Katie Fiorella is a Faculty Member in the Masters in Public Health program and an Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow at Cornell University. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Fiorella’s research aims to understand the interactions among environmental change and livelihood, food, and nutrition security. To understand health-environment dynamics, she draws from interdisciplinary methods and training in ecology, public health, economics and sociology. Her work aims to foster a deeper understanding of how ecological and social systems interact, the ways communities and households adapt to and mitigate environmental change, and the links between human well being and ecological sustainability. The challenges of addressing both persistent inequalities and unprecedented global environmental change drive her work in planetary health.
Dr. Fiorella’s work is focused on global fisheries and the households that are reliant on the environment to access food and income. Her field work is focused in Kenya around the Lake Victoria fishery and rice field fisheries in Cambodia.