Speaker Bios

901824_10200092594212480_1629793195_oANTJE DANIELSON became the Program Director for TIE in the summer of 2008. She came to TIE from Durham University (UK), where she served as the Deputy Director for Sustainability until May 2008. Previously, she worked with the Harvard Green Campus Initiative. A long-time resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Antje also co-founded the innovative car-sharing company, Zipcar. She was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, where she received her Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Freie University, Berlin. She has worked and studied in many countries including South Africa, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the USA.

hnGRETCHEN KAUFMAN  recently moved to Washington State University to take a position as the Assistant Director for Global Health Education and Training at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.  At Tufts she was the Director of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, and a faculty member active in wildlife and international programs at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kaufman conducts research and service projects in Nepal.  She works with the Nepal veterinary community, the national veterinary school at the Institute for Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) and various animal welfare institutions to promote dog sterilization and rabies vaccination in the country.  She also works with government wildlife agencies, faculty and students from the US and Nepal on various wildlife medicine research projects.    Dr. Kaufman focused much of her time at Tufts on wildlife and conservation medicine curriculum development in the veterinary program and One Health curriculum development at the university level.  As the chair of the Education Directorate at Tufts Institute of the Environment she also assisted in coordinating environmental educational initiatives.  Dr. Kaufman spearheaded the effort to create a professional masters degree program in conservation medicine at Tufts, the first of its kind in the US. At WSU, she plans to continue to pursue her strong interests in interdisciplinary One Health education, conservation medicine and international development.


Dr. TIMOTHY C. WEISKEL, graduated magnum cum laude from Yale University. He trained as a social anthropologist and an historian as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Following field work in West Africa he received his D.Phil. from Oxford University and returned to the United States to teach anthropology and history at Williams College, Yale University and Harvard Divinity School. His research concentrates upon belief systems within cultures and how core cultural beliefs either change or serve to resist change over time. In particular, he has examined how shared belief systems serve to impede or enable different cultures to perceive the changing environmental conditions they must now confront. He currently teaches courses on global climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice at Harvard University’s Extension School where he focuses upon the ideological and conceptual barriers to transforming industrial culture to a post-carbon fueled world.

jujDr. MAGALY KOCH is a geologist specializing in the application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems through the study of groundwater resources and environmental change of arid lands. Dr. Koch graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany in 1986, with an M.Sc. in Geology. Her Ph.D. research on the use of remote sensing in ground water studies was undertaken at Boston University, and completed in 1993. She was subsequently awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Union to undertake post-doctoral research at the Earth Science Institute, CSIC, in Barcelona, Spain. Her current post is that of Research Associate Professor at the Remote Sensing Center, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Dr. ELENA NAUMOVA  is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. She is a statistician working at the interface of environmental epidemiology, water quality, and sanitation. Her area of expertise is modeling transient processes as applied to infections sensitive to climate variations and extreme weather events. She facilitates the use of novel data sources including remote sensing and satellite imagery to better understand the nature, ecology, and etiology of water-related diseases. Dr. Naumova holds secondary appointment at Tufts School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. She is also a faculty advisor for the Tufts Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program.

????????????????????????????DAVID M. GUTE is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine as well as at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He directs a M.S./Ph.D. program in Environmental Health and has served as the Academic Director of the Tufts in Talloires program located in the Haute Savoie, France. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty Dr. Gute served as an Assistant Commissioner responsible for personal and environmental disease risk factor reductions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and as an Epidemiologist with the Rhode Island Department of Health. He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations including the World Health Organization and AcademyHealth. He is interested and committed to offering environmental and public health training in a variety of settings including international venues, having lead and co-directed training programs in Brazil and the Philippines. Dr. Gute received his Ph.D. and M.P.H. from Yale University.  In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.

monaco1-150x150ANTHONY P. MONACO became the thirteenth President of Tufts University on August 1, 2011, bringing to the position deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, and a global perspective.  A distinguished geneticist, he had served as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at the University of Oxford since 2007.  At Tufts, he holds faculty appointments as a Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a Professor of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine.  President Monaco received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program.  His doctoral research led to the landmark discovery of the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies, while his Oxford research group was the first to identify a gene specifically involved in human speech and language.  President Monaco has a longstanding interest in environmental sustainability.


