SMEA Winter Speaker Series – Friday, February 3, 2:30, Chris Golden, Planetary Health Alliance

Join SMEA, the Center for One Health Research and the Center for Health and the Global Environment as we welcome Chris Golden, Associate Director, Planetary Health Alliance, who will speak on the topic of;

“Impacts on food security and human nutrition from global wildlife and fishery declines”

WHEN: Friday, February 3rd, 2:30-3:30 PM

WHERE: Health Science Building, D-209

One of my greatest fears is that the major strides that the public health community has made over the past 50 years will be derailed by mass-scale ecosystem degradation and anthropogenic environmental change. The crux of planetary health is understanding the human health impacts of environmental change from processes like climate change, biodiversity loss, land use change, and wildlife population collapse, among others. In my presentation, I will present my views on the food security and nutritional impacts of terrestrial wildlife and marine fishery declines, drawing both on my collaborative efforts with interdisciplinary researchers and on my independent research programs in Madagascar over the past 17 years. I will also speak about the development of the Planetary Health Alliance, a consortium supporting the growth of a rigorous, policy- focused, transdisciplinary field of applied research aimed at understanding and addressing the human health impacts of anthropogenic environmental change.

Dr. Chris Golden, Associate Director, Planetary Health Alliance, is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation. He received an A.B. in Environmental Conservation (Special Concentrations) from Harvard College in 2005, followed by an MPH in Epidemiology with a focus in Nutrition and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Since 1999, Dr. Golden has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar, most recently serving as PI/lead investigator on 1) the investigation of terrestrial wildlife declines in Madagascar on food security and human nutrition; 2) the investigation of marine fishery collapses in Madagascar (and across the globe) on food security and human nutrition; 3)
intervention analyses to determine solutions to wildlife harvest unsustainability and local health crises; and 4) the investigation of the role of green space and national parks in improving mental health (in partnership with Facebook).

Contacts: Marguerite Pappaioanou
David Fluharty