Splash Biography

MADELON CASE, Yale PhD student studying savanna plant ecology

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I grew up in Oregon and have wanted to be a plant ecologist since I was 15, when I experienced fieldwork for the first time through a summer camp program in Idaho. I studied ecology as an undergraduate at Princeton and have worked in many exciting places - mountain meadows in Oregon, deciduous forests in New England, the Amazon rainforest in Peru and Bolivia, savannas in South Africa. I spent my first year out of college living in Vietnam and developing environmental education programs with an NGO in Hanoi. Now a third-year PhD student at Yale in the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, I am researching the influence of rainfall variability on savanna vegetation, through projects using satellite data, theoretical modeling, and fieldwork in African savannas.

Past Classes

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E2181: Introduction to Tree Identification in Sprout Fall 16 (Oct. 01 - 15, 2016)
Most of us suffer from "plant blindness" - an inability to notice and recognize the diversity of plants that surround us every day. Consider this class a first step toward curing your plant blindness! We will learn some basic terms used by botanists to differentiate plants, and apply our new skills to practice identifying local trees.