Kathryn Fiorella

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Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Assistant Professor

Research Page

One Health @ Cornell

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Email: kf326@cornell.edu

Office Location: A1-216 Animal Health Diagnostic Center

Research Interest

Planetary Health/One Health, Fisheries, Livelihoods, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Environmental change


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley                                                                2015                       

Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Masters of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley                                   2013                                                                                                     
Epidemiology, Certificate in Public Health Nutrition     

A.B., Princeton University, cum laude                                                                    2006                                                                                                                
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Certificate in Environmental Studies

Biography/Professional Experience

Lecturer (Assistant Professor, beginning in 2018), Program in Public Health, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University                                 2017-Present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University      2015-2017    

Adjunct Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth Institute, Columbia University                                                                                                                    2015-2017

Immersion Fellow, Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)                                                                                                                    2015-2016

Doctoral Student, Environmental Science, Policy & Management,                                2009-2015
University of California, Berkeley            



  1.     Fiorella, KJ, Gurney, C, Leong, M, Stillinger, T. 2010. Nature's Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. 34(8): 923-925.
  2.     Fiorella, KJ, Cameron, A, Sechrest, W, Winfree, R, Kremen, C. Methodological considerations in reserve system selection: a case study of Malagasy Lemurs. 2010.  Biological Conservation. 143: 963-973.
  3.     Cohn AS, Eitzel, MV, Fiorella, KJ, et al. (authors contributed equally). 2012. Review of ‘Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies: A Primer’ by Gunilla Oberg.  Quarterly Review of Biology. 87(3): 247-248.
  4.     Bellan, SE, Fiorella, KJ, Melesse, DY, Getz, WM, Williams, BG, Dushoff, J. 2013. Extra-Couple HIV Transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa: a mathematical modeling study of survey data. Lancet. 381(9877): 1561-1569.  Covered by: The Economist, All-Africa, News Medical       
  5.     Fiorella, KJ. 2013. Considering the Complexity in HIV/AIDS and the Environment. American Journal of Public Health. 103(9): e1.
  6.     Nagata, JM, Fiorella, KJ, Young, SL, Otieno, OD, Ijaa, K, Bukusi, EA, Cohen, C.R. 2013. Socio-demographic and health associations with body mass index at the time of enrollment to HIV care in Nyanza Province, Kenya. AIDS Care. 25(12): 1491-1498.
  7.     Fiorella, KJ. 2013. Interpersonal relationships in research: balancing reciprocity and emergencies. Journal of Research Practice. 10(2): N1.
  8.     Brashares, JS, Abrahms, B, Fiorella, KJ, Golden, CD, Marsh, RA, McCauley, DJ, Nunez, T, Seto, K, Withey, L. 2014. Wildlife Decline and Social Conflict. 2014. Science. 345(6195): 376-378. Covered by: BBC News, The New Yorker, NPR, The Daily Mail, Scientific American
  9.     Withey, L, Seto, K, McCauley, DJ, Fiorella, KJ, Marsh, RA, Abrahms, B, Nunez, TA, Golden, CD, Brashares, JS. Fauna in decline--response. 2014. Science (Letters). 346(6211): 819-820.
  10.     Fiorella, KJ, Hickey, MD, Salmen, CR, Nagata, JM, Mattah, B, Magerenge, R, Cohen, CR, Bukusi, EA, Brashares, JS, Fernald, LCH. 2014. Fishing for Food? Analyzing links between fishing livelihoods and food security around Lake Victoria, Kenya. Food Security. 6(6): 851-860.
