PhD Program in Climate and Health

Daniel started his PhD in fall of 2014. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College in 2008 and an MPH from New York Medical College in 2011. His experiences in the workforce have been diverse: working for a Latin American solidarity organization, a county’s solid waste division, a community health center, and most recently Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons directing the Summer Public Health Scholars Program. He is eager to learn about the field of Climate & Health, specifically hoping to explore strategies to utilize adaptation and mitigation strategies to simultaneously address health disparities.

Carlos Gould

PhD Program in Climate and Health​

Carlos started his PhD in Fall 2016. He grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and traveled east for college. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale University in 2015. While at Yale, he studied household energy, the adoption and impact of improved cookstoves, and patterns of woodfuel collection, with field work in Honduras and India. After graduating, he spent a year working on two main projects. The first evaluated the field performance and impacts of two improved cookstove programs in Honduras and in Peru. The second project further established non-renewable biomass and woodfuel-deforestation linkages by ground-truthing the estimated impacts of woodfuel demand on forest resources in Honduras. At Columbia, Carlos is eager to continue and expand his research of the health impacts of climate change and environmental health risks in developing countries, as well as the impact energy use has on human health and socioeconomic well-being.


PhD Program in Climate and Health

Mike started his PhD in fall of 2015. He received his BA in Earth & Planetary Sciences and a MHS in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He has previously been involved in a number of eclectic research projects, from investigating the distribution of particulate matter in different regions of China to a study of vocal hygiene and vocal handicap in conservatory level singers. At Columbia, Mike looks forward to studying the effects of climate change and air pollution on mortality in international settings.


PhD Program in Climate and Health

Alex started her PhD in fall of 2014. She is from Portola Valley, California, and studied human biology with a focus on climate change and global health at Stanford University. Her previous research projects focused on the health impacts of climate driven migration in Tanzania, and the impacts of climate change on the global distribution of H5N1 influenza. At Columbia, she looks forward to continuing these research projects, while also exploring other ways in which climate change will influence human health.


PhD Program in Climate and Health

Sarah started her PhD in 2015. Before coming to Columbia, Sarah studied Biology of Global Health at Georgetown University, where she evaluated influenza control measures using contact network models. After receiving her BS, she spent a year in Berlin on a Fulbright grant, working with the Robert Koch Institute to analyze data on HIV risk behaviors among men who have sex with men. As a student at Mailman, Sarah looks forward to continuing her work with mathematical models, this time with a focus on environmental and climate-related factors.


PhD Program in Climate and Health

Eliza started her PhD in the Climate and Health Program in fall 2012. She graduated with a Bachelors in Wildlife Biology from McGill and Ecology and Public Health through a joint masters program at Yale. She is interested in studying coupled human natural systems, specifically how anthropogenic changes to the environment influence disease emergence and risk. In the past she has worked on projects investigating how geospatial analytical tools can be used to map the risk of dengue in Puerto Rico and how human water storage practices influence mosquito abundance and risk of malaria and dengue in Delhi, India.

Israel Ukawuba

PhD Program in Climate and Health

Israel received a Bachelors degree in Biology from Oberlin College and an MPH degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  He is interested in studying infectious disease modeling, in particular, vector-borne infectious disease modeling.  Previously, he worked on using climatologically-driven vectorial capacity to describe and examine malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, he plans on studying the effects of local meteorology and hydrology on vector population density, survival and transmission of vector-borne pathogens.