Teaching and Primary Research:

Spring 2012

Harvard University, Boston, MA

  • Instructor, Environmental Health
  • Teaching, mentoring, research, and program development responsibilities.

Fall 2011

Brown University, Providence, RI

  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Teaching, mentoring, research, and program development responsibilities.

2003 – 2011 Harvard

(2006 – 2011) Mey Akashah


(2003 – 2005)

Harvard/Kuwait Risk Group, Harvard University, Boston, MA, and Kuwait City, Kuwait

  • Analyzed the health risks and benefits associated with fish consumption
  • Conducted large-scale study of exposures to mercury and other contaminants in Kuwait population, trained field staff, and managed interviews with and biomarker collection from over 3,700 participants
  • Investigated health and environmental impacts of Iraqi invasion/occupation of Kuwait

2004 – 2005

François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

  • Developed original methods for calculating compensation for health consequences of human rights violations; published on topic


Consultant, Ecology & Environment, Inc., Kuwait

  • Developed environmental claims for presentation to the UN Compensation Committee on the health and ecological damages resulting from the 1990 invasion of Kuwait

Program Management and Leadership:


Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene/Public Health Officer, Harvard Humanitarian Disaster Recovery Center, Fond Parisien, Haiti

  • Was in charge of public health and sanitation considerations at Harvard’s field hospital in post-disaster Haiti and assisted in the Child Protection Program

2008 – 2009

Climate Change and Human Security Program Development Coordinator, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Cambridge, MA

  • Led team in the development of a climate change and human security research center, to be housed at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University

2005 – 2006

Environmental Health and Risk Consultant, Harvard/Kuwait Risk Group, Kuwait

  • Designed and led mercury exposure and fish consumption research program for post-war Kuwait; responsible for project from conception to completion


Editor, Right to Development Project, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

  • Responsible for final edits on all project deliverables submitted to the UN Human Rights Council

2001 – 2003

Marine Biologist/Project Manager, Applied Marine Sciences, San Francisco, CA

  • Managed San Francisco Bay contaminant monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program across more than 200 sites
  • Dive Safety Coordinator

1998 – 2001

Project Manager, Ecology and Environment, Inc., San Francisco, CA

  • Was youngest person in office ever to manage United States Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineations/mitigation projects, fisheries M&E projects aimed at restoring proper catchments in Pacific waters, assessments of potential environmental and social impacts of large-scale industrial projects, and preparation of related government (CEQA/NEPA) documents; led teams of 20+ persons
  • Managed M&E projects in California, Florida, Panama, Honduras, Kuwait, South America, and the Caribbean

Research Assistantships:


  • The Neglected Human Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress: Implications for Human Development,” Harvard University, Boston, MA


  • Emerging Issues in Health and Human Rights:  Implications of Climate Change for a Rights-Based Approach to Public Health,” Harvard University Program on International Health and Human Rights, Boston, MA

2004 – 2005

  • Emergent Diseases, Pathogen Range and Elasticity,” Harvard University, Boston, MA


  • Coral Reef Density and Marine Nutrient Levels,” New College of Florida Research Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama


  • Coral Reef Density and Health in the Bay Islands of Honduras,” New College of Florida Research Station, Roatan, Honduras

Teaching Fellowships:

1997 – 2011

Numerous courses at Harvard University and New College of Florida, including:

  • Issues in Health and Human Rights
  • Societal Response to Disaster
  • Public Health Field Research in Complex Emergencies and Conflict
  • Environmental Crises and Population Flight
  • Introduction to Environmental Science and Technology
  • Human Exposure Assessment
  • Human Health and Global Environmental Change
  • Measuring Population Health
  • Population Health Risk Factors
  • Introduction to Marine Biology

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