakis
Susan Jean Ely
Ross Paul Geredien
Rachel Bara Gruzen
Daniel H. Jones
Christopher Ryan Meaney
Caren Tracy Mintz
Krista A. Mostoller
John David Neidel
Shuichi Ozawa
Sarah Patricia Price
Catherine Ann Schloegel
Benjamin Aaron Shepherd
Robert Mason Smith
Yeqing Zheng
class of 2007
Terry Tyrone Baker
Gordon Clement Clark
Brandi Adele Colander
Amanda Moss Cowan
Emily Dawn Enderle
Beth Jamie Feingold
Cassie Leigh Flynn
Todd Michael Gartner
David Richmond Gri≤th
James Arthur Howland
Tracy Monique Magellan
Kathryn Joanne Neville
Kevin Patrick Ogorzalek
Suzanne Elise Oversvee
Sarah Beth Percy
Laura Beth Robertson
Sara E. Smiley Smith
Jinlong Wang
Austin Flint Whitman
Rachel Susan Wilson
Tenley E. Wurglitz
class of 2008
Syeda Mariya Absar
Agha Ali Akram
Devorah Ancel
Georgia Basso
Jorge A. Bentin
Joshua A. Berman
Jessica Erin Boehland
Gerald Wallace Bright Jr.
Rayna Hake Caldwell
Jaime D. Carlson
Duncan Hin-Shing Cheung
Caitlin Carey Cusack
Christopher E. Clement
Marcia J. Cleveland
Michael Allan Davies
Laura Alexandra Frye-Levine
Joshua Joseph Gange
Dominique Synove Gilbert
Bella Gordon
Troy Derek Hill
Frank Patrick Holmes III
Scott Robert Laeser
Qi Feng Lin
Naoko Maruyama
Jennifer Ann McIvor
Kyle Kitson Meister
Stuart Cameron Murray
John Whitney Nixon III
Sara Bushey Ohrel
Caroline Elisabeth Raisler
Paula Bridget Randler
Edan Rotenberg
Angela Colleen Rutherford
Yuliya Shmidt
Colleen Robin Sullivan
Terry Michelle Unger
Brenna Elizabeth Vredeveld
Jason Adam Weiner
Julie Lynn Witherspoon
Carolina Gabriela Zambrano
Yong W. Zhao
class of 2009
Neda Arabshahi
Katharine Elizabeth Boicourt
Casey Crockett Brown
Heather Amira Colman-McGill
Audrey L. Davenport
Adrian James Deveny
Robert B. Gabler
Ramon Olivas Gastelum
Thomas E. Hodgman
Olusola Uchenna Ikuforiji
Claire Martine Jahns
Max Holtzman Joel
Todd William Jones
Chung-En J. Liu
Gabriela Alonso Mendieta
Andre Mershon
Tara Ann Moberg
Anastasia R. O'Rourke
Amir Joel Nadav
Elise N. Pae≠gen
Zachary Alan Parisa
Tristan James Peter-Contesse
Eric H. Roberts
Simon Lev Tudiver
Judith Sy-Ying Wu
Jack Alexander Yeh
class of 2010
Anonymous (3)
Michele Lisa Abbene
Abigail Lee Adams
Jennifer A. Baldwin
Gillian S. Bloomfield
Nasser Camilo Brahim
Hugh Clement Addokwei Brown
David Nathaniel Burns
Ian Taylor Cummins
Changxin Fang
Anobha Gurung
C. Walker Holmes
Adrian Corin Horotan
Jonathan C. Labozzetta
Catherine E. Manzo
Jason Paul Nerenberg
Hui W. Rodomsky
Zhao Tang
canopy JI fall 2014
Matthew Charles Thurston
John Frederick Thye
Kristin Carroll Tracz
Meredith Sauvalle Trainor
Alexandra N. Whitney
Kyle Wayne Williams
class of 2011
Adenike Sade Adeyeye
Margaret Wilde Arbuthnot
Andrew Hudson Breck
Xiaojiao Chen
Erin D. Clark
James Robert Collins
Melissa N. Ivins
Eliza A. Little
Ginamarie Jane Lopez
Danielle Suzanne Miley
Grady Whitman O'Shaughnessy
Jamie Ryan Pool
Katie Julane Schindall
Rebecca McKay Steinberg
Christopher Grant Tolley
Christine Jane Trac
Elizabeth Dickson Turnbull
Debbie S. Wang
Wanting Zhang
class of 2012
Gillian Thayer Baine
Alex Logan Barrett
Daniel Adam Berkman
Matthew Herbert
Emerson Browning
Wilson Mun Fei Chan
Anuj Manubhai Desai
Andres Gonzalez
Shane Michael Hetzler
Kendra M. James
Joanna Christine Julian
Rachel Anne Kramer
Sameer Kwatra
Alexandra Tabitha Lieberman
Brian David Marrs
Julia Serody Meisel
Munjed M. Murad
Michael Adams Parks
Ariel Patashnik
Mark Picton
Kevin Ram Samy
Jake Harris Seligman
Sharon Janelle Smith
Denise Konstanze Soesilo
Simon De Stercke
Nicholas William Tapert
Joseph Twu Teng
Sarah Ann Uhl
Yushuang Wang
Kayanna Warren
Yupu Zhao
Gregory William Zimmerman
Andrew Benito Zingale
Amy Elizabeth Zvonar
class of 2013
Alana Callagy
Mathew D. Dagan
Jose Medina Mora De Leon
Henry Glick
Ariana I. Gonzalez
Lauren E. Graham
Brendan D. Guy
Bradford P. Harrison
Naomi C. Heindel
Devin Judge-Lord
Mary Ellen Lemay
Justin Matthew
Dexter H. Locke
Victoria M. Lockhart
Matthew A. Long
Maclovia Quintana
Troy R. Savage
Courtney G. H. Seltzer
Teodora Stoyanova
Lisa C. Weber
Angela Y. Wu
class of 2014
Anonymous (21)
Brian Ambrette
Elizabeth T. M. Babalola
Sarah R. Barbo
Matthew C. Bare
Reginald Rex E. Barrer
Sonali Bhasin
Dominique Z. Bikaba
Samara M. Brock
Robert W. Buchkowski
Benjamin P. Butterworth
Starling W. Childs III
Dream Choi
How-Sen Chong
Bryan T. Crowley
Sangay Thinley Dorji
Caitlin Doughty
Bryan Joseph Eckstein
Caitlin A. Feehan
Benjamin C. Flores
Laura G. Franceschini
Benjamin Friedman
Klaus L. Geiger
Mariah J. Gill
Yiwen Gong
Aaron Greenfield
Emily M. Greenlee
Nora K. Hawkins
Tatiana E. Hayek
Catherine T. Herbert
Bailey A. Johansen
Chetana Kallakuri
Sarah A. Kettenmann
Joanne L. Klein
Marissa S. Knodel
Junxing Lan
Lynette H. Leighton
Fan Li
Tse Yang Lim
Desirée F. d. J. Lopes
Austin Lord
Zulimar Lucena
Diana K. Madson
Rachel H. Mak
Truman Mak
Sarah E. Marlay
Elizabeth B. McGovern
Hanna P. Mershman
William Niancen Miao
Leah D. Meth
Amy F. Mount
Valerie P. Moye
Shannon A. Murray
Avishesh Neupane
Lia K. Nicholson
Robert E. Orvis
Julius G. Pasay
Rauf F. Prasodjo
Rebecca Rabison
Taylor E. Rees
Holly M. Rippon-Butler
Beatriz M. Zavariz Romero
Christopher R. Rooks
Rebeka Ryvola
Anna E. Sakellariadis
Lauren K. Sanchez
James N. Santana
Matthew Sebonia
Erin M. Schnettler
Bessie R. Schwarz
Lindsi J. Seegmiller
Alexander D. Shepack
Juan I. Simonelli
Juer Song
Hilary A. Staver
Stephanie Stefanski
Kelly J. Stoner
Lily A. Sweikert
Maximilian N. Tattenbach
Elizabeth M. Tellman
Elgin W. Tucker Jr.
Karen A. Tuddenham
Lucas N. Tyree
Boloroo Uuganbayar
Kristo≠er J. van Naerssen
Andrew S. Veysey
Leila S. Virji
Constance L. Vogelmann
Paige E. Weber
Kaylee Rose Weil
Je≠rey Woodward
Jin Yin
Tess A. Zakaras
current students
Gladys V. Caballero
Renzo M. Mendoza Castro
Joanna M. Dafoe
Urs M. E. Dieterich
David S. Emmerman
Rebecca Gallagher
Katharine R. Gehron
William L. Georgia II
Julia R. Golomb
Caroline B. Goodbody
Susannah Harris
Angel Hertslet
Pablo Montes Iannini
Nicholas S. Kline
Gina LaCerva
Meng Li
Jennifer M. Milikowsky
Eric R. Plunkett
Devin C. Routh
Kevin P. Sherrill
Cary Simmons
Angela Steiner
Samuel Alexander Teicher
John R. Withall
Marian E. Vernon
Alexis Weintraub
Mark A. Woloszyn
Anonymous (5)
Leland Adams Jr. and
Martha Adams
Gregory L. Armstrong
Robert L. Armstrong
Mellard Ashton
Peter S. Ashton
Laura A. Bakkensen
Peter M. Baldwin
Frank E. Ball*
Frederic M. Ball Jr.
Thomas A. Barron
Edmund Bartlett III
Catherine Bates
Elizabeth G. Beinecke*
Forrest C. Berkley
Ann M. Bitetti
Jabe Blumenthal
Marsha Bollinger
Patricia Borghesan
Angelica Braestrup
Kilbee C. Brittain
Christina L. Brown
Coleman P. Burke
Robert M. Burr
Jonathan J. Bush
Larry G. Chang
Keith Chrisman
Joseph L. Cissna
Elena Citkowitz*
Joseph Colaccino
Sandra R. Colaccino
Paulette Cooper
Peter B. Cooper
Robert Cooper
George M. Covington
Peter R. Crane
Trammell S. Crow
Edgar M. Cullman Jr.
Georgina Davie Cullman
Thomas Curry
Marilyn C. Curtis
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
honor roll
Robert S. Curtis
Inger K. Damon
Frederick W. Davis*
Joanne DeBernardo
Lee DeHihns
Joseph C. DeLuca
Abigail E. Disney
Strachan Donnelley*
Matthew Dost
Daniel C. Edelson
James Eflin
Mark Ehrman
Christopher J. Elliman
Dan Emmett
Thomas K. Emmons
Frederick V. Ernst
Daniel C. Esty
Lee H. Farnham
Howell L. Ferguson
Jaimie Field
Dan Fleet
Ladd P. Flock
Kristin Lomell Floyd
Allyn C. Ford
John G. Fritzinger Jr.
Gordon T. Geballe
Murray Gell-Mann
Bradford S. Gentry
Eugenie I. Gentry
Jay Gooch
John C. Gordon
Kate Gould
Thomas E. Graedel
Hillel C. Gray
John Grim
Gerald Grinstein
Arnulf Grubler
James G.R. Hart
Pierre N. Hauser II
Christopher Hebdon
Frank O.A. Heintz
Marquita Hill
C. Talbott Hiteshew Jr.
Alexander P. Hixon
Dylan H. Hixon
Joseph M. Hixon III
John D. Ho≠man Jr.
Bonnie Jacobs
Philipp Jarke
David A. Jones Sr.
M. Albin Jubitz Jr.
Stephen D. Kahn
Christopher Kaneb
Martin S. Kaplan
Van Stuart Katzman
John B. Kirby Jr.
Samuel M. Kleiner
Carl W. Knobloch Jr.
Mary Helen Korbelik
Emma Kravet
Richard E. Kroon
William C. Kunkler III
Ayako O. Kurihara
Liza Laguno≠
Joanne V. Landau
Joyce E. Laudise
Richard H. Lawrence Jr.
James Leitner
James N. Levitt
Jacqueline Lewin
Charlton M. Lewis
Reid J. Lifset
David S. Litman
Silas Little III
David Paul Lose≠
Thomas E. Lovejoy
John McCall MacBain
Roger L. Mayer
Mary McAllister
Jonathan E. McBride
Elizabeth F. McCance
Margaret K. McCarthy
Duncan M. McFarland
Subhash Mehta
Roger D. Mellem
Vicky Meretsky
Arthur N. Milliken
Tamanna Mohapatra
Peter R. Moody Jr.
Garrett M. Moran
Lawrence Morris
Daniel Mullen
Reverend Albert P. Neilson
Marne Obernauer Jr.
Gilman Ordway
Frederick W. Pape Jr.
Vicente S. Perez
Dan L. Perlman
Sarah Pope
Gabriel Quadri
Kenneth M. Raisler
Edward R. Ranney
Diana Mendley Rauner
William K. Reilly
Rosemary L. Ripley
John M. Roberts
Jonathan F.P. Rose
Barbara F. Ruth
Andrew E. Sabin
Kim Samuel
Charles C. Savitt
Christopher Glenn Sawyer
Frances Elizabeth Sawyer
David T. Schi≠
Robert J. Schloss
Nathaniel Scholz
Kenneth B. Schulman
Margaret J. Segal
Martin L. Senzel
Karen Seto
Elmina B. Sewall
Elizabeth Sidamon-Eristo≠
Aaron Simms
Eric Snyder
David A. Sobotka
Sacha Henry Spector
Dennis Stansell
Sara Steele
Charlotte K. Stichter
Harry S. Stout III
Edward L. Strohbehn Jr.
Corinne Praus Sze
Mary Lou Taggart
Richard J. Taggart
Leigh Ann Talmage-Perez
Tom Tietenberg
Stirling Tomkins Jr.
Mary E. Tucker
Paul M. Uhler
John Vann
Bert von Roemer
J. David Waggonner III
Rodney B. Wagner
Michael W. Ward
William D. Waxter III*
Michael Weiser
James Welch
Marianne Welch
Howard P. Welt
Joseph H. Williams
Mason Willrich
Lyndel J. Wishcamper
Katherine Wood
Bill Yeates
donor spotlight:
Vicente Perez and Leigh Talmage-Perez, Friends of F&ES
Vince and Leigh Perez have been supporting Yale students for the
past three years because of their strong belief that the business
and environment communities must be led by the best and brightest,
working together to solve global environmental challenges. Based
in the Philippines but with business interests in sustainable energy
and eco-tourism in a number of countries, Vince and Leigh have witnessed firsthand the importance of having the skillset and vocabulary
to transcend boundaries and break down barriers. Introduced to Yale
and New Haven when Vince was a 2005 Yale World Fellow, Vince
and Leigh have continued their involvement by serving on the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale and
sponsoring a student from a non-OECD country in the joint-degree
program between F&ES and the Yale School of Management (SOM).
