About Eli Newell
I am an undergraduate at Cornell pursuing a B.S. in International Agriculture & Rural Development (IARD). My long-term aspiration is to deliver improved agricultural and public health outcomes using agronomy principles, geospatial tools, and community-engaged approaches. My current focus is on circular bionutrient economy opportunities in the Lake Victoria basin (Kenya) to address simultaneous eutrophication in the lake and nutrient deficit in surrounding agriculture, primarily through novel sanitation and fertilizer production methods. My research with Prof. Rebecca Nelson at Cornell and with Prof. Charles Midega at Poverty & Health Integrated Solution (PHIS) and Maseno University in Kisumu, Kenya, strives to advance these opportunities.
I was introduced to agriculture at a young age while working for a diversified livestock farm in my hometown, where I gained an appreciation for the scientific method and agricultural research.
I am motivated by exhilarating collaboration, the excitement of being on the cutting edge of agricultural research and development, and agriculture’s vast impact on public and environmental health.
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Very interesting, Olivia. Any chance you can share your media content analysis with me? I'm particularly interested in how newspapers report on the causes of HABs (e.g., how often is sewage blamed?) and fish kills (which KMFRI has sometimes attributed to water column inversions and not to HABs). Looking forward to learning more about what you found.
Kiran, I'd like to acknowledge your report for directing me toward literature on eutrophication, algal blooms, and microcystin toxicity in Lake Victoria — thank you!