Research Staff & Postdoctoral fellows
FORMER STUDENTS & TRAINEES
STUDENT & TRAINEE BIOgraphies
Katy is based at the University of Leeds, and is co-supervised by Dr. Ford and Dr. Harper. Her PhD research focuses on participatory climate modelling, ethnoclimatology, and human health in the Canadian Arctic. It aims to use co-research to develop and apply a new framework that will connect Indigenous Knowledge and science to model how climate change-related changes in trail access impacts health. Katy has a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London. She has experience in the use of qualitative, participatory, and quantitative research methods for global health research and an interest in innovative mixed-methods research.
Emma recently graduated from McGill with a B.A. in Environment (Ecological Determinants of Health) and a minor in Geography. Emma’s current research involves integrating indigenous knowledge and community-based metrics into climate modeling, with a focus on the ways in which climate change will impact the health of the Batwa population in southwest Uganda.
Jacqueline is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph working with Dr. Harper and Dr. Cunsolo. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2014. Jacqueline's PhD work uses participatory methods to understand the connections between environment, mental health and wellbeing in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut.
Kate Bishop-Williams is a PhD Candidate (Epidemiology) in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph (supervised by Drs. Sherilee Harper and Jan Sargeant). Kate's research uses an EcoHealth approach to investigate meteorological impacts on hospital admissions and respiratory infections in Bwindi, Uganda. Kate uses spatial, temporal, statistical, and epidemiological modelling to better understand the relationship between weather and climate and respiratory infections in this region.
Carlee completed her Masters degree in Population Medicine at the University of Guelph in 2017, and is currently the IHACC project manager. Carlee's MSc research used an EcoHealth framework to understand drinking water storage and contamination, acute gastrointestinal illness, and water consumption in the community of Rigolet in Nunatsiavut.
Bianca Van Bavel
Bianca is a PhD student at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, working under supervision of Dr. Berrang Ford. She is working at the interface between health and environment, together with Batwa communities in Southwestern Uganda, to find new epidemiological approaches that monitor and reflect sensitivities of health to climate and environmental change.
Melanie is a PhD student working with Indigenous communities in the Arctic to explore culturally appropriate ways to plan for and adapt to climate change. Her research interests include knowledge co-production, effective adaptation, participatory methods and usable science.
Darya Anderson is an MSc student in Geography at McGill University, working with Dr. Ford. Darya’s research interests include environmental justice, climate change, and microbial ecology. Her research aims to address the question of how climate change impacts the land-based livelihoods of Indigenous communities, with a focus bakeapple picking (an important traditional food source in the region).
Isaac is a Bio-Medical Science student at the University of Guelph. Isaac joined the Harper Lab in May 2017, and has a wide range of academic interests, spanning human health, environmental issues, and the philosophy of science. Isaac has assisted with several IHACC graduate research projects, as well as various organizational duties. He is interested in continuing to learn about how environmental toxins and physical threats related to climate change can affect the health of Indigenous populations in the Arctic, and the role of community-based adaptations in addressing these issues.
Kate is a PhD student in Population Medicine and International Development at the University of Guelph. Her Masters in Health Geography from McGill University (Supervisor: Dr. Lea Berrang Ford) focused on food security among the Indigenous Batwa of Kanungu District, Uganda. Kate is now shifting her focus to maternal and infant health among the Batwa, a key priority identified at the local and national levels in Uganda for her PhD.
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Dr. Terence Epule
Dr. Terence Epule obtained his PhD degree in Environmental Sciences in 2014 from the University of Quebec, and is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) under Prof. Mark New. At the ACDI, his research explores elements of crop yield vulnerability to droughts and crop models within South Western Uganda with specific emphasis on the Batwa pygmies. Prior to joining the ACDI, Dr. Epule worked as a post-doctoral researcher at McGill University, under Prof. James Ford.
Asaasira Grace is a student at Makerere University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in community psychology. She has completed her second year of coursework and plans to do an honours project with IHACC, focused on the influence of alcohol production on environment among the Batwa and Non-Batwa in the Kayonza subcounty.
Martin is an MSc student in the Environment and Natural Resources program at Makerere University in Kampala. His graduate studies with the IHACC Project focus on the Influence of land cover/use change and water quality on the health of Batwa communities in the Kigezi Highlands.
Emilinah is completing the coursework of her Master of Arts in Geography program at Makerere University. She has strong interests in the impact of climate change on water systems and the subsequent impact of such changes on rural and Indigenous livelihoods. In August 2018, Emilinah will begin working on her master thesis, where she will be conducting a scenario analysis to identify and characterize how changes in water systems in Batwa settlements could affect their agri-food futures.
Triphine is a graduate student of the Disaster Risk Management program in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences at Makerere University. Her research project focuses on food security and vulnerability trends of Indigenous populations amidst climate change. Previously, Triphine has worked as a research assistant with PhD student Kaitlin Patterson. Triphine also aims to hopes do research relating to hazard and risk reduction among Indigenous populations in a changing environment.