This year, they are adding a gift to support a summer internship at
WWF-Asia Pacific, where Vince is also on the international board,
making it possible for our students to gain real-world conservation
finance experience in addition to the educational opportunities
they already provide.
"We have been impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of the
joint F&ES-SOM graduates we have met through the years, and we
hope to contribute to the global awareness of this unique joint
degree program." — Vince and Leigh Perez
corporations, foundations
and organizations
The Alcoa Foundation
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
B Shivery Trust
British Ecological Society
Bu≠alo Bill Memorial Association
Center for International
Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Christian A. Johnson
Endeavor Foundation
Climate and Land Use Alliance
Community Foundation for
Greater New Haven
The Curtis & Edith Munson
DEKRA Automotive North
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur
Disney Worldwide Services
Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation
Elizabeth Haub Foundation
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Emily Hall Tremaine
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
Energy Foundation
European Recycling Platform
Flora L. Thornton Foundation
The Frederick and Margaret L.
Weyerhaeuser Foundation
GE Foundation
The George B. Storer Foundation
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Germeshausen Foundation Inc.
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Google Inc.
Gordon E & Betty I Moore
Grantham Foundation for
the Protection of the
Harold M and Adeline S
Morrison Family Foundation
International Bank for
Reconstruction and
International Council on
Mining & Metals
International Institute for
Environment and
International Paper
International Stainless Steel
International Union of Forest
Research Organization
Island Press
The John D. & Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation
JP Morgan Chase
The Kimberly Clark Foundation
Land Trust Alliance
Lenox D. Baker Jr. & Frances
W. Baker Foundation
Materion Corporation
MeadWestvaco Foundation
Mondi Services
National Geographic Society
The Nature Conservancy
New Hampshire Charitable
The New York Community Trust
The Nickel Institute
Next Step Living Inc.
Norcross Wildlife Foundation,
The Overhills Foundation
P & G Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Pratt & Whitney
Prince Albert II of Monaco
Foundation USA
Reverse Logistics Group
Rolls-Royce PLC
Schmidt Family Foundation
Serengeti Trading Company
Shell Royal Dutch
Sigma Xi
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Southwestern Energy Company
Stora Enso Wood Supply
Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.
Themis Bar Review LLC
United Nations Foundation
University of Wyoming V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
Vale Metals
Waggonner & Ball Architects
William Penn Foundation
World Business Council for
Sustainable Development
Worldwide Fund for Nature
Wyss Foundation
* Deceased
Although we have made every e≠ort to recognize everyone who has generously contributed in support
of the students and programs at F&ES, we apologize if any name has been inadvertently omitted.
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Thank you Class Secretaries — we appreciate all the work you do to encourage your classmates to submit updates for Class Notes
and to help keep your class connected to F&ES!
Welcome to the new 2014 Class Secretaries: William Georgia, Chetana Kallakuri, Lin Shi, Cary Simmons, and Karen Tuddenham.
If you have an update to share for the next edition of CANOPY, please email it to [email protected]
Jack Rose
[email protected]
Karl Spalt
[email protected]
Class Secretary
Patrick Du≠y writes: “Highlights this
year included helping my committee to
expand the subject matter of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Section of
the International Association for Impact
Assessment to include Biodiversity,
Aquaculture, Livestock/Ranching, Fertilizers and Pesticides, Water Development,
Socioeconomic Dimensions, and Gender
Considerations. This follows the 2012
publication of the “EIA Guidelines for FAO
Field Projects” by Je≠ Tschirley and Patrick
Du≠y, which was 20 years in the making.
We expect up to 1,000 IAIA members to
attend the 2015 Conference in Florence,
Italy, in April, with a good representation from our section. Here in Vancouver
the students at the University of British
Columbia Forestry Faculty hosted the
successful 42nd International Forestry
Students Symposium In September with
over 100 participants from a host of countries. Some of the organizing committee
members were mentees of mine from the
past few years. I continue to encourage
UBC students to consider F&ES for master’s and doctoral graduate work, while
promoting the option for F&ES grads to
consider UBC for its doctoral programs. I
attended the October 30, 2013, Vancouver
meeting of Vanessa Lamers ’13, F&ES
Admissions Recruiter, with 17 students
from UBC and the University of Victoria,
B.C. Personally, the annual trekking in
the Canadian Rockies in September
continues. This is the 60th year celebrating the 1954 start with Gordon Weetman
’58, ’62 Ph.D., in Mount Assiniboine
Provincial Park. And yes, the ski season
at Whistler is around the corner.”
Class Secretaries
Scott Wallinger
[email protected]
Karl Spalt writes: “I’m retired since 1998
from the reconstituted wood products
field (flakeboard, particleboard, mediumdensity fiberboard [MDF], hardboard, and
molded wood fiber products). I worked for
U.S. Plywood, Sherwin-Williams, Masonite,
and JELD-WEN Inc., and lived in seven
states. My wife of 55 years, Judy, gave me
a son Bruce and daughter Brenda. She
has two “boys,” 18 and 20. Cameron was
pointed out as having genius abilities and
knowledge in a few areas like electronics
and robotics at middle school graduation and participates in robotics club as a
mentor now. Jeremy is at Yavapai Junior
College here in Prescott, Ariz., hoping to
become a pilot, having learned to fly and
flown planes a few times. Both are quite
into drones and Cameron has made a
couple of them. I’m awaiting proofs to
finalize approval of a book I’ve spent
ten years on sporadically, about pen pal
letters written from a young Viennese to
a young American teacher, 1929–1946. It
is titled Frances and Viky: Romance and
Adventure Across the Ocean Blue. It’s both
an e-book and paperback. Topics include
romance, politics, activism, travel, and
sports. Discussions by the author of the
letters about the Great Depression, world
leaders, and the Great War are central
to the presentations of contemporary
historical information. The narrative is
mainly true.”
Scott Wallinger writes: “My calendar
continues to stay too full. As a member
of the Board of Trustees of the North
Carolina State University College of
Natural Resources, I’ve been involved
in activities to sell the College’s 80,000-
acre Hofmann Forest in eastern N.C. and
restructure the Foundation board to better support the CNR strategy. The sale has
been controversial among some NCSU
alumni, but in reality the forest hasn't
been used for any meaningful degree of
research and teaching for a few decades,
and its cash income is relatively small
in comparison to its market value. The
Foundation has contracted a sale that will
keep it in operation as a working forest
and, ultimately, under conservation easements. Closer to home, after a successful
campaign to protect a large area around
the huge and culturally significant Angel
Oak, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust
asked me to join its Board in July. So, a
new undertaking in a dynamic organization that has protected more than
100,000 acres via conservation easements since its beginning. It’s gearing
up for even more active land protection
initiatives in the rapidly developing South
Carolina Lowcountry. In parallel, I’m on a
task force to find means to curtail development on Johns Island near Charleston.
The Manhattan-sized, rural area is under
significant development pressure, and the
task force is working on ways to restrict
development, better protect AfricanAmerican “heirs property” that has title
issues, restore vibrant agriculture, and
better protect the island’s many cultural
and historic resources. I still serve on the
Board of The Charleston Museum and
on an advisory committee to a TIMO. But,
it’s not all work. Last year, via these items
in CANOPY, I renewed contact with F&ES
classmate Javier Moro in Spain after a
gap of several decades. We’re exchanging
e-mails periodically. For fun, he writes to
me in Spanish, and I write to him in Portuguese…although he’s fluent in English.
Who knows what’s next?”
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Stephen Hanover writes: “My wife and
I rejoiced in a beautiful cruise this past
summer to include the Fjords of Norway.
What a beautiful spectacle including
forests and fauna, plus all those waterfalls. Norway does indeed have the true
Norway spruce! I suggest putting this
into your “bucket list” if you have not
already done this one. We attended the
F&ES Reunion Weekend in October.”
Class Secretary
Harold Nygren
[email protected]
Bart Young writes: “I am living in Uganda
and will have my citizenship soon. I have
been working in Morocco as a short-term
consultant from 2011 to 2014. I have been
assisting them in the preparation of tourism zone plans for four of their national
parks. I spend a lot of time at my cottage
on Lake Victoria.”
Class Secretary
Roy Deitchman
[email protected]
Roy Deitchman writes: “I retired as Vice
President, Environmental Health and
Safety (EHS) at Amtrak in October 2012
due to a reorganization. I was not ready to
stop working, however, and am currently
employed at Exelis, an aerospace and defense firm, doing safety and environmental work for client organizations such as
NASA and the FAA. I live in Rockville, Md.
My kids are continuing to do environmental work as Rich is practicing water law
in Sacramento, Calif., and Ben is teaching
energy and environmental policy at the
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Pretty soon, Linda and I will have to figure
out where really to retire.”
Tom Dunn continues to wander away
from the forest with his career! In June,
the Food Packaging Division of the Institute of Food Technologists awarded him a
career achievement award. This summer,
he served on grant review panels for the
USDA National Institute of Food and
Agriculture. His book Flexible Packaging
Manufacturing: Materials, Machinery and
Technologies was published by Elsevier
this fall.
Mark Triebwasser writes: “I am still
employed with Weyerhaeuser, 41 years
now. For the last 31 years, I have been the
manager of the company’s Aurora Forest
Nursery in Aurora, Ore. It is a challenging
but satisfying position as I see my seedlings turn forests green and now seeing
my first seedlings being harvested to
build homes. My wife Glenda retired
as Director of the Mololla Library in July.
I have one daughter who is married but
no children.”
Class Secretary
Hallie Metzger
[email protected]
Jean Thomson Black has been promoted to Senior Executive Editor at Yale
University Press, where she has worked
since 1990. She has been responsible for
acquisition and development of books for
the Terry Lectures, Yale Agrarian Studies
Series, and Yale University Press Health &
Wellness. Jean has published nearly 500
titles, and her books have earned more
than 100 prizes and awards, including the
American Association of Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards
for Excellence, the American Medical
Writers Association Solimene Awards, the
National Outdoor Book Awards, and the
New York Times Notable Books of the Year,
among many more.
Evan Griswold serves as the F&ES Alumni
Fund chairman. While welcoming a fourth
grandchild, he continues to focus on land
conservation in the Connecticut River
Valley. He also volunteers with the Lyme
(Conn.) Land Trust, the Old Lyme Watercourses and Wetlands Commission, and
the Old Lyme Open Space Commission.
Hallie Metzger writes: “I am now editor
of the newsletter of TIMPRO CT (the Timber Producers Association of Connecticut),
a nonprofit dedicated to providing information and education about environmental, scientific, and legislative issues
to foresters, loggers, and others who work
in our state’s woods. I have volunteered to
help plan our 40th Reunion next October,
so please send me suggestions and ideas.
Sadly, my dream — a Terr Eco session with
Tom Siccama — will remain a dream.”
Arthur Weissman writes: “My organization, Green Seal, recently celebrated
its 25th Anniversary with a Gala at the
Newseum in Washington, D.C., featuring
Bill Nye (the Science Guy), Denis Hayes (of
Earth Day fame), Rachelle Carson-Begley,
the Federal Environmental Executive, and
other notables. I have been at Green Seal
now for 21 years, heading it for the last 17
years. This past year I also came out with
a book about my experience in helping
to spawn the green economy movement. The book is entitled In the Light of
Humane Nature: Human Values, Nature,
the Green Economy, and Environmental
Salvation. Published by Morgan James
Press, the book is available in the usual
online places; I invite all to read and comment. The main theme is that despite all
our e≠orts and some progress, we won’t
achieve a sustainable society until our
values embrace a true concern for all of
the world around us, including other humans, other species, and the environment
at large. This monograph with its moral
argument complements Green Seal’s
current thrust to make a di≠erence in the
consumer market as we have in the institutional one, hoping to awaken people
to the dire need to care about their world
and help transform the economy that so
a≠ects it. A final word in fond memory
of my dear friend, our classmate Bostjan
Anko, whose sudden death last year was
a complete shock and grievous loss to all.”
Class Secretaries
Fred Hadley
∑[email protected]
Gail Reynolds
[email protected]
Ann Clarke, ’92 D.F.E.S. writes: “I just
returned from more than two weeks of
hiking in Scotland, with one week on the
island of Skye. One hike involved working
oneself sideways across a very steep slope
to reach spectacular cli≠s overlooking
the sea. I clung to the beautiful purple
heather. Another hike involved climbing
straight up using toe holds in the peat,
again to reach cli≠s with incredible views
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and geologic formations. Beautifully clear
weather. Definitely worth the e≠ort. Earlier this summer, we visited Crater Lake,
Yosemite, Petrified Forest, and Lassen
Volcanic National Parks. I will be presenting a paper at the Monterey Institute of
International Studies Center for Conflict
Studies conference on water in November.
The presentation is an extension of a
paper on using alternative dispute
resolution techniques to address conflict
in fracking projects presented at the
National Association of Environmental
Professionals annual meeting this
past April.”
Thea Hayes’s youngest daughter Rachel
graduated from David Douglas High
School in June, and she took her to
Eugene in September to start at the
University of Oregon, pursuing a degree in
international studies. She is busy editing
curriculum materials for OSU’s Sea Grant
Invasive Species Toolkit, acting as a Board
Member of the Oregon Invasive Species
Council, and substitute teaching in the
many school districts around her home in
Portland, Ore. She is the President of the
Alpha Chapter of Oregon ADK and is the
new Oregon ADK Excellence in Education Chair. Thea lost her WWII veteran
dad in September to a prolonged illness,
and is spending emotional time with her
mother. She would love to hear from you.
Mark Plotkin will be giving a lecture on
the Amazon Conservation Team’s e≠orts
to protect the uncontacted tribes of the
northwest Amazon at the TED Global
Conference in Rio de Janeiro.