PETER WALKER is Director of the Feinstein International Center since September 2002, and has been active in development and disaster response since 1979. He is a Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, and has worked for a number of British-based NGOs, and environmental organizations in several African countries, as well as having been a university lecturer and director of a food wholesaling company. Peter joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva in 1990, where he was Director of Disaster Policy for 10 years before moving to Bangkok, Thailand as Head of the Federation’s regional programs for Southeast Asia. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, and has published widely on subjects as diverse as the development of indigenous knowledge, famine early warning systems, and the role of military forces in disaster relief. Peter was the founder and manager of the World Disasters Report, and played a key role in initiating and developing both the Code of Conduct for disaster workers and the Sphere humanitarian standards.

zxDR. SHAFIQUL (“SHAFIK”) ISLAM is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. Professor Islam’s teaching and research interests are in understanding, characterizing, measuring, and modeling water issues ranging from climate to cholera and water diplomacy, with a focus on remote sensing and issues of scale. His research group, WE REASoN, integrates “theory and practice” to create actionable water knowledge. Dr. Islam maintains an active national and international consulting and training practice including flood forecasting in India, national water planning in Bangladesh, water policy planning for ExxonMobil, and advising the South Asian Consortium of Interdisciplinary Water initiatives. He has acted as consultant to the World Bank, United States Geological Survey, Proctor and Gamble, and several other governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has produced more than 100 refereed journal and other publications.

740bdeefb0fe8e682e091f0580957176MAIMUNA MAJUMDER (Maia), is an engineer and epidemiologist-in-training. She is co-founder and CEO of the Village Zero Project, a non-profit humanitarian research organization that aims to track the spread of endemic cholera in her native Bangladesh. Her research and teaching interests involve dynamic forecasting models and innovative infrastructural interventions for water-related disease prevention in the developing world. Come Fall 2013, she will begin her PhD at MIT where she plans to work at the interface of large-scale engineering systems and infectious disease management.



BRYAN REVIS is a Digital Media Technologist at Tufts University, where he oversees the Digital Design Studio in the Tisch Library. His research interests include information design and the role of learning analytics in assessment. He holds a master’s degree in Library Media from Salem State University.


frfREGINA RABOIN BS, MSLIS is the Data Management  Services Coordinator and Science, Community Health, Environmental Studies, and Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning research and instruction librarian in the Digital Media Lab at Tisch Library, Tufts  University. Working with Tufts Arts & Sciences Research Affairs Department, she leads a team of Tisch librarians who assist Tufts AS&E faculty with NSF and Digital NEH grants data management plans. Regina is on the editorial board for the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians, and is a reviewer for the Journal of e-Science Librarianship. She has presented on STEM resources and information literacy at Computers in Libraries, ALA-ACRL STS, and ACRL New England NELIG. Alongside colleague Laurie Sabol, Coordinator of Library Instruction at Tisch Library, she co-teaches Research for Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects, a credit-bearing research methods class.

reedMICHAEL REED, is a Professor of Biology at Tufts University.  He is interested in a wide variety of conservation related research problems. Most of his research focuses on understanding extinction risk and questions of species persistence, and determining how best to reduce the risk. He and his students do mix field work with various types of population and GIS modeling.  Although, he is primarily a “bird” person, some of his students have worked on amphibians, and butterflies, and he has been dabbling in conservation physiology with a colleague. He has worked in forests and wetlands, evaluating habitat loss and fragmentation as well as the impacts of grazing, logging, and suburban sprawl on biodiversity. He is currently working on a variety of problems related to the extinction and persistence of small, isolated populations of vertebrates – can they exist? If so, under what conditions?His recent or current graduate students work or worked on a variety of conservation issues, including the effects of urbanization and landscape alterations on wetland bird communities; understanding the distribution and abundance of the endangered Hawaiian moorhen; area sensitivity of grassland birds and how climate change affects their distributions; and how social behavior affects the dynamics of small populations and endangered species.

image_Tunnard_ChristopherCHRISTOPHER TUNNARD (Rusty), is Professor of the Practice of International Business at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he is also the Hitachi Fellow for Technology and International Affairs and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises. For many years, he was a Principal at Arthur D. Little (ADL) in their Travel and Technology consulting practice in Brussels and London.  At Fletcher, he teaches courses in management consulting and in social network analysis. His doctoral dissertation focused on the use of technology in the formation of resistance networks that eventually led to peaceful regime change in Serbia in the 1990s.  His current research examines the roles that social networks and social media can play in building up institutions and civil society in post-revolutionary countries, and he is developing analytical methods to examine public and private social networks and their impact on organizations.

