Derek received his Ph.D. in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an M.P.A./International Development degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. His doctoral work developed a systems thinking framework for enabling policymakers to identify the most appropriate anti-malaria programs to implement in their communities.
As an Earth Institute Fellow, he worked with both the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). His work with CRED used a web-based malaria decision support system to examine how malaria policy makers use information to make policy decisions. His research with IRI analyzed the impact of temperature and precipitation on malaria transmission.