Jessica Schiff is a second year Master of Science student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is interested in the intersection between climate and health and is excited to learn more about the direct, and indirect, impacts of global climate change on human health. Her current interests include the impacts of natural disasters/weather on disease transmission, ecosystem transformation and health, and the nexus between climate change and migration. Jessica’s current research with Dr. Golden focuses on understanding the association between relative mercury levels of marine food webs (proxied by algae and representative fish species) and human mercury exposure in Kiribati.She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Boston University in 2017 with minors in Environmental Science and Spanish. As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent one month conducting small research projects in the Amazon Rainforest. In her free time, Jessica enjoys baking, traveling, photography, and reading.
Nick Arisco is a third-year doctoral student in population health sciences and the Global Health and Populations department. His research investigates the socioeconomic, environmental, and spatial effects of land-use change and climate change on malaria transmission in regions undergoing intense ecological change. His dissertation work focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of malaria transmission in the Brazilian Amazon as it relates to deforestation, climate change, and human mobility. Prior to beginning his doctoral program, Nick graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Ecology where he researched ecological predictors of West Nile Virus vector prevalence across an urbanization gradient. Following this, he received an M.S. in Environmental Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018, where he researched the disease ecology of malaria in Madagascar.
Nile Nair is a first year international doctoral student in the Population Health Sciences and Nutrition department. His work with Dr. Golden will focus on how the relationship between coral reefs and human communities affects the nutritional transition and the consequent disease and health status of local communities in the Pacific region. Originally from Fiji, Nile graduated with a BA in Biochemistry from Skidmore College in 2015. He has been working as the Senior Clinical Research coordinator and Research Associate in the Genetics and Gastroenterology departments at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York for the last four years. His multi-site clinical research endeavors focused on a range of topics including genetics, maternal-fetal health, Inflammatory bowel disease, human microbiome, and Parkinson’s disease research. Outside of his work with Dr. Golden, he also has research projects focused on the novel explorations of disease biomarkers using deciduous teeth. Using the skills attained through his doctoral work with Dr. Golden, Nile plans on helping lead research projects in Fiji, with an emphasis on addressing the NCD epidemic in Pacific Island Countries and Territories.