Graduate student spotlight: Elizabeth Parry
Elizabeth Parry is pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. She is developing a new tool to measure food security using a One Health lens with a particular focus on Alaska Native populations. She has an interdisciplinary educational background, with a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Environment and Development. Although she wasn't familiar with OneHealth before choosing these degrees, they perfectly support her work at the intersection of humans, animals, and their shared environment.
Parry is motivated by research that has real-world applications, particularly when it comes to health. As a non-traditional student, she chose UAF for its reputation as a great research school that offers excellent student support.
As a recipient of the Robert and Judy Belous Global Change Research Endowment, Parry has been recognized for her important work in researching One Health and food security in Alaska, particularly among Alaska Native populations that maintain subsistence lifestyles. Food insecurity is a critical health inequity in Alaska, and it is becoming increasingly challenging due to the impacts of climate change on subsistence food sources.
You can learn more about Parry and her work at the Graduate School student spotlight website.