I am an applied biocultural and nutritional anthropologist interested in socioecological determinants of health and human rights, perceptions of environmental risk and resource security, gender and human nutrition. Much of my work is dedicated to using anthropological research to strengthen evidence-based approaches in global health and development practice.
I base much of my research in Africa. Ongoing research in East Africa focuses on the local political ecology of rural livelihoods and environmental health disparities, including how socioeconomic constraints and environmental uncertainty shape maternal strategies for safe complementary feeding, caregiver-infant interaction and child growth. This includes recent work on gender and aflatoxins in Eastern Zambia as past of INGENAES as well as previous research among Datoga communities along Lake Eyasi in Tanzania.
Recent projects include:
- An interdisciplinary project on human-animal health and transmission of parasitic disease in Senegal with colleagues in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (funded by the ADLCC Innovation Lab, 2012-2015).
- A multinational project funded by a seed grant from the Livestock-Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program (LCC-CRSP) that examined the interactions between climate change, livelihood decisions and child health among pastoral communities in Niger and Tanzania (2010-2012).
- The fourth phase of the Global Ethnohydrology Study, focused on lay perceptions of water quality, environmental contamination, and human-animal health linkages across several sites around the world (2009-2010).
I teach a number of graduate and undergraduate courses that tie to these research interests: Nutritional Anthropology, Culture & Medicine, Anthropology & Global Health, Global Issues in Pastoral Production, Evolutionary Medicine, Human Sexuality & Culture, and Anthropology of Pregnancy and Birth.