Assistant Director

Rose Rita Riccitelli
Assistant Director
Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies
Office Phone:  (203) 432-9856
Cell Phone:  (203) 645-3914

Rose Rita began her career at Yale in 1991 at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) and in  1998 became the Institute’s administrator under the directorship of Elisabeth Vrba, Professor of Geology & Geophysics. She has worked under the YIBS directorships of Karl K. Turekian, former Sterling Professor of Geology & Geophysics; Derek E.G. Briggs,the Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History and G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology & Geophysics; Jeffrey J. Park, Professor of Geology & Geophysics; and Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecoloygy at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. In 2008 she was appointed assistant director of YIBS, and she is very happy to be working with the current YIBS Director Os Schmitz.

Rose Rita enjoys her role at YIBS, especially working with YIBS-related Yale faculty and the Gaylord Donnelley and YIBS Postdoctoral Environmental Associates, whose research and teaching interests intersect with environment issues.  The YIBS umbrella is far reaching, from departments on Science Hill - including Anthropology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economics, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Geology & Geophysics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology – and spreading across campus to the Medical School’s Department of Epidemiology & Public Health and to the School of Architecture, and she notes that “each day is an adventure that keeps me on my toes!”


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