Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke

Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke

Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean
Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
School of the Environment
Yale University

Dr. Burke is an ecosystem ecologist whose research has focused on carbon and nitrogen cycling in dryland ecosystems. Her work with graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and colleagues has addressed how drylands of the world are influenced by land use management, climatic variability, and regional variability, and has been published in over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and books chapters. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, and received the Presidential Faculty Fellows award at the White House as a young faculty member, in addition to other awards.   Burke teaches in the fields of environmental science, ecosystem ecology, and biogeochemistry.

Dean Burke received her B.S. in Biology from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wyoming. She was a professor at Colorado State University and Professor and Dean at the University of Wyoming, before she joined the faculty of Yale in 2016 as the Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, recently renamed the Yale School of the Environment. 

Burke has served on numerous committees and boards for the national and international environmental science organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board,  UNESCO SCOPE, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, the Dahlem Conference, and many others. 

A respected educator and intellectual leader in the U.S. and internationally, Dean Burke is particularly interested in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship.