Aviva Musicus’s research builds evidence for food-related policies that can reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. She additionally collaborates with the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment and the Harvard Office for Sustainability to improve the environmental sustainability of food systems. Before her PhD she worked for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food policy non-profit. Here she advocated for federal, state, and local policies to curb consumption of sugary drinks, reduce sodium in the food supply, eliminate trans fats, and strengthen agricultural biotechnology regulations. She is passionate about bringing us toward a society in which healthy, environmentally sustainable food choices are the easiest options.
Aviva’s passion for the environment and health extends outside of her research—she thoroughly enjoys immersing herself in outdoor exploration. She previously worked as a backpacking guide in Washington’s Olympic National Park, and has extensive backpacking experience in Switzerland, Peru, New Zealand, Iceland, Canada, and the United States. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2019 Young Explorers Program, where she will be researching food access in Greenland.