PEOPLE

OUR TEAM

Sam Myers, PHA Director

Sam Myers works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Read more…

 

 

Chris Golden, PHA Associate Director

Dr. Golden’s research investigates the nexus of trends in global environmental change and human health. Since 1999, Dr. Golden has been conducting environmental and public health research in Madagascar where he created a local research organization called MAHERY (Madagascar Health and Environmental Research).  Read more…

 

Steve Osofsky, PHA Science Policy Director

Steven A. Osofsky, DVM is the Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy at Cornell University. Prior to that, he was the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Director for Wildlife Health, overseeing all of WCS’s work in the health realm. Previously, Steve served as WWF’s Director, Field Support for species programs in Asia and Africa. Read more…

 

Montira Pongsiri, PHA Science Policy Advisor

Montira Pongsiri was the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, where she led the Mission’s efforts to apply science and technology to support ASEAN’s sustainability goals and to improve the capacity and quality of science-based policy making. Read more…

 


rsz_img_2780Amalia Almada, Senior Program Manager

Amalia Aruda Almada is the Senior Program Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, overseeing the strategic visioning, external relations, and program operations for PHA. She received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint Program and a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University. Read more…

 

Sara Stone, PHA Education Fellow

Sara Stone is the Planetary Health Education Fellow of the Planetary Health Alliance, directing education efforts and managing the curation of educational materials for planetary health teaching globally. Read more…

 

 

Sarah Guth, Program Coordinator

Sarah Guth received her BA in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College in 2015. During her time at Middlebury, she was involved in a range of environmental research projects including the study of eutrophication in Lake Champlain, the economic impact of wind farms, pollinator health, and butterfly migration. Read more…

 

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

 

Ruth S. Defries

Ruth DeFries is a professor of ecology and sustainable development at Columbia University in New York. She uses images from satellites and field surveys to examine how the world’s demands for food and other resources are changing land use throughout the tropics. Her research quantifies how these land use changes affect climate, biodiversity and other ecosystem services, as well as human development. Read more…

 

Howard Frumkim

Howard Frumkin is Dean, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Frumkin is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist, who has worked in academia and public service. Read more…

 

 

Andy Haines

Andy Haines is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM. His research interests currently focus on the health co-benefits of ‘low carbon’ policies including sustainable healthy cities and food systems. Read more…

 

 

 

Richard S. Ostfeld

Richard Ostfeld is Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit research institution in Millbrook, New York, dedicated to providing the science behind environmental solutions. His research focuses on ecological determinants of human risk of exposure to infectious diseases, emphasizing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Read more…

 

Daniel P. Schrag

Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Dan’s interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. Read more…

 

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Anthony Capon

Professor Anthony Capon directs the global health institute at United Nations University. A public health physician and authority on environmental health, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and population health. Tony has more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public health policy, research and education. Read more…

 

Alex Ezeh

Alex Ezeh is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). Professor Ezeh has guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research center addressing population, health and education issues. Read more…

 

 

Jonathon Patz

Jonathan Patz is a Professor & the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he also serves as Director of the university’s Global Health Institute.  He focuses on the health risks of global climate and ecological change, as well as societal benefits from a decarbonized economy. Read more…

 

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