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.


April 7, 2014
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy was presented with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) International Award of Excellence in Conservation for his life-long work in...
March 3, 2014
Officials of the Ministry of Health have put a team comprising of experts in the ministry, stakeholders outside of the ministry, regional and international professionals to...
December 5, 2013
The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies is pleased to announce that Jeremy Jackson and Bill Weber are serving as Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental...