Departments & Schools

Department of Anthropology
10 Sachem Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511

Department of Astronomy
J.W. Gibbs Laboratory, Second Floor, 260 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
Dunham Laboratory, 10 Hillhouse Avenue,  P.O. Box 208267, New Haven, CT 06520–8267

Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry studies molecular systems related to the sustainable production, storage and use of chemical fuels. The methods of chemical synthesis, catalysis, analytical and physical chemistry, spectroscopy and computational modeling are used to study solar energy conversion, solar fuel production, hydrogen storage and green chemistry.

Biophysical and computational studies are used to define the processes of solar energy conversion that occur in natural photosynthetic systems. The principles revealed by study of the natural systems are applied in a collaborative multidisciplinary project to develop bioinspired artificial photosynthetic systems that use solar energy to drive water splitting for sustainable fuel production. In addition, studies of solvated molecules in the gas phase are done to reveal the structures of species, such as solvated protons, that are important in energy conversion processes and the fundamental reaction steps in water splitting chemistry.

Department of Chemistry
225 Prospect Street, PO Box 208107, New Haven CT 06520 8107

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology investigates how climate change affects ecological and evolutionary processes and threatens biodiversity. Work in the department provides critical knowledge about evolutionary responses and variation in rates of species evolution caused by past climate change. Species communities are assessed for effects of recent climate change to draw conclusions about the future trajectory of key ecological processes and the potential for adaptation. Empirical, simulation and theoretical approaches are used to estimate geographic shifts and extinctions of biodiversity under projected climate change. The department’s knowledge of biodiversity, ecology, physiology and evolution can help improve global models of carbon storage and provide a scientific basis for conservation prioritization and resource management in a changing world.

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Osborn Memorial Labs
165 Prospect Street, P. O. Box 208106, New Haven, CT 06520-8106

Department of Economics
28 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven CT 06511

Department of Geology and Geophysics
The Department of Geology and Geophysics studies the Earth system in its entirety as well as its many constituent components including the cryosphere, biosphere, oceans, atmosphere, land surface, the history of life, and Earth’s climate evolution. Climate scientists in the department research the nature of climate and feedback processes. They also reconstruct past climates, develop techniques to quantify past levels of CO2, temperature, changes in hydrological conditions, and offer insights about future climate change.

Some of the most pressing climate questions that the Department attempts to address include understanding the key tipping points of the climate system and how close we are to them, determining Earth’s climate sensitivity to atmospheric CO2, evaluating how land surface feedbacks cause local amplification of global trends, and evaluating how evolutionary changes relate to climatic changes.

In addition to climate science and climate modeling, the department is well suited for studying CO2 mitigation strategies and possesses knowledge regarding the viability of storing carbon in various geological formations, can evaluate the ideal rock for carbon sequestration, and studies the rate of escape of CO2 injected into subsurface environments.

Department of Geology and Geophysics
Kline Geology Laboratory, 210 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering studies combustion systems that are often powered by hydrocarbon fuels. They employ experimental, computational, and mathematical techniques to investigate the kinetics of combustion reactions, flames, and emissions. The department possesses the expertise to evaluate new engine technologies (including hybrid systems) and the emissions they produce.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
Dunham Laboratory, 10 Hillhouse Avenue,  P.O. Box 208267, New Haven, CT 06520–8267

Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
North Office:
260 Whitney Avenue, 304 JWG, P.O. Box 208114, New Haven, CT 06520-8114
South Office:
333 Cedar Street, C-127 SHM, P.O. Box 208024, New Haven, CT 06520-8024

Department of Political Science
Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect Street, New Haven, Ct 06520-8301

Divinity School
409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511-2167

Environmental Studies Program
195 Prospect Street, Room G04, New Haven, CT 06511

Law School
P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Program in Solar and Terrestrial Physics

The Yale Program in Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) is a joint program between the Yale Geology/Geophysics and Astronomy departments to study the physical mechanisms common to the Sun and Earth that govern their changes over time.

Unresolved questions range from long-standing paradoxes in Earth history, to pressing problems of the present day. For example, our best current theories of stellar evolution predict that the Sun was about 30% weaker early in Earth’s history than today. Theories of Earth’s climate indicate that with so little solar heating, the Earth should have frozen over. Yet somehow the Earth’s climate has remained, if not constant, at least equable for life for nearly four billion years. We currently do not have a satisfying explanation for this “faint young sun” paradox. We are also struggling with a problem on much shorter timescales—the prediction of how climate will change in the coming decades due to human alteration of the composition of Earth’s atmosphere. Terrestrial climate is a rich and very challenging problem that requires deep understanding, but also creativity, to overcome the obstacles of studying a bafflingly complex, dynamical system.

The joint STP program is an unique collaborative effort between a space sciences and Earth sciences department, poised to exploit the growing convergence between key elements of the study of the Sun and Earth. The core mission of this program is to attract and educate new graduate students who will have the fluency across disciplines to generate the new discoveries that will become possible.

School of Architecture
180 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) prepares new leadership and creates new knowledge to sustain and restore the long-term health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people.  More than two dozen F&ES faculty members in the natural, physical and social sciences conduct research and teaching on energy and climate issues.  Active F&ES research in this area includes the following topics: the impacts of sea level rise on marshes; carbon cycling in rivers, estuaries and coastal systems; energy systems analysis; the science and business of carbon sequestration and carbon markets; the role of global environmental governance and policy institutions; human health implications of climate change; economic efficiency and cost-effectiveness of climate policy approaches; estimating climate change impacts across economic sectors, including agriculture and energy; risk perception and public opinion regarding climate change; environmental justice issues; and the potential for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

School of Management
135 Prospect Street, P.O.Box 208200, New Haven, CT 06520-8200

School of Epidemiology and Public Health
The School of Epidemiology and Public Health offers insight into the connection between climate change and human health. Climate, along with vegetation and geology affects the landscape epidemiology. As climate changes so may the spread and severity of disease. The school studies vector borne pathogens and possesses expertise on Lyme Disease, SARS, and influenza among other diseases. The School of Epidemiology and Public Health also investigates malnutrition, heat-related health concerns, and respiratory diseases that may change in severity and prevalence as the climate changes.

Yale School of Public Health
60 College Street, P.O. Box 208034, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8034

Yale College
1 Prospect Street, SSS 110, New Haven, CT, 06510

Yale Medical School
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Yale Project on Climate Change Communications
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
205 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511