In collaboration with the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), this project has created a scientific panel to support activities that strengthen demographic training in Francophone Africa.
Through training in new research methods, this project helps to improve the research environment at IFORD, a regional demographic training institute in Cameroon.
This project examines how recent declines in fertility in several African countries may affect the schooling of children and the inequalities in schooling among children.
Starting in January 2008, the joint Cornell and University of Ghana West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) program began training 40 Ph.D. students from West African countries in plant breeding and genetics, with eight students admitted each year for the next five years.
Research in my lab is focused on the evolutionary genetics of insect-pathogen interactions. We use population genetic, quantitative genetic and genomic approaches to study how insects defend themselves against infection. We are particularly interested in understanding the genetic and environmental reasons why individuals vary in their susceptibility to infection, how interactions with pathogens shape the evolution of host immunity, and how immune defense is intertwined with other components of host physiology.
The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) is a competitive grant program that funds research and development work in selected parts of the world where rural families face hunger and malnutrition. The work was recently re-focused on four "hunger hot-spots," and we are developing project clusters to take a systems approach to confronting food insecurity.