RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Environmental Studies, Environmental Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Ecology, Environmental Science, One Health, Global Health, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Biology
Meredith Barrett is an ecologist with a strong interest in how the environment shapes human and animal health on landscape scales. She finished her PhD in Ecology at Duke University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and worked across campus with the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Global Health Institute, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Biology Department. Her dissertation research investigated how environmental change, including increasing urbanization, deforestation and climate change, drives spatial patterns of wildlife and human health in Madagascar, and how these patterns influence the risk of disease transmission. This research can inform zoonotic disease surveillance and preparedness programs, as well as natural resource management, land use planning and conservation. She believes in the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health, and has become involved in advancing the One Health perspective, which integrates diverse disciplines to achieve optimal human, animal and ecosystem health. Meredith spent a summer in Switzerland as a Visiting Scholar with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. As a Health & Society Scholar, she worked on applying the One Health approach in research and policy, studying the effects of climate change on health and examined the existing barriers to, and incentives required for, building collaborative approaches to health. She received a BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University. Meredith loves spending time outdoors biking, running and traveling.