YIBS Staff

Oswald J. “Os” Schmitz

Director, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology

Professor Oswald Schmitz has directed the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies since 2011. He is the Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and his research examines the dynamics and structure of terrestrial food webs. His specific focus is on plant-herbivore interactions and how they are shaped by carnivores and soil-nutrient levels, both at the level of herbivore foraging ecology and plant-herbivore population dynamics. He also examines how natural systems are resistant and resilient to natural and human-induced disturbances, and his approach involves developing mathematical theories of species interactions in food webs and testing these theories through field experiments. This work deals with a variety of ecosystems and herbivore species, ranging from moose deer and snowshoe hare in northern Canadian forests to insects in New England old-field ecosystems.

Toya Sealy Cotto

LaToya Sealy Cotto

Manager of Finance and Administration
Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) and The Peabody Museum of Natural History
Peabody Museum, 213A

Jonathan Rohner

Director of Finance and Administration, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) and the Peabody Museum of Natural History
Peabody Museum, 213, New Haven, CT