Screen-Shot-2012-01-23-at-2.14.08-AMSARA-JAYNE FARMER, is CTO at Change Assembly. She designs and builds systems that link artificial reasoning, community-based mapping, open data, data science and unmanned systems, to organise development knowledge and help find early signs of crisis in very large data streams. She has background in systems engineering, innovations management, information fusion, knowledge management, intelligent systems and autonomy. She is also a compulsive CrisisMapper. Sara-Jayne is one of the initial organizers of the Standby Task Force (SBTF), a network of about 1,000 volunteers ready to deploy in ciris. Some of her SBTF deployments are: Colombia Simulation 2010, Sudan Vote Monitor 2011, Libya Crisis 2011, Somalia Crisis 2011, Libya Health Project 2012, Regional Data Collectio 2012, HSI simulation 2012, USAID 2012, UNOCHA South Sudan 2012, ACAPS 2012, Uchaguzi 2012, Typhoon Bopha 2012, Kenya Elections 2013.

Dr. FELICIA NUTTER hasFelicia Nutter been with the RESPOND project since its inception in 2009.  She provides technical and strategic support to project headquarters, and global technical support to the project’s offices in West Congo (Kinshasa, DR Congo), East Congo (Kampala, Uganda), and Southeast Asia (Bangkok, Thailand), with an emphasis on building capacity for wildlife health.  She works closely with the partner universities (Tufts and University of Minnesota) and is the project’s liaison to FAO and OIE.  All of RESPOND’s work is done with a One Health approach, involving multiple disciplines (human and animal medicine, nursing, public health, biology, ecology, social sciences, etc.) and sectors (public, private), seeking to improve collaboration that will lead to more effective and efficient disease surveillance and outbreak response.


Dr. ALISON ROBBINS is the Interim Director of the Masters in Conservation Medicine Program at TCSVM.  She has been concentrating her academic efforts on conservation medicine curriculum development and teaching, and institutional collaborations. Her research includes implementation of a long term program for wildlife rabies control using oral vaccination for free-ranging raccoons in Massachusetts.  In 2006 she was a visiting scholar in Australia for a year studying amphibian chytrid disease epidemiology and disease ecology. Since 2009 Dr. Robbins has focused her research on developing diagnostic and treatment interventions for the emerging infectious disease white nose syndrome in bats in North America.

AL 02 Albright susan4SUSAN ALBRIGHT,  As Director of Technology for Learning in the Health Sciences at Tufts University, Ms. Albright works to enhance the administrative, research, clinical and educational functions of an academic health center through the use of technology. Since 1997, she led the creation of the Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK), an open enterprise educational system for the health sciences , a digital repository including mobile access for all aspects of competency based education. TUSK is used by medical schools in the US and India, and most recently Africa through a USAID RESPOND grant. In 2012 TUSK became open source. Ms. Albright serves on MedBuiquitous working groups for virtual patients and competencies and co-chaired curriculum inventory standards development. She graduated from Tufts University and studied Urban Planning at New York University. Her interests include serving as an elected official on the Board of Aldermen in Newton Massachusetts.

???????????????????????????????Dr. PAULA A. CASTANO is a Research Fellow at Tufts Institute of the Environment. Her research project involved a pilot project that aimed to evaluate yellow fever epidemiology in Colombia from a conservation medicine approach, with particular interest in the effect of human activities and illegal wildlife trade of nonhuman primates. She is originally from Colombia where she received her Veterinary degree from the National University of Colombia. There, she worked as a wildlife veterinarian and was involved with different strategies developed by the Fundacion Bioandina Colombia and governmental agencies to mitigate the impact of illegal wildlife trade on biodiversity conservation. In 2009, she moved to the United States to continue her training as a wildlife veterinarian and pursue her master in Conservation Medicine.  Her research interests are the evaluation of illegal wildlife trade effects on emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases in the tropics and the application of ethnoprimatology and participatory epidemiology methods in wildlife disease surveillance.


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