Dr. Christopher Golden Joins WCS to Direct the HEAL Program

Program Updates January 07, 2014

Dr. Christopher Golden, PhD, MPH is an ecologist (PhD, UC Berkeley 2011) and epidemiologist (MPH, UC Berkeley 2010) interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation. Following his postdoc as a Harvard University Center for the Environment Fellow, he is now jointly affiliated with the Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Since 1999, Dr. Golden has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar, and since 2004, has been working collaboratively with the WCS Madagascar Country Program in the MaMaBay scape. His interest in connections between the environment and health has led to various studies into the relationship between wildlife consumption and the incidence of anemia in children (recently supported by HEAL), and the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health in Madagascar. He has been the recipient of several academic grants and professional awards and is a new member of the 2014 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers. Chris is ecstatic to be joining the Health team at WCS, and looking forward to enhancing his knowledge of conservation efforts around the world. Chris will continue to be based in Boston at Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment - with Harvard continuing to be a primary HEAL partner. Chris can be reached at

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