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Congratulations to the Spring 2024 Steve Meshnick Travel Award Recipients!

TriCEM is excited to announce the winners of the Spring 2023 Steve Meshnick Travel Award – congratulations to Tyler Barrett and Lev Kolinski!


Tyler Barrett is a PhD candidate in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. He earned his MA in Anthropology at Northwestern University and his BS in Anthropology at the University of Oregon. He studies market integration, human movement, and infectious disease ecology in rural Madagascar using network analysis.

Lev Kolinski is a PhD student in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and a member of Dr. Charles Nunn’s research lab. He received his BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, where he investigated nonhuman primate socioendocrinology and human-wildlife conflict in western Uganda. Lev now studies market integration and human health in northeast Madagascar, with a focus on zoonotic disease transmission and human ecology.

This travel award was developed to honor Professor Steve Meshnick’s (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) contributions to TriCEM. Steve was internationally recognized for his global work in understanding, preventing, and treating infectious diseases, particularly malaria and HIV/AIDS, and his long history of impactful training of graduate students. The award supports students opportunities to present their research or learn new methods that advance their research goals in infectious disease, global health, or evolutionary perspectives in epidemiology. Tyler and Lev will be using these funds to present their work at the International Society of Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health annual conference in Durham, UK in August.