Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health
Christopher Golden

Research Interests

The interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation. His research interests center on 1) the dependence on natural resources for attaining adequate health, including connections between wildlife and seafood consumption and the incidence of human micronutrient deficiencies; 2) the role of environmental exposures to parasite and disease incidence; and 3) the role of green space and natural environments in enhancing mental health and wellbeing.

Related Publications

Golden, C. D. and J. Comaroff. 2015. The effects of social change on wildlife consumption taboos in northeastern Madagascar. Ecology and Society 20(2): 41.

Golden, C. D. and J. Comaroff. 2015. The human health and conservation relevance of food taboos in northeastern Madagascar. Ecology and Society 20(2): 42.

World Health Organization and Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. 2015. Connecting global priorities: biodiversity and human health: a state of knowledge review. Editors: C. Romanelli, D. Cooper, D. Campbell-Lendrum, M. Maiero, W. B. Karesh, D. Hunter and C. D. Golden. Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Publications.

Miao, D., S. L. Young, S. L. and C. D. Golden (2015). A meta-analysis of pica and micronutrient status. American Journal of Human Biology 27(1): 84-93.

Golden, C. D., J. Rabehatonina, A. Rakotosoa, and M. Moore. Socio-ecological analysis of natural resource use in Betampona Strict Natural Reserve. Madagascar Conservation & Development, North America, 9, Nov. 2014.

Brashares, J., B. Abrahms, K. Fiorella, C. D. Golden, C. Hojnowski, R. Marsh, D. McCauley, T. Nunez, K. Seto and L. Withey. 2014. Connecting the dots between defaunation and social conflict. Science 345 (6145): 376-378.

Golden, C. D. 2014. Spiritual roots of the land: hierarchy and relationships of the religious cosmologies of humans and their environment in the Maroantsetra region of Madagascar. Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology. Pp. 1-14; doi: 10.1163/15685357-01802010

Golden, C. D. 2014. Gratitude, guilt, goodwill and giving back: Lessons from Madagascar [Research note]. Journal of Research Practice, 10(2), Article N6.

Myers, S. S., C. D. Golden, T. Ricketts, W. R. Turner, R. Ostfeld, K. H. Redford, L. Gaffikin, and S. A. Osofsky. 2013. Human health impacts of ecosystem alteration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 110(47), 18753-18760

Golden, C. D., M. Bonds, J. S. Brashares, B. J. R. Rasolofoniaina and C. Kremen. 2014. Economic valuation of subsistence harvest of wildlife in Madagascar. Conservation Biology 28: 234-243.

Prugh, L. R. and C. D. Golden. 2014. Does moonlight increase predation risk? Meta-analysis reveals divergent responses of nocturnal mammals to lunar cycles. Journal of Animal Ecology 83:504-514.

Golden, C. D., R. W. Wrangham and J. S. Brashares. 2013. Practical directions for the use of recall data in conservation science. Animal Conservation 16: 608-609.

Golden, C. D., R. W. Wrangham and J. S. Brashares. 2013. Assessing the accuracy of interviewed recall for rare, highly seasonal events: the case of wildlife consumption in Madagascar. Animal Conservation.

Allnut, T., G. Asner, C. D. Golden, G. Powell. 2013. Mapping recent deforestation and forest disturbance in northeastern Madagascar. Tropical Conservation Science 6: 1-15.

Weinbaum, KZ, Brashares, JS, Golden, CD, and W. Getz. 2013. Searching for sustainability: are assessments of wildlife harvests behind the times? Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12008

Golden CD, Rasolofoniaina BJR, Benjamin R, Young SL (2012) Pica and Amylophagy Are Common among Malagasy Men, Women and Children. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47129. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047129.

Golden, CD, BJR Rasolofoniaina, EJG Anjaranirina, L. Nicolas, L. Ravaoliny, and C. Kremen. 2012. Rainforest pharmacopeia in Madagascar provides high value for current local and prospective global uses. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41221. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041221

Environmental Courses

Contact Information

Center for Health and the Global Environment, 401 Park Drive, Second Floor East, Boston

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