Cortni Borgerson

Conservationist, Biologist, Anthropologist

Cortni Borgerson is a National Geographic Explorer, anthropologist, and conservation biologist who is examining the dynamic interactions between ecosystems and human health. She is fluent in Malagasy and is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Her work explores why people choose to hunt endangered species and looks at how this hunting affects human health and wildlife conservation. Her recent research has demonstrated the importance of understanding human incentives when designing conservation policy. Subsistence hunting and child malnutrition are widespread in Madagascar, and a household’s food security best predicts whether or not they decide to trap endangered primates. Cortni is working hard to better understand and improve both conservation and public health outcomes in areas of high biodiversity, so that we may simultaneously support forests and the endangered species and human communities who live within them.