I am a Graduate School Fellow and National Geographic Young Explorer at the University of Florida pursuing a joint PhD in Medical Geography with a Master of Health Science (MHS) in Environmental and Global Health: One Health. I am also completing a Graduate Certificate in Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD). I am interested in pursuing employment at the federal level or with a Non-Governmental Organization, particularly in global health and development with an emphasis on the human and environmental dimensions of infectious disease, human health, and human rights. My goal is to undertake applied, policy-relevant research with a strong emphasis on developing as a research-practitioner to facilitate positive public health and conservation interventions and effective community engagement.
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I seek to become a research-practitioner, conducting policy relevant research and implementing evidence-based interventions and significant community outreach in an informed and structured manner to influence positive health and conservation outcomes.
My research focuses on conservation and development issues and conflict within Uganda and the Albertine Rift biodiversity hotspot. More specifically, I am interested in the impact industrial oil and mineral development is having within biodiverse regions on local human livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. I am also interested in zoonotic disease transmission and barriers of access to healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Community-Based Participatory Research on Healthcare Access in Northern Uganda
Industrial Oil Development in the Murchison Falls Conservation Landscape
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