Gail Kalison Reynolds writes: “Now that
I work for University of Connecticut
Extension, I attended the “100th Anniversary of Extension Dinner” recently held in
Storrs. I was very pleasantly surprised to
bump into Carol Youell and her husband
Russ Bidwell at the gala. And the very
next day I attended the Land Trust
Alliance Rally Conference in Providence,
R.I., and ran into Amy Catterton Yanofsky!
What a special weekend for me.”
Class Secretaries
Therese Feng
[email protected]
Roberta Tabell Jordan
[email protected]
Dusti (Gardner) Becker will be joining
Solomon Islands National University as
Dean of the School of Natural Resources
and Applied Sciences in January 2015.
Her husband, Dr. Anthony Povilitis, will
continue to direct Life Net Nature, their
non-profit conservation organization,
from Honiara.
Class Secretary
Alexander Brash
[email protected]
Henry Whittemore writes: “We are well.
Darcy works for the Bicycle Coalition of
Maine, working with schools and communities to promote safe, healthy lifestyles
for youngsters. Katie is chef at a new all
loca-vore restaurant in Portland, Maine,
called Vinland. Sam graduated from MIT
with a degree in mechanical engineering
and is co-founder/engineer of a startup in
avalanche prediction/prevention in backcountry skiing situations based in Park
City, Utah. I have just left the company I
was with for more than seven years and
am branching out on my own under the
banner of my LLC, Crow’s Nest Collaborative, named for our camp on Torsey Lake
in Mount Vernon, Maine. My first project
is a multi-year, 30,000-hectare (target)
Khaya spp. plantation estate in Brazil. I
am working with a group of Australian
and Kiwi tree breeders, silviculturists,
and plantation growers. Should be fun!
Wish me luck!”
Class Secretary
Robert Unsworth
[email protected]
Laura Brown and Rob Ramey are newly
empty-nesters, consulting on endangered
species issues (sage grouse/oil and gas
development lately) and making a yearly
pilgrimage to Namibia to keep track of
a population of desert elephants. They
write: “Give a shout if you are in the
Boulder/Denver area — we are a stone’s
throw from the Continental Divide, Rocky
Mountain National Park, and lots of elk,
moose, and other marvelous critters.”
In addition to his day job as a consultant,
over the past year Bob Unsworth visited
colleges with his daughter who is a high
school senior, managed the care of his
elderly dad, traveled with his wife and
daughter and the rest of the Yale Alumni
Service Corps (YASC) to a small village in
Rajasthan, India, and returned to Ghana
in May to continue YASC’s work on a library in Yamoransa. Their work as a family
with YASC has been exceptionally fun and
rewarding — he encourages all alumni
to check it out. This spring he also joined
the Board of the Student Conservation
Association, working to encourage the
next generation of conservationists!
Class Secretaries
Christie Coon
[email protected]
Melissa Paly
[email protected]
Libby Moore writes: “Bob and I took our
family to Washington, D.C., last April and
met up with former Yale geology Ph.D.
student and Cosey Beach housemate
Kirk Johnson, who is now Director of the
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. We met him on a Saturday
for a behind-the-scenes tour through
the miles of halls of collections, where
he opened drawers and had us trying to
identify what we saw, from coprolites to
a giant sloth femur. We also saw the type
specimen for Pterodactyl and lots of other
cool stu≠.”
Melissa Paly writes: “I’ve had a few happy
F&ES encounters in the last few months.
Just before setting o≠ on a week-long
sailing trip in Penobscot Bay, Maine, with
my family, I stopped in at Sawyer’s Market
in the Southwest Harbor for last-minute
provisions. Eric Carlson ’86 called out
my name, and we spent a few minutes
yakking next to the ice chest. He’s living
in Seattle, but his wife has roots in Maine.
Just as I mentioned I’d been at a board
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meeting of the Maine Coast Heritage
Trust with classmate Peter Blanchard ’86,
he walked in on cue. Following a glorious
week of sailing, I had the good fortune of
spending a lovely afternoon with Laura
Falk McCarthy at her parents’ sweet
house on Damariscotta Lake in beautiful
Maine. She’s doing all sorts of great stu≠
as Conservation Director at TNC in New
Yoel Seton writes: “Last year about this
time, my wife Laura and I returned to
Israel with our two newly adopted sons,
Danny and Yishai (aged 3 and 4). Needless to say, becoming parents of two very
active little boys in our early 50s has been
full of challenges. Now the boys are 4 and
5, going strong, and we are bonding very
well as a family. Earlier this year we were
blessed to be able to move into a new
apartment, all on one level and with a
huge balcony, which is just right for us as
older parents with two active sons. If any
F&ES alums are in Jerusalem, maybe you
can come enjoy our panoramic view of
the Old City and Mount of Olives.”
Class Secretaries
Diane Stark
[email protected]
Philip Voorhees
[email protected]
Holly Welles
[email protected]
V. Bhaskar writes: “I laid down my service
as Professor of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Agricultural
Sciences, Bangalore, in August 2009.
During the last 11 years of my service, I
was Director of National A≠orestation and
Eco-development Board (Regional Centre),
Ministry of Environment and Forest,
Government of India, when I was engaged
in monitoring and evaluating a number of
a≠orestation projects in four southern Indian states, conducting training programs
and workshops for State Department Forest o≤cers, evaluating a≠orestation works
for the country’s most prestigious Indira
Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards, and so
on. Since then I have been working as a
Visiting Scientist at the Botanical Garden
at the University. In 2012, I published a
book, Taxonomic Monograph on Impatiens
L. (Balsaminaceae) of Western Ghats —
the Key Genus for Endemism, and in 2013
another book on Flora of Tumkur District,
Karnataka. I am also serving as Research
Consultant and Technical Advisor for the
Vanadurgi agarwood India Pri. Ltd. and
as an expert committee member on the
Karnataka State Biodiversity Board. Presently I am in the United States to attend
my daughter’s graduation at the University of Idaho and visiting various places.
My son is a software engineer in Seattle
and I stayed with him for some time at
Issaquah. The forests in Washington made
me remember the silvicultural classes by
Professor D.M. Smith. Washington State
University invited me to give a guest
lecture on May 16 on “Root hairs — the
‘respiratory gills’ of roots”, a theory which I
propounded along with Professor Graeme
P. Berlyn and published in the New York
Journal of Sustainable Forestry in 1993 and
a detailed book in 2003.”
Je≠ Campbell writes: “I am now working
as the Manager of the Forest and Farm
Facility (FFF) in Rome. The FFF is a partnership between FAO, IUCN, and IIED, and we
focus on strengthening forest and farm
producer organizations in 10 countries
and support their federations and associations at higher regional and global level
events as well. The work is rewarding but
involves a lot of travel. Christina is with
me here and teaching at the American
British International School. Kids are in
various stages of graduate school and
work all over the world. We are enjoying
being in Rome and Italy, and are surrounded by F&ES friends and colleagues here at
FAO. Please look us up if you are in Rome.
Diane Stark writes: “I changed careers
after being an urban and transportation
planner since graduating from F&ES. I am
now a Fundraising Manager for Global
Footprint Network. It’s an international,
environmental nonprofit that measures
the resources (land, water, etc.) we are
using in each nation and city compared
to how much is available. The intent is to
use this information to make changes to
reduce our “footprint” to have a sustainable planet. (Right now, as a planet, we
use 1.5 times more resources than we have
available.) I also am making my documentary, Tuesday Lunch, about a 45-year-old
friendship of a group of LI activist women.
Come visit in the San Francisco Bay Area,
the land of eternal spring.”
Tom Strumolo writes: “We recently celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary by
not doing anything. Some of the five kids
called to acknowledge the event. Triplet
grandchildren are an Internet sensation
and not costing Ann and me very much
at all yet. Since the open heart surgery
— quintuple bypasses — on my 60th
birthday, I have had few old-age issues. I
am working more and better than ever in
energy e≤ciency and increasingly (back)
in solar. My company, Energy General (EG),
is currently expanding in Florida (another
old-age decision), though Ann will never
go there. We are under contract to Florida
Gulf Coast University (FSCU) and are
reducing their carbon footprint through
e≤ciency retrofits. EG is doing the same
thing at Wellesley College and now right
next to F&ES at the new, spectacular Yale
SOM building, Evans Hall. I am beginning
a campaign to speed things up in this
field, as I enter my 40th year. I am hanging
with Anne Hartley ’87 at FGCU occasionally — kind of fun to have another F&ES
classmate around. We have a huge empty
house here in Norfolk — which many of
you will remember — right near where we
met at the MODs in 1986. Come visit.
Class Secretary
Jane Freeman
[email protected]
Jenny Aley writes: “After 15 years as a Town
Naturalist, Environmental Educator, and
then Senior Park Naturalist, I recently left
my position at Brookside Nature Center in
Montgomery County, Md., to join my husband Steve Gold in northern New Jersey.
In addition to my naturalist work at Brookside Nature Center, I also expanded and
managed their volunteer program and supervised and mentored both college and
high school interns. Steve, who attended
Yale Law School, worked in environmental
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enforcement for the Justice Department
in Washington, D.C., for 18 years. He now
teaches environmental law at Rutgers. We
are looking for a house, and I'm looking
for work in northern New Jersey. We love
traveling and most recently have visited
Alaska, New Mexico, France, Spain, and
Ireland. In my spare time I enjoy watercolor painting, and we both love bird
Ketty Faichampa writes: “I could not
attend Reunion Weekend as I was in
Hawaii the week before. My daughter
wants to check out the University of
Hawaii at Manoa and at Hilo; she wants
to study seed and soil sciences for her
undergraduate studies. I keep telling
her that she will have to check out Yale
F&ES for graduate school. For the past six
years, I have been working as a registered
nurse in cardio thoracic surgery, then
gastrointestinal surgery. Four months
ago I switched completely. I now work for
FrontierMedex, which is part of United
Healthcare International. I coordinate
care for critically ill clients and get them
to the proper level of care. If there is no
appropriate level of care in that country
we evacuate them. (Like evacuating a
client from the Sakhalin Islands o≠ the
coast of Siberia to Helsinki, Finland.)
We arrange commercial flights, air ambulances, medical escort sta≠, you name it.
I wish I could go to our 25th reunion. Hopefully there will be pictures and updates. It
would be good to hear how everybody is
Jane Freeman writes: “I just started a new
job with the USDA Forest Service as the
Nevada State Liaison, and my husband
John and I moved back to California to the
tiny town of Markleeville, which is in the
mountains just south of Lake Tahoe.”
CJ May is expanding his use of magic
in environmental education. In addition
to shows on recycling, energy/climate
change, and open space, he is training
environmental educators in a few “tricks”
to increase the impact of their presentations. To follow up on leads to perform
in China, he put his Mandarin language
skills to work in creating identical promo
videos, one in Mandarin, for future Chinese audiences. Look for Cyril the Sorcerer
on YouTube for these and other environ-
mental videos. CJ really enjoyed
taking his Class Agent duties so seriously
that he handwrote invitations to Reunion
for each classmate.;
Dave Tobias writes: “I’ve been heading
up NYC’s Watershed Land Acquisition
Program for the past 18 years and have
put many lessons learned at F&ES to
work in both field and o≤ce. 130,000
acres later, we’re also now assisting with
real estate needs on a huge infrastructure project involving construction of a
$1-billion, 2-mile aqueduct under the
Hudson River, which will further augment what is often called the Eighth
Wonder of the World (NYC's water supply). I saw several old F&ES comrades at
the 2014 Land Trust Rally in Providence
and several (not enough!) F&ES alums
at our 25th Reunion. I invite any and all
to swing by for a visit (whether at the
same time or not); I'm in Rhinebeck.
Get or stay in touch!”
Class Secretary
Gwen Thomas
[email protected]
Margo Burnham writes: “Phineas (5-yearold son), Kenneth (husband), and I spent
half the summer in Maine with my family,
and now we’re back in San Francisco, preparing for a month in Oaxaca to celebrate
local cuisine, language, and my next big
birthday. If anyone will be in Oaxaca in
October – November, let me know!”
Gwen Thomas writes: “We had a summer of travels that included a special
three-generation trip to Turkey complete
with visiting the Blue Mosque, a boat trip
on the Bosphorus, ambling around the
Turkish World Heritage Site Safronbolu,
exploring ruins built by the Greeks and
fought over by Roman, Byzantine, and
Ottoman Empires, and swimming in the
Aegean Sea. The summer ended with a
great mother–daughter road trip from
Maine to Texas, during which we turned
o≠ all technology, navigated by something called a map, and stopped in fun
spots for hiking, swimming, and even —
for kicks — Graceland, the home of Elvis
Presley. I am heading to Alpine, Texas, in a
couple weeks for an exciting conference
on Ecological Restoration in the Southwest and I’m looking forward to sharing
experiences with colleagues from Arizona,
New Mexico, Nevada, and California.”
Class Secretaries
Dean Gibson
[email protected]
Molly Goodyear
[email protected]
Heather Merbs
[email protected]
Tom O’Shea writes: “On this weekend
last year, I attended the Class of 1993’s
20th Reunion. It was inspiring and heartwarming to see many of our classmates
again and hear all of the 20 years of
personal and professional journeys and
accomplishments! Since that weekend,
2014 has been an eventful year for me
and my family. My wife Sarah gave birth
to our first child and son, Brendan Patrick,
who is such a joy and blessing. I completed my first year with The Trustees
of Reservations (the nation’s oldest land
trust) as Director of Stewardship and
Field Operations after a 15-year career and
previous position as Assistant Director of
Wildlife with the Massachusetts Division
of Fisheries and Wildlife. This year was
also my fifth reunion with my classmates
at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Although I missed some of you at
last year’s Reunion, I would love to hear
from you.”
Class Secretaries
Jane Calvin
[email protected]
Cynthia Henshaw
[email protected]
Jane Whitehill
[email protected]
Erik Kulleseid regrets having missed our
October Reunion in New Haven. However, he had a pretty good weekend, too:
immersed in getting the girls to Saturday swim practice, buying a new toilet,
chau≠euring five 14-year-old girls to the
Homecoming Dance and, finally, getting
husband Mark and one daughter outside
on a beautiful Sunday to climb Vroman’s
Nose in Middleburgh, N.Y.
