TRI Staff

TRI Director

Simon Queenborough

Simon A. Queenborough is the Mrs. John (Elizabeth W.) Musser Director of the Tropical Resources Institute, Lecturer and Research Scientist in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Dr. Queenborough is a botanical ecologist whose work focuses on how individuals, species and communities (including humans) interact over ecological and evolutionary time. Over the past 15 years, he has spent long periods in the field in Latin America and Europe, carrying out long-term research on plant population dynamics in old-growth tropical forests and managed arable farming communities. Current research interests include understanding mechanisms of diversity, breeding systems and resource allocation, and quantitative methods in population dynamics. Current teaching interests include tropical field courses, statistical analyses in the software R, and the graphical presentation of data.

Program Managers

Dana Graef & Jeffrey Stoike

Dana Graef is TRI’s Program Manager and a doctoral candidate in the combined degree program in Anthropology & Environmental Studies at Yale. Her research examines the relationship between environmentalism and agrarian change in Latin America, with a focus on Costa Rica and Cuba. Prior to Yale, she received an A.B. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, and worked as a research assistant for projects ranging from GIS mapping and forest ecology to the psychology of judgment and decision-making.

Jeff Stoike is a doctoral student in Environmental Studies at Yale. His dissertation examines the culture, institutions and politics of conservation and development in Brazil, with a focus on large-scale forest restoration in the Atlantic Forest region. His previous degrees include an MS in Ecology from the University of Georgia and a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. During and between his studies, Jeff has worked on agricultural, entrepreneurial and capacity-building projects in Oakland, Mexico, Panama and Egypt.

Student Assistants / Editors

Dana Baker, Sarah Tolbert, & Emily Zink

Dana Baker is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to coming to Yale, she was in Tanzania with the United States Peace Corps and worked on various projects involving environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and marine fisheries. Dana graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2008 with a B.S. in Environmental Science.  A northern California native, she loves trail running and paddle boarding.

Sarah Tolbert is a first year dual degree MEM and M.A. in global affairs student. She worked for 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin organizing farmer co-operatives and promoting sustainable agriculture practices.  Wanting to use her new skills in French and managing projects overseas, she stayed in Benin to work with the non-profit Songhai and the Government of Benin’s rural agriculture extension agency. She was in charge of creating a micro-lending program for women farmers and worked closely with women farming groups to install easy to use irrigation systems.  Upon returning to the states, Sarah took her field-work experience and explored agriculture and international development from a different angle, working with the International Food Policy Research Institute. At Yale, Sarah plans to focus her studies on ways to better incorporate conservation practices into international food policy and development, particularly in agro-pastoralist areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Emily Zink is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate, and a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Before coming to Yale she conducted research in Kenya and Tanzania, where she studied the affect of park management on the distribution, demographics, and behavior of local elephant populations. At the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies she hopes to continue her focus on wildlife managment, human-wildlife conflict, and international biodiversity conservation. 

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