Wildlife Conservation Society, Director of HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) Program

Dr Christopher Golden is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation. He is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society-led HEAL program, as well as a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Department of Nutrition. Since 1999, Dr Golden has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar, where his work focusses on local people’s dependence on natural resources for attaining adequate health. This interest has led to various studies into connections between wildlife consumption and the incidence of anaemia in children, and the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health.

Dr Golden is also a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), serving on the assessment team focussed on the methodological and conceptual framework of the IPBES effort, and helping to ensure that health is included as one of the values of nature being formally considered. He is also a co-editor and contributing author of the new CBD / WHO Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, State of Knowledge Review being released at the World Parks Congress.

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