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Joaquin Leguia couldn’t make it to the
reunion, but he was still connecting with
our class members: “At the exact time you
guys were gathering, JJ (James Jiler ’95)
and I were hanging out in Miami!
We went to Little Havana where he lives,
visited some of his projects, and talked
about how we can work together in the
near future! I will see Javier Dominguez
’94 in a couple of days in Lima. He will
stay with me and my family.”
Jane Whitehill loved Reunion Weekend.
“There’s always somebody I didn't really
know who (it turns out) is so sympathetic.” I got to see Graeme Berlyn,
caught up with classmates and their
children, and played on East Rock. Big
thanks to the School, who let us have
our class after-TGIF party in high style.”
Class Secretary
Paul Calzada
[email protected]
José Juan Terrasa-Soler just published
a book chapter entitled The Caribbean
Landscape Cyborg: Designing Green Infrastructure for La Parguera, Puerto Rico. It
is Chapter 20 of the book Revising Green
Infrastructure: Concepts between Nature
and Design released November 6, 2014.
The book is a review of contemporary
ideas in green infrastructure theory and
design, with examples from across the
globe. More information and the Table of
Contents are available at:
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Erika Schaub
eas≠[email protected]
Zikun Yu
[email protected]
Sylvia (Stone) Busby has left her role
with San Diego Audubon to pursue
her own science-based conservation
communications consulting enterprise,
Stone Communications. She is still based
in San Diego, Calif.
Class Secretaries
Leigh Cash
[email protected]
Adam Chambers
[email protected]
Jennifer Grimm
[email protected]
Leigh Cash is loving her postdoc in
the statistical sciences group at Los
Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
She, her husband James, and their 3
dogs (Tango, Luke, and Lola) just moved
into a home overlooking one of the canyons. The move was a huge pain, but the
yard and the views make it all worth it.
Kerry Cesareo writes: “Jim Woodworth
and I are enjoying the decent urban tree
canopy of Takoma Park, Md., with Celia (7)
and Ian (5). I’m Senior Director, Forests at
WWF-US, and Jim is Director of Tree Planting at Casey Trees. We get to see a good
number of F&ESers living in and passing
through D.C. — including the occasional
Dechen Dorji sighting! Dechen is now a
fellow Panda along with Roberta Elias
and many others.”
Matt Clark notes that he and Abby (Sarmac) and their two boys, Rowan (almost
eight) and Quillan (five) will be moving
to Loja, Ecuador, in February. “I’ve gotten a
job with Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional and will be doing fundraising, communications, and program management.”
Mary Ford writes: “I am still at National
Geographic, and my job is Senior Manager of Citizen Science. I hope to see some
F&ESers at the World Parks Congress in
Sydney in November. And I’m really happy
that my neighborhood in D.C. is still full of
Uromi Manage Goodale, Ph.D. ’09,
started a new job at Gunangxi University,
Nanning, China as an associate professor
in the Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group in the College of Forestry. She
writes: “I am here with my husband Eben
Goodale and our three-year-and-threemonth-old son David, who just started
going to kindergarten. I volunteer to
maintain the Forestry School Facebook
page with Georgia Silvera Seamans and
have been asked to serve as the China
liaison for the F&ES Alumni Association
Lisbet Kugler writes that in the past
six weeks she has been to Cote d’Ivoire,
Ethiopia, Malawi, and now South Africa
looking at agribusiness projects where
the IFC has invested to review the environmental and social impacts of these
projects. “When I do happen to be in
D.C. at my o≤ce, my neighbor is Gabriel
Mejias ’11, and we enjoy our F&ES banter.”
Quint Newcomer, Ph.D. ’07, notes that
Kate Giese Wo≠ord ’02, her husband Jeb,
and their kids are spending a year in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Quint writes: “We got
together, and I gave them a tour of the
University of Georgia’s Costa Rica campus
that I oversee and later spent some time
catching up at their place in Monteverde
and reminiscing about our glory days
of F&ES soccer — victory over the Law
School in the finals of intramurals.”
Ramsay Ravenel writes: “New baby
Ravenel on the scene, Nathan, born
October 7, 2014! Becca, Silas (2.5), and I
just moved from the South End in Boston
to Cambridge and have enjoyed our first
harvest of peaches, apples, pears, raspberries, and Concord grapes from
the backyard.”
Class Secretaries
Catherine Bottrill
[email protected]
Roberto J. Frau
[email protected]
Mahua Acharya is working with CQuest
coordinating climate mitigation projects
in India and Africa. She is based in Bangalore. She feels the single biggest agenda
item for the world to reach consensus
around is climate change mitigation. The
UN’s recent summit in New York saw
calls for action by many of the world’s
corporate stalwarts — a reminder to all
of us that even the financial world is now
calling for action. December 2015 is when
world leaders decided at a UN conference
that they would create a climate deal.
“This is what I want, more than ever, to
see in 2015,” she writes. “There is just too
much at stake in continued inaction.”
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Catherine Bottrill writes from London: “It
has been an incredibly busy year running
Pilio, my start-up company that provides
businesses with building energy analytics. In September I came to Silicon Valley
and Boston as part of a European delegation learning about climate innovation
entrepreneurship in the United States. I
was able to swing a visit to F&ES to share
with current students my experience of
turning an idea into a business. It was
wonderful to meet students and see so
many F&ES friends on my travels.”
Rachel Fertik Edgerton and Vic Edgerton
’03 were overjoyed to welcome their
son Dylan Sage Edgerton into the world
in June. He insisted on participating in
his first climate action virtually on
September 21.
Laura Meadors writes: “It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, but in June I joined
Apple’s global energy supply team, where
I structure and negotiate renewables
and energy e≤ciency transactions and
love it. And, after nearly ten years in San
Francisco, we finally moved out of the city
and are enjoying something people call
Citlali Cortes Montano writes: “As the
song goes, ‘No estaba muerta, andaba
de parranda,’ or something like that. I’ve
been super busy getting a Ph.D., doing a
postdoc, and moving. I finished my Ph.D.
at N.A.U. in Flagsta≠ in 2011 (that’s not
even news!), and then I moved to Monterrey for a postdoc, then on to México
City to work for the TREES program of
Rainforest Alliance, and then in July I accepted a position as professor/researcher
in Durango, Mexico, working at a federal
research center. I just moved here less
than one month ago, with my two kitties
and my three bikes. I am super excited
at the prospect of doing research about
the beautiful forests of the Sierra Madre
Occidental and their fire ecology, and
contributing to the conservation of their
amazing beauty and biodiversity.”
Kim Thurlow and Marc Stern, ’06 Ph.D.,
write: “We just got back from sabbatical in Bali, Indonesia, where Marc had
some time to work on a book project and
explore a new study abroad site for the
Center for Leadership on Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech’s new executive
master’s program. We all had an amazing
time, and the kids (Aidan, 8, and Sage,
6) got to experience a semester at The
Green School. Aidan even got to introduce
Jane Goodall in front of 400 people —
he’s following in our love of travel and
saving natural places. We are now settling
back in Blacksburg where I’m Community
Programs Director at a Regional Community Foundation and Marc is in the full
swing of teaching and research.”
Class Secretaries
Benjamin Hodgdon
[email protected]
Peter Land
[email protected]
Elizabeth Allison writes: “Greetings from
the West Coast! I'm pleased to be the
director of a graduate program in Ecology,
Spirituality, and Religion — the only one
of its kind in the Western United States
— at the California Institute of Integral
Studies, a small private university in San
Francisco. I hope that all those days of
trudging up and down Science Hill
between F&ES and the Divinity School
will pay o≠ in creating the kind of program I wished for as a graduate student.
I invite folks interested in deeper explorations of the meanings and values behind
our environmental decisions to check it
out and pass it on.”
Brian Goldberg is happy to report that
he’s recently become engaged to Missy
Nystrom and enjoyed introducing her
to the F&ES community during Reunion
Weekend 2014. He’s also been leading a
work assignment at AECOM exploring
how the valuation of urban ecosystem
services can help improve decision-making by African city leaders and managers.
Ben Hodgdon has been having fun getting to work on community forestry initiatives with old F&ES friends in radically
di≠erent yet bizarrely similar contexts:
Andrea Johnson ’05 in Guatemala and
Kevin Woods ’04 in Myanmar.
Betony Jones writes: “I just started a
new part-time job at the UC Berkeley
Labor Center to solve the two greatest
challenges of our time — growing income
inequality and climate change. Other
than that, I'm watching my lovely native
Mediterranean garden wither and die in
this extended drought, playing with my
two kids, and taking a few improv classes.
Oh, and I'm working with Dan Stonington
’05 on a new strategic plan for the awesome organization he runs in Seattle.”
Flo Miller writes: “Bill Finnegan and I
have finally moved out of my parents’
house in London, where we'd stayed
almost long enough to earn squatters'
rights. With our kids, Esme, Beatrice, and
Wilkie, we are now living in a village not
far from Oxford. So far, Catherine
Bottrill ’02, Liz Roberts, Jessie Barnes ’04,
and David Kneas ’05, ’14 Ph.D. have all
come to see us. I wish you'd all just move
here! We'd change the name of the village to F&ESingham and build a Sageboy
on the village green. On the work front,
I run the UK network for environmental
grantmakers. Lately I've been trying to get
the members of the network enthused
about Divest:Invest, which I think is a
pretty exciting initiative.”
Soni Mulmi Pradhanang writes: “I joined
the Department of Geosciences at the
University of Rhode Island as an Assistant
Professor of Water Resources this August.
The past two months have been full of
challenges and excitement. New baby,
new job, and new place. How crazy can
it be?”
Liz Roberts recently moved to Edinburgh
in Scotland for the mountains and biking
and whisky, and has a spare room for
roving F&ESers! Catherine Bottrill ’02 will
shortly be trying it out.
Ninian Stein writes: “I hope last year’s 10th
Reunion was tons of fun — glad I ended
up staying home to sleep as my daughter
Rowan was born a little more than a week
later on October 25, 2013, and sleep has
been precious since then. At a year old,
Rowan is a delightful, happy,
engaging baby who loves her basset
hound Buddy and all hats, including her
mother and grandmother's weatherbeaten F&ES hats. Have to go to a
Reunion soon to see everyone and get
some new hats!”
Andrew Winston writes: “I've published a
new book on corporate strategy this year
called The Big Pivot. I'm still advising companies on sustainability strategy, writing
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magazine and blog pieces frequently, and
speaking at industry events and corporate
meetings to catalyze change in how business is done. I also gave my first TED talk
recently, which was fun.”
Class Secretaries
Jennifer Vogel Bass
[email protected]
Keith Bisson
[email protected]
Daniela Vizcaino
[email protected]
Laura Wooley
[email protected]
Jennifer Vogel Bass just published her
first children's book, Edible Colors, which
helps early learners explore color though
images of heirloom and unusual fruits
and vegetables. Her second book, Edible
Numbers, is due out on May 26th. Both are
published by Roaring Brook Press.
Class Secretaries
Flora Chi
[email protected]
Reilly Renshaw Dibner
[email protected]
Susan Ely
[email protected]
Krista Mostoller
[email protected]
Jill Savery
[email protected]
Stephanie L. Horn writes: “While visiting
the Washington, D.C., area this past summer, I had the opportunity to meet with
Ross Geredien, Perrine Punwani,
and her fabulous, cute baby girl. It was
a great reunion, and I hope to see many
other F&ES alumni in the near future.
Also, I'm a brand new homeowner!”
Class Secretary
Rosi Kerr
[email protected]
Anamaria Aristizabal continues to
develop her coaching and organizational
development practice. She is starting to
lead coaching training processes and find
ways to intersect her passion for inner
transformation and social and environmental transformation. She is part of
various networks and organizations that
allow her to explore this, such as Byron
Fellows, founded by F&ES student Gabriel
Grant ’14 Ph.D.; Dalai Lama Fellows, coordinated by F&ES alum Bidisha Banerjee
’11, and Mycelium. She reconnected with
some F&ESers at the D.C. happy hour in
August 2014, thanks to Ross Geredien
’06, who she keeps in touch with. Looking forward to more F&ES love in her
trips to D.C.!
Todd Gartner writes: “Our classmate
David DeVooght got married to Vilma
Valdez in August and several of us from
F&ES attended: Sarah Percy, Vanitha
Sivarajan ’09, Avery Anderson Sponholtz
’08, Kara DiFrancesco ’08, Mira
Manickam ’08, and Tina O'Connell.
Kate Neville writes: “I’m heading into
the second year of a postdoc with Duke’s
Nicholas School of the Environment,
which I’ve been immersed in from afar. Instead of North Carolina, I’m mainly living
in northern Canada to look at the debates
taking place over unconventional oil and
gas developments (oil/tar sands, fracking,
pipelines, and such). As an uno≤cial part
of the research, but one that is teaching
me a lot about energy and alternatives,
my partner and I bought a little log cabin
and are living o≠-grid. As I write this, our
black lab is snoozing by the crackling
wood stove, and winter is settling in
around us.”
Stephanie Paige Ogburn is living in
Denver and recently began work as a
reporter at KUNC, the NPR a≤liate
station for northern Colorado, where
she covers science and environment
stories, among many others. She is also
happy to announce her marriage to Ryan
Z. Taylor, a geologist with the Department
of Interior. They celebrated their partnership in true F&ES style, with a camping
wedding followed by a pack raft trip
through Utah’s canyons.
Class Secretaries
Angelica Afanador
[email protected]
Kelsey Kidd Wharton
[email protected]
Christopher Clement writes: “Now in
my third year as a Ph.D. candidate in
ecological economics at the University
of Vermont, I am making the eagerly
anticipated transition into teaching and
mentoring. I am feeling reinvigorated as
I expand into this new role, though I am
having my fair share of comical blunders. Completing my research still looms,
though it has evolved into a study of social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability transitions, which
I find exciting. I was fortunate enough to
present my work at the International Society of Ecological Economics Conference
in Iceland recently, where Laura
Alexandra Frye-Levine ’09 and I have
made a habit of sharing Ph.D. war stories
over the years! If I was lacking any motivation to finish my dissertation, I am no
longer. I became engaged to the love of
my life, a lovely lady named Danielle, over
the summer who is patiently awaiting
my arrival in North Carolina, where she
is studying to be a nurse practitioner.
