MF
Degree Program

Forestry

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.

Program / Courses

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.

The M.F. curriculum focuses on two major themes: multidisciplinary exposure in the biological and social sciences, and a progressive growth of experience in resource measurement, analysis, management and policy. Students gain hands-on technical experience at 11,000 acres of Yale-owned forests and opportunities in management and policy with a variety of forest centric School programs and centers, providing research opportunities alongside world-class YSE faculty. The breadth of exposure propels graduates to careers in private-sector forest management; federal, state, and local government; nonprofit conservation; and education.

The curriculum is designed in three educational stages, along with an emphasis on professional skill development.

Stage One

Basic Knowledge is a focus on understanding the biological, physical, and social science that is the foundation for forest ecology, management, and policy.

Stage Two

Frameworks and Skills for Integrating Knowledge provides many of the analytical techniques and tools for synthesis and analysis of scientific information within a social and political context.

Stage Three

Synthesis and Analysis of Knowledge is designed to address and prepare students for solving important real-world problems and resource conflicts.

Coursework

A. Basic Knowledge

 

1. Biological Sciences

Three courses from three different topic areas. Substitutions for individual courses are allowed, but must be approved.
 
a. Tree Physiology, Morphology, and Taxonomy
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 652
Wood: Structure and Function
  Brodersen
  Tentative
ENV 654
Structure, Function, and Development of Trees
Berlyn
Tu,Th 4:00-5:20
  Berlyn
Tentative
 
ENV 671
Woody Plant Taxonomy and Dendrology
Duguid
Th 1:00-5:00
  Duguid  
ENV 679
Plant Ecophysiology
Brodersen
M,W 2:30-3:50
  Brodersen  
ENV 731
Tropical Field Botany
          Michelangeli
 
b. Forest Ecology, Forest Dynamics
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 660
Forest Ecology & Dynamics
Duguid
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Duguid  
ENV 752
Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests
        Comita
Tentative
 
 
c. Ecosystem and Community Ecology
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 602
Ecosystems and Landscapes
Bradford
M,W 1:00-2:20
  Bradford  
 
d. Forest Health
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 650
Seminar in Wildland Fire of the Western US
          Ashton
ENV 674
Seminar in Forest Ecosystem Health and Stability in a Changing Climate
  Ashton
       
ENV 677
Ecological Restoration
          Duguid
ENV 683
Seminar in Tropical Forest Restoration
  Ashton
       
 

2. Physical Sciences

Two courses from two different topic areas. Substitutions for individual courses are allowed, but must be approved.
 
a. Soils and Geology
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 709
Lectures, Discussions and Applications of Soil Science
  Bradford
  Tentative
G&G 110
Dynamic Earth
       
 
b. Hydrology
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 712
Water Management
Anisfeld
Th 12:00-5:00
    Anisfeld
ENV 714
Environmental Hydrology
  Saiers
  Saiers
ENV 724
Watershed Cycles and Processes
Saiers
Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
  Saiers  
 
c. Biometeorology
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 630
The Physical Science of Climate Change
  Lee
  Lee
ENV 722
Boundary Layer Meteorology (First Organizational Meeting, TBD)
        Lee
Tentative
 
G&G 322a
Physics of Weather and Climate
       
G&G 140a
Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate Change
       
G&G 120a
Earths Changing Climate
       
 

3. Social Sciences

Two courses, one from each topic area. Substitutions for individual courses are allowed, but must be approved.
 
a. Social and Political Ecology & Anthropology
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 685
Engaging Landholders and Communities in Conserving and Restoring Tropical Forest Landscapes
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 742
Fundamentals of Working with People
  DeCew
  DeCew
ENV 759
Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science
Dove
M 1:00-3:50
  Dove  
ENV 764
Sociology of Sacred Values: Modernity, Ecology, and Policy
Farrell
Th 8:00-10:50
  Farrell  
ENV 831
Society and Natural Resources Seminar: A “Reflexive Conversation"
  Clark
Clark
Tentative
 
ENV 839
Power in Conservation
  Carpenter
  Carpenter
ENV 952
Political Ecology of Conservation and Restoration of Tropical Forest Landscapes
               
 
b. Policy Science and Law
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 760
Conservation in Practice: An International Perspective
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 775
Federal Indian Law
Torres
M,W 10:35-12:00
  Torres
Tentative
 
ENV 820
Land Use Law and Environmental Planning
  Shansky
  Shansky
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Klee  
ENV 826
Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
Clark
Tu 2:30-5:20
  Clark
Tentative
 
 

B. Frameworks and Skills

One course from each category
 

1. Economics

One course.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 795
Nature as Capital: Merging Ecological and Economic Models
          Fenichel
ENV 802
Environmental Valuation
        Mendelsohn  
ENV 804
Economics of Environmental & Natural Resource Management
Mendelsohn
M,W 10:30-11:20
  Mendelsohn  
 

2. Silviculture

One course.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 659
The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
  Ashton
  Ashton
 

3. Measurement

One course.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 728
Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
Reuning-Scherer
Tu,Th 2:30-3:50
  Reuning-Scherer  
ENV 751
Sampling Methodology and Practice
  Gregoire
  Gregoire
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Gregoire  
ENV 758
Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  Reuning-Scherer
  Reuning-Scherer
ENV 781
Applied Spatial Statistics
  Gregoire
  Gregoire
 

4. GIS

One course strongly recommended.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 726
Observing Earth from Space
  Smith
  Tentative
ENV 755
Modeling Geographic Space
  Tomlin
  Tomlin
ENV 756
Modeling Geographic Objects
Tomlin
Th 1:00-3:50
  Tomlin  
 

C. Synthesis and Analysis

One course from each category
 

1. Management of Forest Resources

One course.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 688
Forest Management and Operations
  Orefice
  Orefice
ENV 954
Management Plans for Protected Areas (includes Friday and Saturday Field trips)
Faculty
M,W 1:00-2:20
  Faculty  
 

2. Professional Skills - Concentration Area

Examples of courses often taken for a self-designed concentration area.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 573
Urban Ecology for Local and Regional Decision Making
  Grove
Grove  
ENV 760
Conservation in Practice: An International Perspective
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 767
Building a Conservation Toolkit: From Project Design to Evaluation
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 817
Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice
Kooris
Tu 4:00-6:50
  Kooris
Tentative
 
ENV 819
Strategies for Land Conservation
  Gentry
  Gentry
 

3. Professional Ethics

Required.
 
F&ES 009 Professional Ethics
 

4. Workshops and Skill Modules


PSC Short Course
 

D. Capstone

One course. Other project courses may be substituted with prior approval.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 955
Seminar in Research Analysis, Writing and Communication in Forest Ecology
Ashton
W 4:00-6:50
Ashton
Ashton Ashton
 

E. Field Trips

One week-long field trip.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 668
Field Trips in Forest Resource Management and Silviculture
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 670
Southern Forest and Forestry Field Trip
  Tentative
  Tentative
F&ES 005
Forest Apprenticeship
Western Forests Southern Forests