Ph.D. candidate in geography, UC Santa Barbara
Residency: January 2017 – June 2017
Research Project: Twin Gods: A Mixed-Method Investigation of Diet Change in Latino Immigrants
Research Interests: medical and health geography; population geography; migration, diet and nutrition;
Daniel Ervin is a Ph.D. candidate in geography at UC Santa Barbara. He holds a master’s in geography from University of Wyoming and a bachelor’s in psychology from George Washington University. Ervin’s research spans the relationship between agriculture, the environment and demographic processes; the effects of migration on diet and diet-related health; the nutrition transition; and the Latino mortality paradox.
His dissertation examines the role of migrants’ current and/or origin locations and complete migration histories to determine if experiencing different places affects health outcomes such as body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood glucose. All the while, he also evaluates stable isotope ratio analysis as a dietary and migration history assessment technique. Ervin’s work is supported by the UC Santa Barbara Chicano Studies Institute, the UC Global Health Institute and The Health Initiative of the Americas’ Migration and Health Research Center at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.