Though Vermont has its charm, I am
looking forward to descending from
these frigid latitudes to some more
hospitable climates.”
Class Secretaries
Daniella Aburto Valle
[email protected]
Luke Bassett
[email protected]
Paul Beaton
[email protected]
Changxin Fang
[email protected]
William Lynam
[email protected]
Kristin Tracz
[email protected]
Kathryn Au writes: “I’ve just moved to San
Francisco to start a master’s program in
traditional Chinese medicine. I’m ending
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my four-year gig at HUD on a positive
note, and may try to consult part-time or
look for other part-time environmental
Jen Baldwin is launching a new program
on deforestation-risk commodities for
Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace,
tracking progress on corporate commitments to palm oil, cattle, soy, and timber.
She loves that she keeps bumping into
F&ESers at meetings on this topic in fun
locations like Brazil and Malaysia.
Luke Bassett writes from Kenya: “Everything you see exists together in a delicate need to understand that
balance, and respect all the creatures
from the crawling ant to the leaping
Paul Beaton writes: “Professionally: I'm
still at the National Academy of Sciences
in the last stages of completing a report
for Congress and the Administration on
policies and actions to accelerate deployment of advanced clean energy and
energy e≤ciency technologies. With that
one wrapping up, I soon will start a new
study to evaluate the performance of the
government’s Advanced Research Projects
Agency — Energy. Fun stu≠! Personally:
Still finding time to hang out as often as
possible with F&ESers of all vintages. Also
spending a lot of time on the road bike,
on the yoga mat, and silently meditating.”
Gillian (Paul) Bloomfield writes: “Aaron
and I are still living in New Haven, Conn.,
and enjoy long hikes in East Rock Park and
Sleeping Giant State Park. As the WebBased Training Program Coordinator for
the Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI) at F&ES, I’m excited by
the expansion of our online course opportunities this year, now o≠ering courses on
forest restoration in English, Spanish, and
Portuguese for environmental leaders in
the tropics. I look forward to reuniting
with F&ES friends at the class of 2010’s
five-year Reunion next year!”
Nasser Brahim is living in Providence, R.I.,
and commuting to his job in Cambridge,
Mass., where he works for Kleinfelder, an
architecture/engineering firm. He is part
of a small climate change team leading
vulnerability assessments, resiliency planning, and design projects for cities, public
agencies, and private companies in the
United States. On Columbus Day weekend, he and his fiancé, YPH alum Megan
Cole, reconnected with alums in D.C.
Matt Carroll, his wife Melissa, and two
boys Owen (5) and Ethan (2) will be moving from their home in McCall, Idaho, to
Bar Harbor, Maine, in February. Melissa
has accepted a job with the Acadia Veterinarian Hospital, and Matt hopes to
continue to work virtually with the Forest
Service’s O≤ce of Learning as a Human
Factors Specialist. While this move marks
the end of Matt’s 15 years as a primary
wildland firefighter, he will still be out on
fires as a single resource. The whole family is excited for the move to the Maine
coast and hopes that folks will come for
a visit.
Tamar Cooper writes: “I work on social
and environmental issues in J.Crew
Group’s global supply chain. I’m lucky
to be based out of New York City, where I
get to see lots of F&ESers.”
Ian Cummins writes: “I’m living in Tena,
Ecuador, with wife Erika and son Thomas
Ulysses. Currently working with Eliot
Logan-Hines as Fundacion Runa’s
Regional Director and working with pilot
communities to develop and implement
integrative forest/agroforestry management plans as part of a MacArthur grant.
Before that I was working as a CIFOR consultant on trends in the bushmeat trade
in Napo, Ecuador.”
Eric Desatnik is based in Los Angeles leading public relations at the XPRIZE Foundation, the leading organization solving the
world’s Grand Challenges by creating and
managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate
investment in research and development
worth far more than the prize itself.
Ashley DuVal writes: “In 2014 my company, Shoots and Roots Bitters, launched
a successful Kickstarter campaign, which
allowed us to start commercial production of nine di≠erent blends at select
bars, distributors, and our Web site. We
continue our work in botanical education
and outreach by introducing biodiversity
to people’s cocktails, as well as through
workshops and events for all ages on
the science of taste and the evolution of
Clara Changxin Fang writes: “I moved
to Malvern, Pennsylvania, and bought a
house. I’m working as communications
director at Earth Deeds, an environmental startup company that specializes in
crowdfunding local solutions to climate
change. I also have a part-time job as a
photographer on the side. I write a sustainability blog.”
Kate Freund writes: “All is well in D.C. We
were thrilled to welcome our daughter
Cecily Iris into the world on August 2. I’m
still working on climate change policy for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and living in Logan Circle.”
Katie Hawkes has been a vagabond since
graduation. After some fellowships and
random travels all over Africa — mostly
with other F&ESers — she went back to
San Diego, became a beekeeper, learned
home canning and beer brewing, and
founded a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
consultancy called Imagine More,
dedicated to environmental education,
youth empowerment, and sustainability.
Together with forever bestie Julie
Goodness — a director on the Imagine
More board — the Imagine More team
(i.e. Katie, Julie, and an amazing amalgam
of friends, family, colleagues, and supporters across literally the entire planet)
planned and executed Youth Design
Studio, a sustainable design class for
high school students in Cape Town,
South Africa. A featured project of the
Cape Town World Design Capital 2014,
Youth Design Studio raised more than
three times its target amount on the
South African crowdfunding platform
Thundafund and was successfully conducted over August–September 2014
with two classes of students in Cape
Town. Julie and Katie are currently plotting how to make Youth Design Studio
happen again, despite their alter egos as
Ph.D. student at Stockholm University and
Senior Brand Manager at a tech startup,
Kathayoon Khalil writes: “This has been
a really great couple of months! I finished
my Ph.D. at Stanford in environmental
education, so feel free to call me doctor
now and for the rest of my life. I spent
the summer mostly in Portland, but also
spent a few weeks in Costa Rica, teaching
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a master’s course for Miami University
of Ohio students and hanging out with
sloths. I took a job as the director of evaluation at the Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County and moved here
at the beginning of September — so far
L.A. has been a little terrifying, but I’m
figuring out how to do things like commute five miles in 45 minutes.”
In March, Jonathan Labozzetta and
Debbie Wang ’11 welcomed a beautiful
baby boy into the world — Oliver Xian
Labozzetta. Now at 6 months old, Oliver
is a chunky little cherub who enjoys taking walks in the forest with mom and
dad, “petting” our two cats Mootzie and
Scooter, and visiting F&ES alumni whenever possible.
Eliot Logan-Hines writes: “I am in my
fourth year living and loving life in
Ecuador with my boyfriend Robin and our
new Siberian husky puppy Sasky. Runa
Foundation is growing bigger and faster
each year. This year we were awarded a
large grant from the MacArthur Foundation to focus on sustainable forest
management with indigenous communities in the Amazon. If you come
to South America, please visit!”
William Lynam writes: “I'm starting
another year of my Ph.D. at the University
of Cambridge, doing field work in Kenya
on tree diversity in agroforestry systems.
I’ve had the pleasure of a few mini F&ES
reunions in Kenya (with Yaya Tang, Katie
Hawkes, Rae Wynn-Grant, Kyra Busch ’12,
Luke Bassett, and Camille Rebelo ’07). If
anyone else wants to visit, let me know!”
Lucy Magembe writes: “It has been
nice being back home (Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania) with my family and watching
my kids grow. My son is now 11 and will
be graduating from primary school; my
daughter is 8 and in standard four. Workwise, it has been bittersweet. Bitter, because poaching (of elephants and rhinos)
escalated in 2014. Sweet in that working
for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has
been rewarding to me — the more people
get to know us the more they appreciate
us — for the science-backed conservation,
non-confrontational dialogue, innovative
solutions, and commitment to achieving
results. My work allows me to mingle
with people of all backgrounds including hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, and
smallholder farmers to the elite, high
level delegates. This enriches my life as
it humbles me in many respects. At the
recently ended UN Conference on Small
Island Developing States in Samoa I met
two current students and one recent
F&ES graduate. It was nice to catch up
on what is going on at Kroon but more
so, I was glad to see Yale F&ES continuing
the tradition of sponsoring students to
attend such global events. My entrance
to TNC as International Marine Policy Rep
in Arlington, Va., had much to do with
the exposure Yale F&ES a≠orded me. My
ability to network and influence policy
directions in Tanzania is also a result of
the kind of training Yale F&ES a≠orded
me. F&ES, KARIBU SANA (very welcomed
to) Tanzania; I cannot wait to hang out in
the F&ES style, indulge me!”
Jason Nerenberg writes: “I’ve been in
Vermont for three and a half years now
managing state lands for the Department
of Forests, Parks & Recreation. This May
I married my wonderful wife Allie. With
any luck we’ll be homeowners by the
time this goes to print. Come visit if you
like removing wallpaper!”
“After graduation, Hui Rodomsky
completed a fellowship at NOAA headquarters working on climate change and
coastal land conservation, got married,
and moved out to the Oregon Coast,
where she concurrently worked part-time
on local ecological issues for a nonprofit
watershed council, part-time managing
grants for an Oregon State University
research institute, and part-time
teaching biology at the Oregon Coast
Community College. In June 2014, Hui
finally landed the job that she went to
F&ES for: a county planner dealing with
land-use issues on the coast. In her free
time, Hui and husband harvest local
seafood sustainably and enjoy every
bite immensely.”
Berkley Adrio Rothmeier writes: “I'm
living in Chicago with my husband and
our English Bulldog Wenzel. Yes, he is
named for the sandwich at Alpha Delta.
I’m working in Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice, helping companies
improve their sustainability strategies
and disclosure. Occasionally, J.P. Jewell
’09 and I get together to discuss
environmental policy and how much
cheaper cocktails are in the Midwest.”
Irene Scher and Rebecca Funk ’11 are
thrilled to be reunited and living in the
same city again (D.C.) after Rebecca’s
six-month consultancy at Novica in
Guadalajara. Rebecca is now at National
Geographic, where she manages their
e-commerce operations, and Irene is
entering her fifth year at Opower, where
she manages sales across the Northeast
United States and Canada. Opower made
its initial public o≠ering on the New
York Stock Exchange on April 4. Irene and
Rebecca are also ecstatic to welcome Sam,
our new rescue puppy, to our D.C. family.
Yaya Tang writes: “I don’t remember the
last time I submitted a class note, if ever,
so here are the Cli≠sNotes to my postgraduation life. I completed service as
an agroforestry extension volunteer
in Cameroon in 2010–2012. I traveled
through eastern Africa for about half a
year and met up with other awesome
F&ESers like William Lynam and Katie
Hawkes along the way. I then came
back to the States for a year and a half,
readjusting to this (very di≠erent)
Western world. I then moved to
Jerusalem and I’m starting a Ph.D.
with Dror Hawlena (previously an F&ES
postdoc) at Hebrew University, expanding on how predators a≠ect ecosystem
processing. I hope everyone is happy and
healthy, wherever this note finds you!”
Class Secretaries
Margaret Arbuthnot
[email protected]
Lucien Bou≠ard
lucien.bou≠[email protected]
Elizabeth Friedlander
[email protected]
Gabriel Mejias
[email protected]
Randal Strobo
[email protected]
Alisha Eisenstein writes: “After post-FES
adventures in Missoula and Minneapolis,
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Keith Stagg ’10 and I made our home
in Boulder, Colo., this past January. I
manage natural and organic brands for
KeHE Distributors, and Keith is the Policy
& Standards Manager for the Forest
Stewardship Council. We got hitched in
a beautiful ceremony next to the North
St. Vrain River this past August in Lyons,
Colo., surrounded by some of our favorite
F&ESers. Look us up if you find yourself in
the front range!”
Efrie Friedlander finally finished school
and graduated from University of
Michigan with an M.Arch. last spring.
This fall she started her job in Philly as an
architectural researcher (specializing in
applied ecology and LCA) and adopted a
perfect puppy named Starbuck.
After two years at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), John Good’s role
has expanded into a wider variety of
new urban planning and transport policy
studies, in addition to the core work of
research administration. He is looking
forward to working more closely with
Yale-NUS as it gets fully underway in
David Henry writes: “Same details, but life
is good. Elizabeth’s (née Turnbull) ’11 and
my daughter is now almost a year old
and keeps us busy and happy. I continue
to enjoy conducting regulatory and litigation analyses for federal clients at IEc.”
Melissa Ivins-Lukse writes: “I got married
this past March to Aaron Lukse, who I met
while at F&ES. We recently moved to the
Chicago area, where I’ve started a Ph.D.
program in clinical psychology.”
Gina Lopez writes: “In May I accepted
a forestry position for a well-respected
private forestry consulting firm in Santa
Rosa, Calif. My clients include small private landowners, multi-million dollar
investment firms, and nonprofits. I enjoy a
good amount of traveling within Sonoma
and Mendocino counties, which often
includes ocean-front resort accommodations to roughing it along the Gualala
River. Forest inventory and timber marking in coastal redwood forests keeps me
in shape when I’m not writing timber
harvest plans or making maps in ArcGIS.
I’ve been enjoying the vibrant local music
and art scene and recently showcased my
photography at an event with artist and
musician Heather van Cleve. I bought my
first new(-ish) car: a Yale-blue 2011 Prius
— a very good year indeed!”
Gabriel Mejias and Monica Marcano are
still living in Washington D.C. (with a big
couch!) and enjoying the F&ES community. He is still working at the International
Finance Corporation (IFC), which is the
private lending arm of the World Bank,
dealing with environmental and social
risk assessment and mitigation.
He is running faster than (but not as long
as) Grady O’Shaughnessy and hopes his
submission to name one of the new Yale
colleges after Kyra Busch ’12 is accepted.
Class Secretaries
Simon De Stercke
[email protected]
Naazia Ebrahim
[email protected]
Amy Higgins
[email protected]
Alison Scha≠er
scha≠[email protected]
Leigh Whelpton
[email protected]
Matt Browning is finishing his Ph.D. in
environmental education evaluation and
human dimensions of natural resources
at Virginia Tech. He’s expecting to graduate in May 2015. He and his wife Lara (and
puppy Zelda) don’t know where they’ll be
moving or what they’ll be doing next year.
However, they are excited (and optimistic)
about whatever life o≠ers them.
