NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


Makyba Charles-Ayinde  

Dr. Makyba Charles-Ayinde
Directorate for Geosciences
Office of the Assistant Director
Class of 2018-2019

Dr. Charles-Ayinde is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She received her Ph. D. in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Global Health from the University of Florida. Her doctoral research assessed seafood safety following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and identified highly vulnerable subpopulations which can be targeted in the event of future natural or anthropogenic environmental disasters in the Gulf region.

As a National Academies of Sciences fellow hosted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, she endeavored for the promotion, prevention, and preparedness of public health, through the leadership, analyses and evaluation of programs associated with various technical public and environmental health areas. Notably, by providing technical guidance to regional staff pertaining to the Zika disease outbreak, evaluation of novel techniques of mosquito control due to projected climate change and conducting program outcomes assessments of an Incident Response Task Force following hurricane Irma. Dr. Charles-Ayinde hopes to effect change through the development and monitoring of programmatic components, on the federal level, which champion the one health perspective; expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.


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