Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, Ph.D.

Ingrid C. "Indy" Burke, Ph.D.


Dr. Burke is an ecosystem ecologist whose research has focused on carbon and nitrogen cycling in dryland ecosystems. 

She 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 the University of Wyoming, before she joined the faculty of Yale as the Dean of the School of the Environment.  Her work with graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and colleagues has addressed how drylands are influenced by land use management, climatic variability, and regional variability.  She teaches in the fields of environmental science, ecosystem ecology, and biogeochemistry.

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 others. 

A respected educator and intellectual leader in the U.S. and internationally, Dean Burke is particularly interested in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship.  She came to F&ES in 2016 from the University of Wyoming, where she was the Dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, one of the leading institutions in the western U.S. for research, teaching, and outreach on natural resource issues.