Florence Margai

Florence M. Margai, PhD. is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Binghamton University where she oversees the development and implementation of all programmatic activities geared toward the career and professional development of graduate students, including the handling of graduate diversity fellowships and awards. She is also a Professor of Geography teaching courses that reflect her areas of specialization in Advanced Statistics, Environmental Hazards and Health.  Dr. Margai’s research interests revolve around the use of geospatial technologies such as GIS, Remote Sensing and Geostatistics in the mapping and assessment of environmental health risks and negative health outcomes particularly among underrepresented populations and other vulnerable population groups such as women, the elderly, and children. Her past and current research activities include the study of food insecurity and childhood health outcomes, malaria morbidity and treatment seeking approaches in West Africa, toxic exposures such as pediatric lead poisoning and adverse health consequences. She has worked with several non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Africa to assist in the geographic targeting of vulnerable population groups for disease intervention and health promotional campaigns, and capacity development initiatives. Examples include the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST), MALAMED, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the INDEPTH Network, and BioMedware.  Dr. Margai has authored and co-authored three books, several book chapters, field reports and refereed publications in scientific and professional journals. She is married to William, and with two teenage daughters, she enjoys gardening, running, and reading in her free time.