F&ES Doctoral Students Receive $413,500 in Prestigious Research Grants

Nine Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies doctoral students recently received $413,500 in prestigious grants to pursue environmental research around the world.

“The doctoral programs at F&ES continue to attract some of the very best students in the world,” said John Wargo, professor of environmental policy and risk analysis and director of doctoral programs for the past five years until this year. “Their recent success in securing external research funds reflects the importance of their research questions, and the quality of faculty mentoring.”

Each year nearly 170 applicants apply for only 12 positions in the doctoral program, and most already hold advanced degrees. “The recent success of F&ES students in winning prestigious grants reflects the strength of the doctoral program and the students in it, as well as [Professor] Wargo’s vibrant leadership of the program in recent years,” said Daniel Esty, associate dean for academic affairs. “More generally, this success reflects great confidence in the school’s direction toward becoming a global school of the environment with the capacity to address global-scale environmental concerns.”

The recipients are:
Eunhae Jeong received a Korean Government Long-Term Fellowship for Overseas Studies. She will study conflict resolution on the use of natural resources, and analyze legal and administrative systems in the nature policy field, particularly in East Asia. In addition, she will analyze the development of an ecosystem restoration program through regional and international cooperation.

Keely Maxwell is conducting research on the social conflicts of protected areas in the Andes of Peru with a National Science Foundation grant. Her project is titled “Analyzing the Dynamic Cultural Landscape of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.”

Pam McElwee received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the Cultural Anthropology Division to study the “Effects of Ethnicity and Migration on Forest Use in Central Vietnam.” The project will advance the understanding of how multi-ethnic societies can manage a scarce resource.

Laura Meitzner received a three-year Harvey Fellowship from the Mustard Seed Foundation to research the interaction of multiple legal systems and environmental changes in Indonesia relating to land ownership and resource management.

David Neidel has been awarded a grant by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. His research will focus on “Insiders and Outsiders: Natural Resource Management and the Politics of Community in Kerinci, Indonesia.” The award will cover one year of field research in Indonesia where he will analyze the planning and implementation of a World Bank-funded International Community Development Program being established for the Kerinci Seblat National Park in Central Sumatra.

Jonathan Padwe received a three-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science To Achieve Results (STAR) program for research concerning ethnic minorities and rights to natural resources in Bolivia. He will seek to demonstrate the environmental and social consequences of new regimes of land rights established in response to identity-based social movements. His research will identify who benefits when rights to land and natural resources are awarded on the basis of ethnicity.

Anne Rademacher also received an EPA STAR Fellowship for “ ‘Culturing’ Urban Ecology: Strategic Linkages of Environment and Cultural Identity in Discourses of Urban River Restoration, the Upper Bagmati Basin, Kathmandu, Nepal.” She will examine the way perceptions and descriptions of environmental degradation are strategically paired with assertions about cultural degradation and cultural identity to produce distinctly “eco-cultural” discourses about a particular urban river system.

Roy Schiff received an EPA STAR grant for research on “Evaluating the Adequacy of Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems from Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Using a Paired Watershed Approach to Investigate Applied Stream Restoration, Rehabilitation and Protection.”

John Tuxill received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue interdisciplinary doctoral research in Yucatan state, Mexico. He will document how the composition of crop varieties traditionally cultivated by Yucatec Maya farmers in swidden fields and home gardens is shaped by broader patterns of regional agrarian change.

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