Diana Connett writes: “I moved to
Houston and am getting a kick out of
the boots, cowboy hats, and penchant
for big stories, coupled with even bigger
steaks. I work in environmental a≠airs for
Hess, an oil and gas company. I spend a lot
of my time developing and implementing
environment, health, safety, and social
responsibility management systems for
the company, including spending quite
a bit of time in Ghana and liaising with
our team in Kurdistan. I also participate in
industry forums, such as the Cross Sector
Biodiversity Initiative, which drives guidance for implementing IFC PS 6 on Biodiversity, API, and IPIECA, as well as forging
partnerships with NGOs and academic
institutions. Outside of work, I visit my
family in Indiana often, and I’m starting
to ride horses again, find some great local
jazz, and generally seek counter-cultural
artistic outlets and great food.”
Simon De Stercke writes: “I just moved
to London where I will be starting my
doctoral programme at ICL shortly, on
urban sustainability in the context of
the “water energy nexus.” The city is a
big change from Vienna, and I’m excited
about getting to know it over the next
months and years, as well as seeing more
former classmates.”
Naazia Ebrahim writes: “After a summer
sailing ski≠s, I have just moved to Paris
to work on biodiversity economics at the
OECD. Sadly I missed Randy Caruso by a
month, but I look forward to seeing many
other F&ESers in places near and far!”
Soojin Kim writes: “I’m moving to
Bangkok for a new assignment as
Partnership O≤cer at the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) regional
o≤ce for Asia Pacific. I have been working
at the Vietnam country o≤ce of FAO since
January 2013, and I thought it was time
to move on. It will be awesome to see
F&ESers traveling in the region. Let me
know if you happen to be in Thailand too.”
Danielle Rappaport writes: “I've just
started my Ph.D. at the University of
Maryland, where I will be using LiDAR
remote sensing and spatial analysis
methods to study the dynamics of forest
disturbance and recovery in the Brazilian
Amazon. I was awarded a UMD-NASA
Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center fellowship for the first semester, which will
allow me to spend half my time at
NASA Goddard as a means to launch
into my research.”
Aaron Reuben works for the IUCN Global
Forest and Climate Change Programme
in D.C., designing science and knowledge sharing programs to support the
burgeoning global landscape restoration
Ryan Sarsfield writes: “I live in
Washington, D.C., and work at the
National Wildlife Federation on tropical
deforestation and agriculture, focusing
on cattle and soy in Brazil. I’ve been
traveling all the time and have had
good luck catching up with F&ESers
just about everywhere.”
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Emily Schosid is living in the mountains
of Blacksburg, Va., serving as the Campus
Sustainability Planner for Virginia Tech.
Six months ago, she adopted a silly puppy
named Banjo. Emily and Banjo have
been going on many adventures on the
Appalachian Trail, road tripping across
America, and educating students about
Lauren Sparandara writes: “I have been
traveling a lot for work with Google these
days! Most recently: Oslo, Paris, London,
Tokyo, and Seoul! During my travels I am
meeting with our facility managers to
help form and implement sustainability
strategies. In late October I am headed to
Greenbuild in New Orleans. Hope to see
other F&ESers there!”
Pablo Torres writes: “I completed my first
Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile
bike, and marathon) in Louisville, Ky., this
past August, one of my greatest accomplishments. As for work, I am a consultant
for the Clean Technology Fund of the
Climate Investment Funds, housed at
the World Bank.”
Lily Zeng writes: “I’m still at F&ES doing
my Ph.D., and I’m leaving for China for a
year of fieldwork in about a month.”
Class Secretaries
Judith Ament
[email protected]
Adedana Ashebir
[email protected]
Rebecca de Sa
[email protected]
Laura Johnson
[email protected]
Victoria Lockhart
[email protected]
Judith Ament writes: "I just finished a
safari ranger course at Shamwari Game
Reserve in South Africa. Absolutely loved
the bush, but I’m also happy to be back
in Cape Town starting a new job as
Programme Manager for the Protected
Areas Research Group at the University
of Cape Town. I’m looking forward to
fieldwork in the National Parks and the
summer to come."
Adedana Ashebir writes: "I will soon begin a three month (possibly longer) stint
in Nairobi with the African Leadership
Network. I'm looking forward to connecting with Elizabeth Babalola '14 and any
of you who are in Kenya!"
Kendall Barbery writes: "I'm getting to
know New Haven beyond the realm of
F&ES. I'm branching out from my identity
as an Alaskan salmon fisher and putting
in some time to reduce combined sewer
overflows to the Long Island Sound. I work
with community groups, water authorities, municipalities, and other NGOs to
design and implement green stormwater
infrastructure projects in Connecticut and
western New York. My o≤cial title with
CT Fund for the Environment/Save the
Sound is Green Projects Associate, but
my boss calls me 'King of Green Infrastructure,' which I also think is a suitable
title. I might be the first forester at CFE/
STS, and I'd love to open the door a little
wider. I also live in an apartment by
myself for the first time ever and am
filling out applications to adopt a dog
(re: hound wanted)."
Mitchell Bauer writes: "I am doing
business development at NRG Energy."
Rebecca de Sa writes: "Same job
(Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo),
same place (New York), same cinnamon
swirl pancakes at the Pantry with Matt
Fried '14, Luke McKay, and Lindsey Larson
in early September!"
Andrew Gaidus writes: "I've been working for the past year at the Public Policy
Research Institute (PIRE) in Oakland,
doing GIS analysis and statistical
modeling and studying the spatial and
temporal variation in public health problems throughout the state. I'm enjoying
the work as well as the academic and
research environment. Life outside work is
good as well — the Bay Area is awesome.
I live with my girlfriend Celeste, and we
spend our weekends playing outside as
much as possible, mostly biking and rock
Ankur Garg writes: "I am working as a
senior energy analyst with DNVGL in
Middletown, Conn. I mostly work on
the evaluation of utility operated
Demand Side Energy Management
(DSM) Programs. My day involves
performing statistical and econometric
analysis on energy data collected on
site or metering data."
Lauren Graham writes: "I'm a social
impact strategist for documentary films.
I consult for filmmakers and help them
to develop their plans for outreach and
engagement — some environmental
projects, but also broader social justice
Rui He writes: "I just made it through my
first summer in Texas, working on some
interesting industrial ecology projects at
typical NGO pace. I look forward to perfect weather coming up and any friend
who might visit Austin."
Vijeta Jangra writes: "I am working
with the energy practice of Navigant
Consulting. I advise the U.S. Department
of Energy on the development of energy
conservation standards for appliances.
I am enjoying living in Washington, D.C.
I recently received the Legends in Energy
Award from the Association of Energy
Engineers, and met Bill Clinton! Quite
an eventful month!"
Justin Lindenmayer writes: "My wife
Ellie, our two children (Pax and Laura),
and I recently bought a house on the
North Shore of Massachusetts and
couldn't be happier. We moved from
Connecticut last March after I took a
Director of Operations job with a natural
foods start-up called Good Tastes. We
are the first and only company out
there to combine all-natural, preservativefree frozen food with traditional Latin
American flavors. Miss all you F&ESers
and hope to run into some of you before
too long!"
Dexter Locke writes: "I started the
second year of my Ph.D. in geography at
Clark University. Reading, writing, and
doing GIS!"
Jocelyn Mahone writes: "I am working
for a wonderful tree care company,
learning arboriculture and doing forest
management. I'm excited to be putting
down roots in northern Michigan."
Omar Malik writes: "I'm now consulting
on a variety of projects in the Bay Area,
Calif. One fun thing I'm doing is working
with F&ES friends and other colleagues
on an environmental arts and storytelling
Web site."
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Kristin Merony writes: "I just got a
new job in the Forest Service as a
national partnership coordinator in
the O≤ce of the Chief. I work on everything from conservation finance to
wildfire reforestation e≠orts."
Aaron Paul writes: "Living the dream
in Portland, Maine! I moved home one
year ago to take a job financing biomass
power projects in my beloved home state.
I've since taken over a consulting practice
providing IT development and advisory
to electric utilities. I recently received the
distinct pleasure of hiring my first F&ES
grad! The lovely Bonnie Hemphill, Sawyer
the standard poodle, and I spend most of
our free time exploring the mountains,
islands, and lakes of the Northeast."
Pablo Peña writes: "I'm working at the
Peruvian Society for Environmental Law
(SPDA for its acronyms in Spanish), as an
environmental law and policy specialist.
Lately working on national REDD+ implementation, forest policy, and protected
areas stu≠. Planning on attending Lima's
COP in December 2014? Reach out, if
you would like."
Taís Pinheiro writes: "I am exploring
Copenhagen and missing my fellow
F&ES friends."
Lucia Ruiz writes: "I am working as an
environmental economics adviser to
Mexico's National Commission for
Natural Protected Areas. The project
I am mainly involved with is about
'Valuation of Ecosystem Services in
Federal Natural Protected Areas in
Mexico,' a joint initiative with the
German International Cooperation
Agency (GIZ). My responsibilities
include advising on innovative economic instruments and policies that
enhance biodiversity conservation
and decrease climate change impacts,
as well as guiding initiatives to insure
financial sustainability of Mexican
Protected Areas."
Teodora Stoyanova writes: "Working as
a climate and energy campaigner for
Greenpeace Bulgaria. Traveling across the
country and Europe. Listening more and
more to jazz and brass and funk. Enjoying baking and cooking. Miss Blue State
Co≠ee and co≠ee shops in general. Planning a trip to the U.S. next spring or fall."
Lisa Weber writes: "I recently began the
Ph.D. program at F&ES and am excited
to be studying the evolution of dissolved
organic matter in the Connecticut River
Ke Yang writes: "Currently I work as a
front-end developer (Web-programming
stu≠ if you don't know what that means)
in Houston. I like it. The mornings here
are beautiful! Wildlife is amazing —
lots of ducks, cravens, egrets, quails,
cardinals, etc."
Class Secretaries
Chetana Kallakuri
[email protected]
William Georgia
[email protected]
Lin Shi
[email protected]
Cary Simmons
[email protected]
Karen Tuddenham
[email protected]
Marissa Knodel writes: “I am now
working and living in Washington, D.C.,
as a Climate Campaigner for Friends
of the Earth.”
Rebeka Ryvola writes: “I'm currently
living all over (5 states and 2 Canadian
provinces this month) for my job as
Creative Director of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). FIT is a 501(c)(3) start up,
formed inside FEMA during Hurricane
Sandy. We do a lot of disaster risk reduction and response work. In line with my
area of study at FES, I'm working to bring
in more climate change adaptation.”
Lucas Swampdog Tyree writes: “I am
from the Blue Ridge mountains in
Virginia. Very recently, I established
NDPonics — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to
enable the installation of home hydroponic systems on tribal reservations to
support SNAP-funded indigenous farmers
markets for the beginning of a new age of
tribal sovereignty and self-determination
in the US. I am currently engaging with
funders for NDPonics and continue
research on biostimulants and hydroponics using a cost e≠ective hydroponics
system I built at home. I also just finished
constructing a pole shed for the two
Harley bikes in the family as well as my
home, which is a log cabin at the base
of my mountain on which my family has
lived for nine generations. The cabin was
handmade. I used standing dead black
locust trees, stones, and a tin roof. If you
are passing through Lexington, Virginia,
do stop by for some tribal delicacies and
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at some of the important projects our alums are leading around the world. More alumni profiles will be added over time,
so bookmark the page and check back often. We will also include alumni profiles in upcoming editions of CANOPY.
Share a Piece of F&ES History
Through the years, F&ES students
have created some memorable
T-shirts. We have an incomplete
collection here in the O≤ce of
Development and Alumni Services.
Share a bit of F&ES history with our
community of alums! Take a photo
of you wearing an F&ES T-shirt and
send it to [email protected] We
will share the full collection of
images with alums on our website
and showcase a few of the best in
the next edition of CANOPY.
We saw some vintage F&ES T-shirts
on alums during Reunion Weekend
2014. We encourage more alums
to sport their T-shirts at Reunion
Weekend 2015!
Stay Connected to F&ES!
The alumni o≤ce sends out alumni
e-newsletters and reaches out to
alums about TGIFs and other alumni
events in their area via email. We
also connect alums with overlapping
interests and geographic areas. Every
time you get a new email address,
relocate, or change positions, please
send the alumni o≤ce an update at
[email protected] If you keep us
updated, we’ll keep you updated!
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in memoriam
Gordon Thomas Bamford ’50 M.F.
(1917–2014) died on May 10 at the age
of 96. Gordon was raised in Trenton, N.J.,
and Morrisville, Pa. He graduated from
Pennsylvania State University with a
B.S. in forestry and received a master’s
degree from the Yale School of Forestry.
He served in the U.S. Army during World
War II in the South Pacific and in the
Philippines. After the war, his division was
part of the occupation of Japan. Later in
life, he was active in the alumni group
of his battalion and enjoyed participating in reunions with fellow soldiers. He
served for his entire professional career
in the New Jersey Forestry Services of
the State Department of Environmental
Protection. He served as the New Jersey
State Forester in 1975 until his retirement in 1983. He was elected as a fellow
of the American Society of Foresters in
1996, and was a member of other local
and state environmental organizations.
Gordon skied around the world until the
age of 90. He lived in Pennington, N.J.,
for 62 years, in a home he built with his
father. He was predeceased by his wife,
Julia, and son, G. Thomas Jr. He is survived
by his wife of 25 years, Claire; three
children; six grandchildren; one greatgrandson; and two stepsons.
David George Briggs ’68 M.F.
(1943–2014) died peacefully at home in
Redmond, Wash., on July 26 at age 71.
Dave was raised in New Braintree, Mass.,
and graduated from UMass, followed by
a master’s degree from the Yale School
of Forestry and a doctoral degree from
the University of Washington. He was
a highly respected professor at the UW
School of Forest Resources. He retired
in 2011 as a Professor of Operations
Research and Forest Products, Director
of the Stand Management Cooperative,
Director of the Precision Forestry
Cooperative, and Director of the UW site
of the National Science Foundation's
Center for Advanced Forestry Systems.
Dave loved the outdoors and was an avid
mountain climber, and he traveled to the
far corners of the globe. His small acreage
sustained llamas, a horse, chickens, geese,
dogs, and cats. He collected seashells and
butterflies. He will be sorely missed by
his mother; his wife, Anne; son; stepdaughter; and friends.
