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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meet Christopher Golden 2014 National Geographic “Emerging Explorer”

                                                   Pic Credit: Harvard University
Dr. Christopher Golden an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health has been named a 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. For more than a decade he has been conducting groundbreaking research on ecology and public health in Madagascar. The prestigious award recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists and innovators who are at the forefront of discovery, exploration and global problem-solving while still early in their careers.

Dr Golden received an A.B. in Environmental Conservation (Special Concentrations) from Harvard College in 2005. In 2010, he received an MPH in Epidemiology and in 2011 his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Golden joined Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in January as the organization’s Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) Program Director. He also has a research appointment with the Harvard School of Public Health, with which he has been conducting ecological and epidemiological research in Madagascar since 2011.

In his most recent published study that appeared in the journal Conservation Biology, Chris and his co-authors looked at the consumption of protected wildlife in northeastern Madagascar and found that diminished access to wildlife, resulting from unsustainable hunting and/or the enforcement of conservation policies, may disproportionately impact the area’s rural poor who depend on this resource. The study demonstrated the importance of developing approaches for offsetting these negative impacts on local communities while simultaneously securing a future for one of the world’s most biodiverse places.

Posted with inputs from WCS

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