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Chris Golden 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.
Chris 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.
As an Environmental Fellow, Chris will work with Walter Willett at the Harvard School of Public Health and Sam Myers at Harvard Medical School to study the human health impacts of ecosystem services. Since 1999, Chris has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar and is fluent in several local dialects of Malagasy. Most broadly, he is interested in local people’s dependence on natural resources for obtaining adequate health. This interest has led to various studies into connections between wildlife consumption and the incidence of anemia, and the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health. Chris is hoping, through his new collaboration with HUCE, to increase the geographic scale and depth of this research.