Brinda Athreya, PhD, MUP, BS

Qualitative Research Associate
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
School of Medicine

Brinda graduated with a PhD from the University of Toledo. Her dissertation focused on the human and environmental interplay involving farmers’ agricultural practices and their influence on the Western Lake Erie Basin using triangular methods of research. She has conducted surveys and interviews at varying scales in understanding farmers’ perceptions towards harmful algal blooms. 

Brinda holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Engineering, India. She worked at the School of Freshwater Sciences learning the techniques of sustainable food production in a contained environment, science of aquaponics and radio telemetry of sturgeon. 

Additional experience includes training middle school students to engineers in India and the US on many geospatial software applications She has adopted mixed methods including geospatial science and technology in exploring community health and challenges and involving the community in the process during her Master’s and beyond. 

She is excited to explore the areas affecting the food system and bring a positive change towards health equity.