Benjamin Victor Dall ’55 B.S., ’56 M.F.
(1933–2014) died peacefully at age 81
in Fayetteville, N.Y. Ben had an extensive academic career. He earned a B.S.
in plant science from Yale College, a
master’s degree from the Yale School of
Forestry, and a J.D. from the University
of Virginia School of Law. He practiced
law in N.J. for 10 years before earning a
Ph.D. in Natural Resources Administration
from Pennsylvania State University. He
enjoyed teaching and he was a Professor
of Environmental Law at SUNY College
of Environmental Science and Forestry
in Syracuse from 1975 until he retired.
Ben was very creative and his passions
included classical music, darkroom photography, oil painting, piano, bread baking, gardening, and above all, fly fishing.
He enjoyed fishing in Limestone Creek,
a creek he knew so well that he would
catch the same fish he threw back
the day before. He was married in 1958
to Jane and was devoted to his four
daughters and three grandchildren.
Ben is survived by his daughters,
Margaret, Judith, Elizabeth, and
Kathleen; their mother, Jane; three
wonderful grandchildren; and a cousin.
Howard “Crow” Cocks Dickinson IV
’66 M.F. (1936–2014) died on October
8 in his home on Baird Hill, N.H. Born
in Schenectady, N.Y., Crow grew up at
Peach's Point in Marblehead, Mass., and
from there went on to St. Paul's School,
Harvard University, and the Yale School
of Forestry. In 1967, he bought his farm
on Baird Hill Road in Center Conway, N.H.,
where he spent the rest of his life. Crow
was very proud to have dedicated his life
to public service and helping those in his
community. He served in the Navy, spent
32 years as a N.H. State Representative,
and served many years as a selectman for
the Town of Conway and on many local
boards and committees. He was most
proud passing the Ski Area Liability Law
and the Current-Use Law, and creating
the Board of Midwifery and the Moose
Lottery. In his younger days, Crow was
an adventure traveler who sailed in the
Newport-Bermuda Race, rowed at the
Henley Regatta in England, and hunted
and fly fished around the world. He is
survived by three children, six grandchildren, and a brother.
Samuel Hull Dyke ’55 M.F. (1932–2014)
passed away on June 24 at age 81. Sam
grew up in Lancaster, Pa., and from an
early age he was fascinated by nature,
especially birds. He studied forestry at
Penn State and the Yale School of Forestry,
and then was drafted into the US Army,
where he served at Fort Knox and then
near Frankfurt, Germany. He moved to
Salisbury, Md., where he was employed by
the P.H. Glatfelter Company (paper company) as a Management Forester for 40
years. He joined the Society of American
Foresters in 1954 and was very active in
the Maryland/Delaware chapter. In 1973,
he was appointed to the Maryland
State Inaugural Board of Registration
of Professional Foresters. He used his
expertise in land acquisition to broker
conservation easements leading to the
protection of extensive tracts of land. His
e≠orts were recognized by the Maryland/
D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
with their Conservation Achievement
Award in 2000. Throughout his entire
life, wherever he lived, his fascination
with birds was a constant. His knowledge
and expertise, coupled with meticulous
record-keeping, enabled contributions to
the science of ornithology, along with his
leadership as president of the Tri-County
Bird Club, field trip leader, and Elderhostel
instructor. His birding trips took him
around the world. Sam was also a duck
hunter and studied decoys and their
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makers, which led to the creation of the
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. He was
one of the preeminent experts bridging
hunting heritage and contemporary birding activities. He is survived by his wife,
Ann, and their four children.
Christopher Buhrman Espy ’99 M.F.
(1939–2014) passed away on May 1 at age
75. Chris attended Abbeville, Ala., schools,
and was President of his class at Duke
University. He earned an M.B.A. from the
University of North Carolina and, after
retirement from IBM, a master’s degree
from Yale F&ES. During his career at IBM,
he served as Director of Marketing and
Telecommunications for Americas/Far
East Corporation, and traveled extensively
around the world. Chris was an avid reader, lover of his farmland and the trees he
planted there, and a flounder fisherman.
He ran in the N.Y. marathon three years,
drove in car rallies, was interested in
astronomy, collected antique sextants
and Winslow Homer art, remained thirsty
for knowledge, and was a witty jokester.
He and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in January. They
lived in Westchester County, N.Y., for 43
years, and more recently in a renovated
loft in Dawson, Ga. Survivors include his
wife, son, sister, a nephew, and nieces.
George Melville Hindmarsh ’48 M.F.
(1922–2014) died at age 92 on August
9. George was a US Navy O≤cer during
WWII. He earned his B.S. in botany from
Brown and a master’s degree from the
Yale School of Forestry. He worked in
forestry, in sales, and as a factory supervisor. George will be greatly missed by his
daughters, Susan, Helen, Laura, Lindsay,
and Anne; his 11 grandchildren; and 13
Geza Ifju ’60 M.F. (1931–2014) died on
May 15 at his Blacksburg, Va. home at the
age of 83. Born in Hungary, Geza began
his forestry education at the Forestry
College in Sopron, Hungary but was
forced to leave school in 1951 because
of his father’s criticism of the political
system. He worked as a plumber at an
oil field and spent two years in a forced
labor camp. During the 1956 Hungarian
revolution, he was one of many students
who defied Soviet occupation, sending medicine and food to fighters in
Budapest. When the resistance movement failed, they were forced to flee to
avoid punishment. Geza was adopted by
the University of British Columbia, along
with 200 students and 14 faculty from
Sopron. He earned his B.S. in forestry
with honors from UBC in 1959, a master’s
degree in wood technology from the
Yale School of Forestry, a doctoral degree
in wood science from UBC, and was a
post-doctoral fellow at the University
of California. He joined the Virginia
Tech faculty in 1964, where he founded,
and for 22 years led, the Department of
Wood Science and Forest Products (now
renamed Sustainable Biomaterials).
Geza advanced quickly as he researched
and wrote on topics such as how to use
wood from southern pine beetle-infested
forests, the structural characteristics of
wood, behavior of wood adhesives at
interfaces, and improvement of wood
preservative testing. He was elected a
Fellow of the International Academy
of Wood Science in 1990 and served as
editor of the Society of Wood Science
and Technology Journal. He was active
on behalf of education programs in his
community and church, including chairing the resettlement committee for
a Vietnamese family, and he coached
Virginia Tech varsity volleyball and
sandlot soccer. He is survived by his
wife, Beth; their seven children; and
nine grandchildren.
John “Jack” Ker ’51 M.F., ’57 D.For.
(1915–2014) died on April 19 in
Fredericton, New Brunswick. Jack
graduated from the University of British
Columbia with a degree in forestry, and
then earned a master’s degree and a
Doctor of Forestry degree from Yale. He
was a professor at the University of
British Columbia for 13 years and was
the Dean of Forestry at the University of
New Brunswick for 21 years. He is survived
by his loving wife, Ruth; children, Gerry,
Kerry Ann, and Wendy; stepson, Reid;
eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Dora Yuen-kie Lee ’78 M.F.S.
(1954–2013) died December 3 of metastatic breast cancer. Dora’s husband,
Barry Posner, was at her side, as he has
been for the past five years of her illness,
and she was visited by many family and
friends. Born in Hong Kong, she immigrated as a young girl with her family to
New York and attended Princeton. She
collected friends everywhere she went.
College roommate Vangy Franklin M.D.
(’92 M.P.H.) reminisced, “Dora changed
my whole view of the world. We found
our di≠erences were far less than our
similarities and almost immediately
became fast and enduring friends, virtually inseparable for years at Princeton and
in graduate school at Yale.” After earning
her master’s degree at Yale F&ES, she
worked at the Environmental Protection
Agency in Washington, D.C. She soon
segued into the financial sector and
moved to the Philippines, then to Hong
Kong. She became a senior manager
with Price Waterhouse and then the
general manager of a brewery in Hong
Kong. Dora worked for fourteen years in
Southeast Asia, frequently traveling to
other continents. She also enjoyed artistic
and domestic pursuits, collecting books
and Southeast Asian textiles, joining
serious knitting circles, following opera,
and studying cooking around the world.
Following her 25th college reunion, she
returned to the U.S. to reinvent her career,
settling first in the Philadelphia area,
where she met the love of her life, Barry.
Together they moved to the Princeton
area, where she found her life's true
calling, teaching high school level
Chinese. Dora and Barry were married
on May 10, 2013.
Christopher Whitelaw Murdoch ’75
M.F.S. (1951–2014) died peacefully in his
sleep at his home in Old Town, Maine,
on July 27. Christopher earned a master’s
degree from Yale F&ES and a Ph.D. from
the University of Maine, where he was
a professor and Director of the Forestry
Department. He is survived by his wife,
Paula; two sons; a stepson; three stepgrandchildren; three brothers; and many
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nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by a son, Christopher Jr.
Cli≠ord Alfred Myers Jr. ’59 Ph.D.
(1920–2014) died on March 15 in
Harlingen, Texas, at the age of 93. Cli≠ord
was born in New London, Conn., and
earned a B.S.F. and M.F. at Colorado A&M
College (now Colorado State University).
He studied as a special student at West
Virginia University in the 1950s before
earning a doctoral degree at Yale. He
joined the U.S. Forest Service in South
Dakota in 1956 as Black Hills Research
Project Leader. In 1960 he became the
Research Center Leader for the Rocky
Mountain Forest and Range Experiment
Station in Flagsta≠, Ariz. In 1962, he
moved to Fort Collins, Colo., to become
the Principal Mensurationist for the
USFS. He retired in the mid-1970s and
moved to Port Isabel, Texas, where he
pursued his interests in fishing and
Mayan archaeology.
Richard Collin Rose ’40 M.F.
(1915–2014) died at age 98 in Mendon,
Vt. He graduated from Middlebury
College and earned a master’s degree
from the Yale School of Forestry. Richard
served as a captain in the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers during WWII and
the Korean Conflict. He became a
licensed surveyor and forest manager,
and taught at the Harvard School of
Forestry and Rutland Teacher’s College.
He traveled extensively abroad with his
mother and had a great love for Vermont,
evidenced by the hundreds of acres of
land he donated to Vermont Land Trust.
He was a 50-year active member of
Grace Congregational United Church of
Christ, co-founder and president of Sable
Mountain Corporation, and chairman of
the Rutland Lions Club. Richard married
Marjorie Mitchell in 1942. He is survived
by his two children, four grandchildren,
and five great-grandchildren.
Steven Robert Schulman ’80 Ph.D.
(1951–2014) died on September 27 after
a long illness. Steven spent his childhood
in Highland Park, Ill., and always had
a great love of nature and wildlife. He
received a B.S. in forestry from University
of Montana and a master’s degree in
forestry from Harvard. He then earned
his Ph.D. from Yale. His post-doctoral
research included a NATO Fellowship in
the Department of Zoology at Cambridge
University and a NIMH Fellowship in
the Department of Biology at Princeton
University. He turned a strong interest
in the stock market into a career on Wall
Street. He held senior positions at Merrill
Lynch and UBS in London and New York,
and retired in 2001. Steven spent the last
ten years with his wife and best friend,
Laurie, in Bradenton, Fla. His greatest
pleasure in life was watching his children
and their cousins enjoy the outdoors
together at their yearly summer vacations. He also enjoyed playing classical
and flamenco guitar. He will long be
remembered as a lighthearted, kind,
and generous soul. He is survived by
his wife of 22 years, four children, a sister,
and a brother.
Arthur Leslie Seamans ’59 M.F.
(1936–2014) passed away at the age of 77
on June 12 in Lewiston, Idaho, surrounded
by his friends and family. Originally from
N.H., Art graduated from the University
of New Hampshire and earned a master’s
degree from the Yale School of Forestry.
While attending a Yale Forestry course in
Arkansas, he met his beloved wife Joyce,
with whom he recently celebrated 53
wonderful years of marriage. He began
his Forest Service career in Idaho and,
as an avid outdoorsman, the job suited
him well. While serving as the Work
Programs Manager near Darby, Mont.,
in the late 1960s, Arthur and Joyce developed friendships that lasted a lifetime.
Art felt very honored to hold the position
of District Ranger for the all-wilderness
Moose Creek Ranger District within the
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Oregon.
He served as the Area Manager of the
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
from 1980 to 1992, when he retired from
government service. Soon, he was hired
as a tour guide in Hells Canyon. He was
a much sought-after fishing guide and a
skilled riverboat captain, navigating the
rugged Snake River. He most enjoyed taking area schoolchildren on spring tours
of North America’s deepest river gorge
and created a workbook for the river trip.
He also worked tirelessly for the Idaho
Lands Fund. He was a member of the
Northwest Professional Power Vessel
Association, Northwest River Runners,
River Access for Tomorrow, American
Legion, Blue Ribbon Coalition, National
Rifle Association, and Selway-Bitterroot/
Frank Church Foundation. He proudly
served his country in the National Guard
during the early 1960s Berlin Crisis. Art
enjoyed spending time with his family
and friends, as well as fishing, hunting,
boating, camping, and traveling with
Joyce to Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand,
and Alaska. He was a talented photographer and artist. He is survived by
his wife, mother, sister, brother, two
daughters, four grandchildren, and
six great-grandchildren.
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in memoriam
Thomas “Tom” Gordon Siccama
A Professor Who Inspired Generations at F&ES
Thomas “Tom” Gordon Siccama passed away on October 3
with his family by his side. He was 78.
Tom was a revered professor of forest ecology at the Yale School
of Forestry & Environmental Studies whose field lessons in the
forests and landscapes of New England were a defining part
of life for generations of F&ES students — and, for many, lifechanging events.
Beloved for his quirky sense of humor and plainspoken manner, he was also considered one of the preeminent experts
on the forest ecosystems of the northeastern U.S., publishing
more than 120 research papers and developing an encyclopedic knowledge of the region’s soils, plants, geography, and
surface geology.
For Tom, who joined the F&ES faculty in 1967 and continued to
teach as Professor Emeritus after his retirement in 2006, the
natural world was always the best classroom because it allowed
students to understand the complexities of ecology through
first-hand observation and by getting their hands dirty.
