The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) serves as a principal focus for Yale University’s research and training efforts in the environmental sciences and is committed to the teaching of environmental studies to future generations.  YIBS provides physical and intellectual centers and programs for research and education that address biospheric issues. 


  • organizes a seminar series during the fall and spring semesters, featuring current faculty, incoming faculty and postdoctoral fellows who present current research on environmental topics in an interdisciplinary forum;
  • supports many environmental initiatives on campus, including graduate student support, faculty support, support to the Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC);
  • administers the Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellows program

The Institute has a director, currently Professor Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, an Assistant Director, Rose Rita Riccitelli, and is advised by members of the YIBS Faculty Council and the YIBS External Advisory Board.

The Institute was created in May, 1990 with a generous endowment from
Mr. Edward P. Bass, USY1967, ARC1972, HON 2001.


November 12, 2014
Former Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Katy Prudic, demonstrated through her research that eyespots in butterflies are shown to distract predatory...
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
October 28, 2014
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies External Advisory Board member and former Chair of this board, has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for...
September 18, 2014
A Yale-led effort to bring “big data” to the study of biodiversity has received a $2.5 million boost, courtesy of the National Science Foundation. The grant is part of a new...