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Gabrielle Benoit

Gabrielle
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graduate student associates
Department of Geography
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

Gabrielle Benoit is a MA/PhD student in the Geography Department. She seeks to investigate the interactivity of people, places, and environment (built and natural) as they relate to public health challenges in our society. Of particular interest to her is the relationship between the quality of ones gastrointestinal bacteria and inflammatory diseases, chronic immune conditions, cancer development, and neuroendocrine disorders.

She earned a bachelors of science in nursing from the University of Portland. Previously, she has worked in oncology and public health. Most recently, she was working with the Public Health Institute on their Tracing Health Program, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; they provide counties and local health departments with contact tracing, scientific support, and community resources to encourage successful implementation of quarantine.

Sarah Papich

Sarah Palpich
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graduate student associates
Department of Economics
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

I am a Ph.D. student in Economics at UC Santa Barbara. I graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. My research interests are in labor economics, public economics, and health economics. I am currently researching policy changes that affect fertility.

Zhian Chen

Zhian Chen
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graduate student associates
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

I am a graduate student in the Integrative Anthropological Sciences program, and I graduated with my bachelor’s degrees in biological anthropology and environmental studies at UCSB. My primary interests include human behavior ecology, especially in parental investment and demographic transition, and variability selection hypothesis. My current research focuses on examining over-investment behavior, especially in developing countries, through major concepts of HBE such as adaptive trade-offs and optimality model.

Sigrid Van Den Abbeele

Sigrid
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graduate student associates
Department of Geography
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

Sigrid Van Den Abbeele is an MA/PhD student in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sigrid is interested in studying the economic and health outcomes of residential segregation in the United States. More specifically, Sigrid aims to investigate the disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn on formerly redlined communities and other historically underserved communities. Additionally, she has researched the impact of rapid re-housing policies on chronically homeless populations and is working to develop a model to better understand the location of rural homeless populations. Sigrid received her undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Coe College.  

Maya Szafraniec

Maya
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graduate student associates
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

I am a graduate student in Integrated Anthropological Sciences. I study fetal-maternal conflict through the lens of comparative life history, ecology, and evolutionary theory. I use computational biology and genomics to examine the consequences of these trade offs on proximal impacts to health and disease, as well as on larger evolutionary questions. Areas where these conflicts may occur include fetal microchimerism and placenta biology. 

I earned my B.S. in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College of California, studying variation in gorilla skeletal morphology, specifically related to locomotor differences that may be correlated with altitude.

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