Students of this specialization, like all MEM students, are strongly encouraged to complete the MEM Foundations courses 
. These courses provide a common foundation of concepts, principles, and tools that all MEM students must learn, regardless of their specialization, to excel as professional environmental managers. The Foundations courses are listed below, except F&ES 530a Ecosystems and Landscapes
, which is required for this certification (see the ‘bins’ in the Specialization Core
Students must complete two offerings in each sub-bin of the Specialization Core (12 credits total). Collectively, these courses provide fundamental coverage of ecological and societal phenomena that influence species and their environments, and in turn the quality, availability, and distribution of ecosystem services. The core classes both introduce and assess approaches for managing complex ecosystem issues.
Socio-economic and political
Quantitative Analysis and Measurement
All students must take at least two courses in Quantitative Analysis and Measurement. Courses in this group (6 credits total) impart skills and knowledge needed by environmental managers to organize, interpret, and present observational data relevant to ecosystem management.
Students must select at least two elective courses. These include disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to a wide range of topics relevant to ecosystems and environmental management. Electives can be chosen to increase either the breadth or depth of understanding and should be selected to strengthen student preparation for the Capstone Project. Electives that pertain to students in the specialization include courses (not taken) listed under the Specialization Core and those listed below:
Ecology / Conservation
Law / Policy / Business
Courses offered though other Yale schools and departments may be used to satisfy elective requirements subject to approval of the faculty of the specialization.
Effective conservation and environmental management requires more than academic mastery, and we require students to take at least three of the professional skills modules offered by FES.
The Capstone requirement focuses on applied problem solving and relies on the application of knowledge, methodological approaches, and interpretive techniques gained from courses taken during the earlier stages of the MEM. The Capstone project originates with the student, with input and advice from the student’s advisor and other members of the specialization. As a Capstone Project develops, the student should identify a Capstone Committee, consisting of the student’s major faculty advisor and at least one additional faculty member with expertise relevant to the student’s research.
A Capstone Project may involve providing a service to a client (e.g., a government agency, company, not-for-profit, or individual) or a research project that culminates with a paper suitable for publication in a scientific or trade journal. In some cases, a Capstone Project may involve group work with five or fewer F&ES students or could be completed as the major requirement of a Capstone Course.
All Capstone Projects have four basic deliverables that will be evaluated by the student’s Capstone Committee: (i) a brief project proposal submitted by the third week of the semester; (ii) a mid-semester progress report; (iii) a final written report; and (iv) an oral presentation of the final project. An extended abstract describing the project will be published on the School’s (new) Student Research Database, and the oral presentation will be open to all students and faculty of the F&ES community.
Mark Ashton, Graeme Berlyn, Craig Brodersen, Carol Carpenter, Susan Clark, Liza Comita, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Eli Fenichel, Brad Gentry, John Grim, Xuhui Lee, Chadwick Oliver, Simon Queenborough, Peter Raymond, Oswald Schmitz, David Skelly
Can serve as a Capstone or a Specialization Elective, but not both.