Kaylani Manglona

Doctoral Student


Kaylani is a William Fontaine Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania interested in indigeneity, healing, and climate change in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Prior to her time at Penn, she received a MSc in Biology for her work in exploring local perspectives on CHamorru medicine and its relationship with the unstable environment, rise of biomedicine, and disease prevalence. Kaylani’s research currently focuses on the experience of contemporary Yo’Amte, indigenous CHamorru healers.


B.Sc., Biology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

M.Sc., Biology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Research Interests

Biology, Culture, and Disease; Environment and Society; Ethnobotany; Folklore; Indigenous Studies; Environment and Society; Social Change



Graduate Status