Whether it was during an afternoon hike in the woods of
Connecticut or during annual trips to the forests of Puerto
Rico, Tom shined in the field, inspiring students with passionate lessons on how those natural spaces function.
Born in Rahway, N.J., Tom spent much of his childhood at his
grandparents’ farm in southern New Jersey, an experience
that nurtured his love of nature and the outdoors. During
those years, he was also exposed to the region’s Pine Barren
forests. In later years, he called a relic stand of pitch pines in
Wallingford, Conn., his favorite trees because they reminded
him of those forests of his youth.
In 1966, after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont,
Tom accepted a postdoctoral position at the Hubbard Brook
Ecosystem Study, a pioneering research project based at a
3,160-hectare reserve in New Hampshire’s White Mountain
National Forest. He would remain a part of that research
project for the rest of his life.
His research on the nutrient dynamics of the vegetation and
soils conducted over nearly five decades helped to establish
Hubbard Brook as the world’s leading study on forested ecosystems. The results from his scholarship informed public
policy debates regarding acid rain, sustainable forestry, and
climate change.
His collection and conservation of long-term data at Hubbard
Brook not only established an invaluable baseline by which to
measure the impact of environmental stressors on these
forests but also inspired former students to carry on his work.
At F&ES, he introduced students to local plants and soils. His
crash course in plant identification would become a defining
piece of MODS. He received the School’s top teaching and
advising award four times.
At Hubbard Brook he also formed an important relationship
with Herbert Bormann, who had joined the Yale faculty in
1966 and would also become an iconic figure at F&ES.
Former students still recall trailing Tom as he hiked briskly
over wooded landscapes and, at break-neck speed, described
the surrounding flora, explained how all the natural systems
were connected, and shared his wisdom on how to read nature.
Tom’s research focused on the study of soils, particularly the
chemistry of the forest floor and long-term patterns in forest
systems. For one of his studies, he determined that rain was
dropping lead in the forest soils at Hubbard Brook. After collecting lead measurements across the region, Tom and other
researchers found that the highest concentrations were located
along the I-95 corridor — a discovery that would contribute to
the federal government’s decision to remove lead from gasoline.
We are planning a memorial gathering in Tom’s memory, which
will take place in the spring. More details will be shared with
all F&ES alumni once plans are finalized.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judith of Shelburne,
Vermont; his daughter, Carolyn Siccama, and her husband,
Chris Trapeni; his granddaughter, Carly Trapeni; a sister-in-law,
Sharon Roa, and her husband Glen Roa; a brother-in-law, George
Pillsbury, and his wife, Celine Pillsbury; and his cat, Willow.
yale school of forestry & environmental studies
class of 2013: Career Update
Where did the Class of 2013 land after graduating from F&ES? Here’s the profile of employment
for this cohort of our alumni.
• Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
Intern, Corvallis, OR
• Association of Climate Change O≤cers
Knowledge Center Program Manager,
Washington, D.C.
• Catholic Relief Services
International Development Fellow,
• Climate Focus
Forest and Land Use Consultant,
Washington, D.C.
• Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Legal and Policy Research Associate,
Bristol, PA
• The Nature Conservancy
Conservation GIS Analyst, San Francisco, CA
• EnergySavvy
Client Engagement Manager, Boston, MA
• Pacific Institute
Research Associate, Oakland, CA
• GE Power & Water
Renewable Energy Leadership Program,
New York, NY
• Peruvian Society for Environmental Law
Environmental Law and Policy Specialist,
Lima, PERU
• Shanshui Conservation Center
Project Coordinator, Beijing, CHINA
• Google
Principal Industry Analyst, New York, NY
• The Sierra Institute for Community &
Biomass Program Lead, Taylorsville, CA
• ideas42
Senior Associate, New York, NY
• Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative
Research Assistant in Hydrology and
Geospatial Analysis, Clearmont, WY
• Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative
Co-Director/GIS Developer, Clearmont, WY
• East Berlin United Methodist Church
Pastor, New Haven, CT
• Wildlife Conservation Society
Policy Analyst, New Haven, CT
• Environmental Defense Fund
Research Associate for National Policy Team,
Austin, TX
• World Wildlife Fund
Bristol Bay Protection Writer, Homer, AK
• Environmental Defense Fund
Research Analyst, New York, NY
• Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO)
Forest Policy Research Consultant,
New York, NY
• Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry
Program Manager, New Haven, CT
• Hill Country Alliance
Program Manager, Austin, TX
• ICF International
Associate Environmental Planner,
Fairfax, VA
• International Union for Conservation
of Nature
Consultant, Yangoon, MYANMAR
• Natural Healthy Lestari Foundation
Conservation Program Manager,
West Kalimantan, INDONESIA
• Natural Resources Council of Maine
Coordinator, Maine Businesses for Climate
Action, Portland, ME
• Natural Resources Defense Council
Energy Policy Analyst, Chicago, IL
• Natural Resources Defense Council
Global Policy Fellow, New York, NY
• Good Tastes, Inc.
Director of Operations, Hartford, CT
• World Wildlife Fund
Business and Industry Intern, New York, NY
• World Wildlife Fund
Project Coordinator, Washington, D.C.
Environmental Law and Policy Specialist,
Washington, D.C.
private (business/consulting)
• A.T. Kearney
Business Analyst, Beijing, CHINA
• Apple
Environmental Program Manager,
Palo Alto, CA
• BSD Consulting USA
Executive Director, Miami, FL
• Conservation Forestry, LLC
Decision Support Manager, Exeter, NH
Energy & Sustainability SR Energy Analyst,
Middletown, CT
Associate Business Operations Analyst –
Sustainability, Providence, RI
Editor, New Haven, CT
• Independent Forestry Consultant
Forestry and Natural Resource Consultant,
New York, NY
• Ma7sool Productions
Executive Producer, Cairo, EGYPT
• Meister Consultants Group
Consultant, Boston, MA
• Navigant
Senior Energy Analyst, Washington, D.C.
• New York Green Bank
Senior Associate, New York, NY
• NextEra Energy Resources
Business Associate, West Palm Beach, FL
• NRG Energy
Sr. Analyst, Business Development,
San Diego, CA
• Parsons Brinckerho≠
Lead Environmental Planner – LEED,
San Francisco, CA
• PepsiCo
Sustainability and Agriculture Supply Chain
Specialist, White Plains, NY
• PlantBased Solutions
Marketing Manager, Environment &
Transportation, New York, NY
• Resource Management Service, LLC
Forestry Manager, Wilmington, NC
• Retail Information Systems
Front End Developer, Houston, TX
• Sam Cullman/Yellowcake Films
Outreach Engagement Specialist,
New York, NY
• Southern California Edison
Project Manager, Los Angeles, CA
• Stevens Historical Research Associates
Research Associate, Boise, ID
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• Threshold Group
Mission Related Investment Analyst,
Seattle, WA
• Tilson Technology Management
Senior Consultant, Portland, ME
private (business/law)
• Balkans Investment Consulting Agency
Business Analyst, Sofia, BULGARIA
• Coca-Cola Company
Sustainability Intern, Atlanta, GA
• EcoPlanet Bamboo
VP of Certification, Barrington, IL
• Environmental and Natural Resources
Law Clinic
Clinician, South Royalton, VT
• New Island Capital
Real Assets Manager, San Francisco, CA
• New Mexico State Senate
Legislative Analyst, Conservation Committee,
Santa Fe, NM
• SCS Global Services
GHG Verification Program Coordinator,
San Francisco, CA
• Seiden & Schein, P.C.
Associate Attorney, New York, NY
• U.S. District Court
Law Clerk, Philadelphia, PA
government/public sector
• Alaska Supreme Court
Law Clerk, Anchorage, AK
• California State Parks
Environmental Scientist, Sacramento, CA
• Clare and Gladwin Counties
District Forester, Harrison, MI
• National Forestry Commission of Mexico
Manager of Development and Technology
Transfer, Zapopan, MEXICO
• CONABIO - National Commission for the
Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity
Consultant, Mexico City, MEXICO
• Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and
Investment Authority
Senior Manager, Stamford, CT
Congressional A≠airs Fellow, Washington, D.C.
• National Park Service
Recreation Fee Program Analyst,
Philadelphia, PA
• National Park Service
Ecologist, Point Reyes, CA
• State of New York Governor's O≤ce
Empire State Fellow, Albany, NY
• United Nations Development Programme
Research Assistant, New York, NY
• United States Business Council for
Sustainable Development
Technical Advisor, Austin, TX
• USDA Forest Service
Presidential Management Fellow,
Santa Fe, NM
Presidential Management Fellow,
Montrose, CA
• World Bank Group
Operations Analyst, Climate Change
Adaptation, Washington, D.C.
Associate Director, St. Louis, MO
• Federal Emergency Management Agency
Headquarters Earthquake Program Manager,
Washington, D.C.
• Heinz Family Foundation
Program O≤cer, Pittsburgh, PA
• Princeton University
Postdoc Fellow, Princeton, NJ
• Williams College
Mellon Postdoc Fellow, Williamstown, MA
• Woods Hole Research Center
Research Scientist, Falmouth, MA
• Yale University
Postdoc Association, New Haven, CT
(k–higher education)
• Center for Energy and Sustainable
Development at the West Virginia University
College of Law and Policy
Fellow, Morgantown, WV
• University of Cape Town
Research Fellow, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
• Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
Admissions, Admissions Recruiter,
New Haven, CT
• Yale University Press
Editorial Assistant, New Haven, CT
further study for master's
• Clark University Graduate School of
Geography Ph.D. Program
Doctoral Student, Worcester, MA
• University of Maryland College Park –
Environmental Resource Economics
Doctoral Student, College Park, MD
• Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
Doctoral Student, New Haven, CT
• Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
Doctoral Student, New Haven, CT
• Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
Studies – Complex Human-Environment
Doctoral Student, New Haven, CT
• Yale School of Management
MBA Student, New Haven, CT
employment for doctoral
• Appalachian Mountain Advocates
Program Manager, Lewisburg, WV
• Conservation Education Research at the
Saint Louis Zoo
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from the o∞ce of:
elp cultivate the next group of F&ES Alumni! If
you know someone who has the passion and
drive to pursue a career or research in the environment, speak with them about F&ES. Our o≤ce is
always happy to follow up with leads or o≠er guidance as you speak and interact with the future leaders
in this field. According to our incoming Class of 2016,
more of our applicants learn about F&ES through a
colleague or mentor than any other outlet.
Please let us know if you are interested in getting
involved in one of our recruitment events across the
country — either participating, hosting, or serving
as an alumni speaker. The calendar of events is constantly being updated and is available at If you would
like to get involved, contact Danielle Curtis, Director of
Enrollment Management, at [email protected]
Thanks for your continued support!
from the o∞ce of:
he Career Development O≤ce has implemented
a new career management system called F&ES
Next. F&ES Next is an intuitive, user-friendly platform
that allows alumni to create a unique career profile
that captures professional experiences, preferences,
and skill-sets as well as additional career information. Within the system, alumni can easily manage an
array of career documents and view and apply to jobs
through the Job Search module. Additional system
enhancements include:
• Job search agents
• Outlook and/or Google calendar sync
• F&ES Next Database which employers can search
to view career profiles and resumes of alumni that
best match their organization’s needs
Please take 5 minutes to create a career profile in
F&ES Next. You will receive a confirmation email from
the Career Development O≤ce once your profile has
been approved. If you
have questions, please
contact Alyssa Student at
[email protected]
Job Listings for Alumni
The Career Development O≤ce posts hundreds of jobs
and internships in the F&ES GeO listing service each
month. Many of these opportunities require postgraduation experience best suited to our alumni. As
F&ES alumni, you will always have full access to our
job listing service. If you haven’t created an account,
log in to and register.
Post Jobs and Internships to Students and
Fellow Alumni
It is easy to post a job or internship. Forward listings
in any format (PDF, Word document, web link, etc.) to
Alyssa Student at [email protected] and the
CDO team of graduate student assistants will upload
the information to the GeO jobs listing service within
48 hours.
F&ES Resume Books
The career counselors at the Career Development
O≤ce have been busily working with our incoming
and current students to update and fine-tune their
resumes and CVs. In November, resume books will be
available for alumni to download and share with their
organization’s hiring managers. If you want a resume
book of current F&ES students, contact Alyssa Student
and she will forward the latest resume book as a PDF.
contact information
Ladd Flock, Director
203.432.8920 | ladd.fl[email protected]
Kathy Douglas, Associate Director
203.436.4830 | [email protected]
Alyssa Student, Assistant Director
203.436.4631 | [email protected]
Mariann Adams, Administrative Assistant
203.432.5126 | [email protected]
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from the o∞ce of:
development and
alumni services
he Development and Alumni Services team connects our
alumni to each other and F&ES through annual Reunion
Weekends, regional events and receptions, student mentoring,
alumni campus visits, an alumni speaker series, publications,
networking opportunities, and student scholarships.
Our o≤ce, located on the second floor of Sage Hall in Room 20,
is here as a resource and a base for our alumni and friends of the
School who come to campus for a visit. We hope that the next time
you are here at F&ES, you will stop in to provide us with an update
and share any ideas for strengthening alumni programs.
If you are planning a visit to F&ES and are willing to speak with
current students with an interest in the work you do, please contact
us in advance so we can connect you when you are here:
[email protected]
contact information
Tim Northrop ’03 M.E.M., Director
203.432.9361 | [email protected]
Kristin Floyd, Associate Director
203.432.5189 | kristin.fl[email protected]
Kristen Clothier ’01 M.F., Assistant Director
203.432.4511 | [email protected]
Zoe Keller, O≤cer
203.432.8540 | [email protected]
Brian Gillis, Coordinator
203.432.9959 | [email protected]
Emily Blakeslee, Sr. Administrative Assistant
203.432.9958 | [email protected]
Here is a sneak peak at our 2014 Reunion Weekend celebrations —
more photos and articles will be included in the next edition of
this alumni magazine and posted at
Visit the alumni section of the F&ES
website for resources specifically
focused on alums. You can view your
F&ES class photo, find information
about the ELM mentoring program,
see a schedule of upcoming TGIFs and
events, read alumni profiles, and more.
Reunion Week TGIF
We will be expanding this section
of the website to include additional
tools and resources to connect our
alums to each other and F&ES.
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