Dr. Heather Fowler, a PhD student at the University of Washington School of Public Health, plans to tackle issues in sustainable dairy farming with funding from the Bullitt Foundation. She was selected for the Foundation’s Environmental Fellowship Award, a highly selective prize of $100,000 given to a single graduate student.
“Emerging environmental health issues are often multi-factorial and really complex, and there is no one easy solution,” said Dr. Fowler, a doctoral student in the department of environmental and occupational health sciences and a researcher in the UW’s Center for One Health Research. A One Health approach brings stakeholders from human, animal, and environmental health to the table.
“We’ve not had anyone before who dealt with this food/agriculture nexus,” said Mr. Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation. As a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Fowler will bring new insights to the environment health field, he adds.
The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is offered annually in memory of longtime foundation chair, Ms. Priscilla Bullitt Collins. In her honor, an outstanding graduate student is selected from a community underrepresented in the environmental movement and who has demonstrated exceptional capacity for leadership as well as scholarship.