Degree Program


The Master of Forestry prepares students for a professional career in sustainable natural resource management and policy. Accredited by the Society of American Foresters (S.A.F.), the program covers a range of environments and scales — from rural to urban, global to local — readying students to solve critical real-world problems and resource conflicts across a complex web of social, political, and ecological systems.


Degree Program Coordinator

Mark Ashton

Mark Ashton

Professor Ashton conducts research on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests and on the creation of their agroforestry analogs. In particular, he seeks a better understanding of regeneration establishment among assemblages of closely related trees. His long-term research concentrates on tropical and temperate forests of the Asian and American realms. His field sites within these regions were selected specifically to allow comparison of growth, adaptation, and plasticity within and among close assemblages of species that have evolved within forest climates with differing degrees of seasonality. Findings from these studies have theoretical implications for understanding the maintenance of diversity of tree species in forested ecosystems and the adaptability of forests to change in climate. The results of his research have been applied to the development and testing of silvicultural techniques for restoration of degraded lands and for the management of natural forests for a variety of timber and nontimber products. Field sites include tropical forests in Sri Lanka and Panama, temperate forests in India and New England, and boreal forests in Saskatchewan, Canada. See full profile →

Teaching Faculty

Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.

Shimon C. Anisfeld

Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry

Mark S. Ashton

Senior Associate Dean of The Forest School; Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests

Gaboury Benoit

Grinstein Class of 1954 Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology

Graeme P. Berlyn

E. H. Harriman Professor of Forest Management and Physiology of Trees

Mark Bradford

Professor, Soils and Ecosystem Ecology

Craig Brodersen

Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology

Carol Carpenter

Senior Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in Natural Resource Social Science and Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology

Susan G. Clark

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences

Liza Comita

Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director, Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY)

Amity Doolittle

Senior Lecturer

Michael R. Dove

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology; Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology Peabody Museum; Co-Coordinator, Joint YSE/Anthropology Doctoral Program; Chair Council on Southeast A

Marlyse Duguid

Thomas G Siccama Lecturer
Associate Research Scientist
Director of Research—Yale Forests

Justin Farrell

Professor of Sociology

Eli Fenichel

Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Eva Garen

Program Director Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI)

Bradford S. Gentry

Senior Associate Dean of Professional Practice; Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice of Forest Resources Management and Policy; Co-Director of the Center for Business & the Environment

Timothy G. Gregoire

J. P. Weyerhaeuser, Jr., Professor of Forest Management

Morgan Grove


Lawrence Kelly

Professor Adjunct

Robert Klee


David Kooris


Xuhui Lee

Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology

Robert O. Mendelsohn

Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor, School of Management

Fabian Michelangeli

Professor Adjunct

Joseph Orefice

Lecturer and Director of Forest & Agricultural Operations

Simon Queenborough

Musser Director of Tropical Resources Institute, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist

Peter A. Raymond

Professor of Ecosystem Ecology

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

James E. Saiers

Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology

Oswald J. Schmitz

Senior Associate Dean of Research & Director of Doctoral Studies; Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology

Charles Dana Tomlin

Professor (Adjunct)

Gerald Torres

Professor of Environmental Justice

Robert Talbot Trotter III

Associate Research Scientist

Amy Vedder


Bill Weber