Christopher Golden
Assistant Professor

Christopher Golden

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health

Nutrition

golden@hsph.harvard.edu

Other Positions

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Global Health and Population

Global Health and Population

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Overview

I am 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. Since 1999, I have been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar. Most broadly, I am interested in local people’s dependence on natural resources for obtaining adequate health. This interest has led to various studies into connections between marine and terrestrial wildlife consumption and the incidence of micronutrient deficiencies, the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health, and the eco-epidemiology of malaria and the human microbiome given current trends in biodiversity loss and land use change. Beyond Madagascar, I have been leading a collaborative research program that evaluates the connections among climate change, fisheries management and ocean governance, and food security and human nutrition in coastal populations around the world. Given trends in mass fisheries declines, coral bleaching, and raising sea surface temperatures that will drive fisheries away from the Equator and toward the Poles, food-insecure populations across the globe will be deprived of a critical nutritional resource. Our group tackles this subject by modeling potential health futures and determining what types of interventions may be able to buffer against these impacts.

MPH, 05/2010, Epidemiology
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

PhD, 05/2011, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

BA, 06/2005, Environmental Conservation
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

Post-doc, 06/2013, Planetary Health
Harvard University Center for the Environment, Cambridge, MA


Bibliography

Study Protocol: A Cross-Sectional Examination of Socio-Demographic and Ecological Determinants of Nutrition and Disease Across Madagascar.

Golden CD, Rice BL, Randriamady HJ, Vonona AM, Randrianasolo JF, Tafangy AN, Andrianantenaina MY, Arisco NJ, Emile GN, Lainandrasana F, Mahonjolaza RFF, Raelson HP, Rakotoarilalao VR, Rakotomalala AANA, Rasamison AD, Mahery R, Tantely ML, Girod R, Annapragada A, Wesolowski A, Winter A, Hartl DL, Hazen J, Metcalf CJE.

Front Public Health. 2020. 8:500. PMID: 33042943

The future of food from the sea.

Costello C, Cao L, Gelcich S, Cisneros-Mata MÁ, Free CM, Froehlich HE, Golden CD, Ishimura G, Maier J, Macadam-Somer I, Mangin T, Melnychuk MC, Miyahara M, de Moor CL, Naylor R, Nøstbakken L, Ojea E, O'Reilly E, Parma AM, Plantinga AJ, Thilsted SH, Lubchenco J.

Nature. 2020 12. 588(7836):95-100. PMID: 32814903


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