Harish is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center of University of Maryland, an NSF synthesis center. His work there focuses mainly on human cultural adaptation to environmental change and the sustainability and resiliency of complex human ecological systems.
Harish is broadly interested in the ecological and socio-cultural links between human health and environmental change. He integrates theoretical and empirical approaches to study disease systems as the consequence of complex interdependencies between multiple aspects of organismal life histories, including physiology, behavior, reproduction, social interactions, migration and [for humans] land use/infra-structure. The ultimate goal of this endeavor is to inform social, environmental and health policy in complex and rapidly changing human ecosystems.
Much of Harish’s research centers on understanding the influences of ecological and social processes on the mosquito Aedes aegypti and the dynamics of Dengue Fever. As a consultant to the Instituto Nacional de Salud of the Colombian Ministry of Health, he has focused on the development of climate change adaptation policy to reduce vulnerability to dengue in Colombia. Specifically, Harish is working to link the risk of dengue infection to major drivers of socio-ecological heterogeneity in the Global South, including human adaptation to heightened urban water uncertainty, mosquito physiological adaptation to changes in temperature and variation in human life history patterns associated with urbanization.
Harish is also a member of the Human Development Research Group of the Univerisdad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. He has over 10 years of experience in policy-oriented research on the socioecological drivers of emerging diseases in Colombia, Cuba and Panama, and has received funding from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization.