My name is Nicholas (Nick) Dowhaniuk and I am a Graduate School Fellow and National Geographic Young Explorer at the University of Florida pursuing a joint PhD in Medical Geography and Master of Health Science (MHS) in Environmental and Global Health: One Health. I am also affiliated with the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute completing a Graduate Certificate in Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD).
My research focuses on conservation and development issues and conflict within Uganda and the Albertine Rift biodiversity hotspot. More specifically, I am interested in the impact industrial oil and mineral development is having within biodiverse regions on local human livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. I am also interested in zoonotic disease transmission and barriers of access to healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. I seek to become a research-practitioner, conducting policy relevant research and implementing evidence-based interventions and significant community outreach in an informed and structured manner to influence positive health and conservation outcomes.
News and Updates:
New Publication Alert: My master's thesis, titled "Assessing the impact of industrial oil development, human population growth, and post-conflict regrowth in an African biodiversity hotspot", is published and available for download through ProQuest. Click here to access the publication.
I was featured in the National Geographic Adventure series "20 Under 30: The Next Generation of National Park Leaders. The article features an interview and discussion about my work in Uganda pertaining to oil development within Murchison Falls National Park, along with stories from the field. Please check it out here if you have the chance!
I just returned from the National Geographic Young Explorer's Meet Up at the National Geographic Society campus in Washington, D.C. I had the pleasure of meeting other National Geographic Explorer's and staff. I'm becoming increasingly excited to have the opportunity to work with an excellent and influential organization like National Geographic, and I'm extremely proud of my affiliation with National Geographic and all of the amazing individuals within the organization. The future of biodiversity conservation is bright, and all of the people I met this past week are a prime example of that.
I have officially relocated to my new appointment at the University of Florida. GO GATORS!
NEW PUBLICATION ALERT: New research article published in Ambio, titled "Perceptions of risk in communities near parks in an African biodiversity hotspot".