  11.     Nagata, JM, Fiorella, KJ, Salmen, CR, Hickey, MD, Mattah, B, Magerenge, R, et al. 2014. Around the table: Food insecurity, socio-economic status, and instrumental social support among women living in a rural Kenyan island community. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 54(4).
  12.     Hickey, MD, Salmen, CR, Omollo, DO, Mattah, B, Fiorella, KJ, et al. 2014. Pulling the network together: Quasiexperimental Trial of a Patient-Defined Support Network Intervention for Promoting Engagement in HIV Care and Medication Adherence on Mfangano Island, Kenya. JAIDS. 69(4): 127-134.
  13.    Salmen, CR, Hickey, MD, Fiorella, KJ, Omollo, D, et al. 2015. “Wan Kanyakla” (We are together): Community Transformation in Kenya Following a Social Network Intervention for HIV Care and Treatment. Social Science and Medicine. 147: 332-340.
  14.     Fiorella, KJ, Camlin, CS, Salmen, CR, Omondi, R, Hickey, MD, Omollo, DO, Milner, EM, Bukusi, EA, Fernald, LCH, Brashares, JS. 2015. Transactional Fish-for-Sex Relationships Amid Declining Fish Access in Kenya. World Development. 74: 323-332.
  15.    Hickey, MD, Omollo, DO, Salmen, CR, Mattah, B, Blat, C, Ouma, GB, Fiorella, KJ, et al. 2016. Movement between facilities for HIV care among a mobile population in Kenya: transfer, loss to follow-up and re-engagement. AIDS Care. May 4:1-8.
  16.     Fiorella, KJ, Chen, R, Milner, EM, Fernald, LCH. 2016. Agricultural Interventions for Improved Nutrition: A Review of Environmental and Livelihood Dimensions. Global Food Security. 8: 39-47.
  17.     Miller, J, Fiorella, KJ, Wekesa, P, Boateng, G, Collins, S, Young, S. 2017. An inquiry into a recent paper on pica in western Kenya. NFS Journal.
  18.     Fiorella KJ, Rapacciuolo, G, Trisos, C. 2016. Biodiversity Conservation Priorities: Learning from Public Health. Nature (Correspondence). 538 (317).
  19.     Gaynor, KM, Fiorella, KJ, Kurz, DJ, Gregory, GH, Seto, KL, Withey, LS, Brashares, JS. 2016. War and wildlife: linking armed conflict to conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14(10): 533-542. (cover story)
  20.     Seto, K & Fiorella, KJ. From Sea to Plate: Remembering Fish in a Sustainable Food System. Frontiers in Marine Science. 74(4).
  21.     Chang, A, Fiorella, KJ, Hickey, MD, Salmen, CR, Bukusi, EA, Cohen, CR, Auerswald, CL. Marginalization and community perception of HIV care, treatment, and support on Mfangano Island, Kenya. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research Education and Action. In press.
  22.     Fiorella, KJ, Milner, EM, Salmen, CS, Hickey, MD, Omollo, DO, Mattah, B, Adhiambo, A, Bukusi, EB, Fernald, LCH, Brashares, JS. 2017. Human Health Alters the Sustainability of Fishing Practices in East Africa. PNAS. 114(16): 4171-4176.  Covered by: Daily Nation (Kenya), Voice of America (radio), NSF, Cornell Chronicle, Berkeley News

Awards and Honors

2015-2017    Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University  
2014    Philomathia Fellowship  
2011    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), DhoLuo  
2011    Meaningful Modeling of Epidemiological Data, Workshop and Travel Support   
2009-2012    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)   
2006-2008    High Meadows Fellowship to work at a non-profit organization, The Food Project    

Research Funding
2015    Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Program, PATH and DFID; lead author, award to Organic Health Response, Mfangano Island, Kenya,    
2014, 2015    Environmental Science, Policy & Management Summer Grant   
2014    NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement, Geography & Spatial Science  
2012    Andrew & Mary Thompson Rocca Scholarship in Advanced African Studies  
2012    Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research, USAID, NAS, NSF; lead author, award to Organic Health Response, Mfangano Island, Kenya   
2011-2016    NSF Coupled Human and Natural Systems, contributing author (to J. Brashares)   
2011    One Health Summer Research Program   
2010    Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research  
2010    Andrew & Mary Thompson Rocca Pre-Dissertation Award in African Studies   
2010    Sara’s Wish Foundation Fellowship  
2006    Mr. and Mrs. George Shultz Fund Award   

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • American Society for Nutrition