University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

WSC HEAL Director Chris Golden Visits Gund

(C) Christopher Golden

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics is pleased to welcome Chris Golden to the Gund on February 11th and 12th. He will be giving a public talk, "Optimizing conservation and public health in view of current environmental mega-trends", at the Gund on Wednesday, February 12th from 12:00-1:00pm in the Johnson House Conference room. 

Chris was recently named the Director of WSC's Health and Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) which is a global collaboration among leading public health and environmental conservation institutions focused on understanding relationships between the state of ecosystems and public health outcomes. Chris is a rare combination of people with degrees in both ecology and public health. He 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 is jointly based at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard School of Public Health. Chris works with Dr. Sam Myers and Dr. Walter Willett at the Harvard School of Public Health to study the human health impacts of ecosystem services. Since 1999, Chris has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar, where his work focuses on local people’s dependence on natural resources for attaining adequate health. This interest has led to various studies into connections between wildlife consumption and the incidence of anemia in children, and the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health.

He is spending his time in Burlington meeting with the Gund based HEAL team (Taylor and Alicia) along with other potential collaborators at UVM to discuss new areas for research under the HEAL umbrella.