Misha Tseitlin ’21


Woodrow Wilson School

Project Title

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

Certificate(s): Finance, Neuroscience, Statistics and Machine Learning

I examined the spread of Newcastle’s disease and avian cholera among chickens in urban and rural Madagascar by studying vendors’ flocks at local marketplaces in and around the capital of Antananarivo. I conducted vendor surveys and collected biological samples from chickens, then conducted various biological tests, including DNA extraction, quantification and analysis. Statistical methods were used to describe and model disease transmission between urban poultry vendors. I also worked on data analysis for a lemur conservation project by looking
at the effectiveness of chicken-vaccination campaigns on preserving lemur populations otherwise targeted by local communities for food. I learned about the intricacies of fieldwork while also honing my familiarity with survey design, data collection, biological analysis, statistical comparisons and models, and other epidemiological and social science methods that will serve me well in my future independent research.

* 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; Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute