I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist and global health professional with 12 years of experience and a successful track record of applied research, project management, fundraising, and outreach. I am passionate about the overlap between agriculture, climate change, and human health.
My focal areas are international development, planetary health, research impact, non-profit efficacy, and cross-cultural partnership. During my PhD, I focused on edible insects as a climate-friendly and sustainable source of low-cost protein. Through my career, I have developed a toolkit including:
Successful project leadership, raising over $350,000 in research funding, personally hiring and managing nine research team members, and running a multi-institution clinical trial
Strong research capabilities including applied field research, health impact assessment, clinical trials, survey development and enumeration, quantitative and qualitative statistical methods, and policy assessment
Effective and persuasive communication skills with an extensive written and verbal presentaiton portfolio - we need to spread the message; doing the research alone isn’t enough!
Passion for sustainably improving human and environmental health among low-resource communities by optimizing co-benefits across the agriculture – environment – human health nexus
Expertise in holistic global health, food security, food sovereignty, climate-smart and nutrition sensitive agriculture, maternal health, gender, and edible insect agriculture
Ability to work with with stakeholders and institutions across government, academia, and the private sector
Field experience: Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, India, Palestine, and Peru
For more infomation about my work with edible insects, sustainable agriculture, and women’s empowerment through my organization, the Mission to Improve Global Health Through Insects (MIGHTi), see the MIGHTi website.