Marina Carlucci ’21



Project Title

Sustaining Diverse Income Streams in an Urban Setting: Poultry Farming and Newcastle's Disease in Antananarivo*

Presentation Link

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Certificate(s): Certificates: Cognitive Science, Urban Studies

worked as one of five interns helping to collect data on the spread of Newcastle’s disease among small-scale poultry farms in Madagascar. We spent the majority of our time in the capital of Antananarivo traveling to markets around the city to survey poultry vendors and collect tracheal, cloacal and fecal samples from their chickens. In the lab, we isolated DNA from the samples and analyzed our data using computer modeling. Through this internship, I learned about coding in R programming language, laboratory skills such as pipetting, and what food security means for the people of Madagascar. I also began to comprehend the socioeconomic interactions between groups of people living in a developing country, which interested me greatly as I’m studying sociology in urban contexts. Being able to administer a survey and analyze the data collected made me realize how useful those results can be, and I want to continue to use the skills I learned in my independent work.

* This internship is connected to the PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Sustaining Diverse Income Streams in an Urban Setting.”

Internship Year


Project Category

Water and Health


Metcalf Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University - Antananarivo, Madagascar


C. Jessica Metcalf, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute