Christopher Golden PhD, MPH ’10

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Christopher GoldenChristopher Golden PhD, MPH ’10 was named a 2014 Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society. The program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists and innovators who are at the forefront of discovery, adventure and global problem-solving while still early in their careers. Golden is studying the effects of global environmental trends on human health. His goal is to quantify how problems like wildlife depletion, land-use change, or climate change affect the well-being of people and then to link those results to actionable policies. Based at the Harvard School of Public Health, he was recently appointed director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL). Two HEAL projects Golden is leading are quantifying how the global fishery collapse affects food security and worldwide malnutrition; and in a partnership with Facebook, he is studying the role of green spaces and national parks in providing mental health benefits, increasing happiness, and alleviating stress.

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