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Project Urban Slum Vulnerability and Indicator Development for Slow Onset Urban Emergencies (IDSUE), Concern Worldwide (2013 - Present)

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The world is rapidly urbanizing with the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas. In many rapidly urbanizing cities, the slum population now makes up over 60% of the urban populace. This demographic transition is creating complex urban landscapes with disproportionately large slums that concentrate hazards and vulnerabilities to natural and man-made disasters.

Project Developing an Urban Refugee Integartion Scale, Refuge Point (2013 - Present)

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Refugees, traditionally confined to large camps, are increasingly dispersing into large urban centers in search of autonomy and better lives. As the urban refugee community grows, the often-neglected durable solution of local integration as a viable option for these refugees has re-emerged. But measuring local integration as a goal and/or proxy for stability and improved welfare has remained understudied. This project developed a scale to measure integration of urban refugees in Nairobi, Kenya among the local host population.

Project Identifying Populations in Need in Urban Humanitarian Crises, Oxfam / Tufts University (8/24/2015 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

Lead a team of researchers to conduct an evidence synthesis on identification practices in urban humanitarian response including, but not limited to, profiling tools, mapping approaches and technologies, needs assessment strategies (for individuals or communities), and documentation instruments

Location

Stanford, Ca

Collaborators

  • David Sanderson, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Project Computer-Assisted Learning, Stanford University / Rural Education Action Program

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Previously, we conducted five large-scale trials to evaluate Computer Assisted Learning (CAL), a computer program designed to teach remedial math and Chinese. The results of the trials have shown that CAL boosts students’ academic performance and confidence. In order to see whether CAL can be scaled-up throughout the country, we need to know whether prefectural education bureaus are capable of managing CAL programs.

Location

Qinghai, China

Project The Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Project: exploring the impact of colonialism and colonisation in the Indian Ocean, Stanford University

Principal Investigator:

Modern Mauritius had its naissance in 1721 when a group of French colonists from Reunion established the first French settlement on the island. Its strategic position made it the focus of successive waves of colonising powers all of whom left their material markers. Despite this, there has been limited examination based on systematic methods-driven archaeology addressing the islands role as a colonial enclave. It was an important trading post between the Spice Islands and Europe and became a long-term colony with European, African and Indo-Chinese influence.

Project Living on the roof of the world: mechanisms underlying hypo tolerance in pikas, Stanford University (2012 - Present)

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This research investigates the mechanisms underlying species tolerance of extreme environments, focusing on pika (genus Ochotona). There are 30 pika species, each occupying a unique elevational range between 0 - 6400 m with the highest concentration of species diversity in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau region. Limited oxygen at high elevation critically stresses aerobic metabolism; however, little is known about how pikas are capable of tolerating the extreme hypoxia of their high-elevation habitat.

Project Tracing zoonotic disease risks and immunological adaptations in bats, humans and human commensals across the Central American countryside, Stanford University (1/1/2015 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

Bats have been identified as the reservoirs for a number of emerging infectious diseases but most of these pathogens have coevolved with their hosts for long periods of time without causing issue. We are seeking to understand the potential sources, sinks and pathways of zoonotic infection in a countryside landscape that is home to one of the most diverse bat faunas in the world by examining bats and livestock as well as surveying human behavior.

Location

Costa Rica

Project Evolution, Extinction, and Conservation of Caribbean Mammals, Stanford University (2013 - Present)

Principal Investigator:

We take an interdisciplinary approach to reconstruct recent extinctions in the Caribbean across the past 15,000 years, and leverage these data towards guiding conservation planning in the region under a changing climate and growing human population. Techniques include genomics, stable isotopes, radiocarbon dating, and morphometrics.

Location

Dominican Republic

Collaborators

  • Juan Almonte, Curator, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Santo Domingo

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