Current Students

Field Station: Kianjavato

Yvan

Yvan

PhD Candidate
University of Antananarivo

Bamboo and litchis propagation and impact of the basket making in Kianjavato, Madagascar.
This project establishes bamboo stands where people can sustainably harvest for their construction and artisanal needs (basket-making), reducing pressure on bamboo patches in the forest upon which greater bamboo lemurs rely.

Daniel

Daniel

PhD Candidate
University of Antananarivo

Kianjavato, in southeastern Madagascar, is classified as one of the 30 priority sites for primate conservation. Kianjavato is also a key area for lemur conservation and is a part of the Corridor Fandriana-Vohidrozo (CoFaV). We are using mycorrhiza to improve restoration success of forest species in the Kianjavato forest.

Faranky

Faranky

PhD Candidate
University of Antananarivo

The aye-aye is a solitary nocturnal lemur identified as one of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world. We are studying the social interaction of mother-baby and between adult individuals of this cryptic species to understand his social life and to be able to develop appropriate conservation efforts.

Ando

Ando

PhD Candidate
University of Mahajanga

Building a sustainable future for the Critically Endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) in Kianjavato, Madagascar.
This research project examines how to build a sustainable future for greater bamboo lemurs living in Vatovavy forest, Kianjavato, Madagascar. To achieve our goals, we habituated first the species, then recorded their behaviors particularly their feeding behavior, the nutritional value of the plants they consumed, and their habitat structure.

Field Station: Lavavolo

Andrée

Nambinina

PhD Candidate
University of Toliara

Population, ecological requirements and local extinction risk of radiated tortoises in Southwest Madagascar.
Our aim is to determine the population density in the three habitats (dry forest on sandy soil, dry forest on ferruginous soil, calcaerous plateau) of the radiated tortoise and to know the diet and behavior of the species in the natural population. We also identified pressures and threats, as well as their effects on the radiated tortoise population.

Sylvain

Sylvain

PhD Candidate
University of Toliara

Using the ring-tailed lemur population in the Mahafaly Plateau as a tool for the safeguard of the remaining population in their natural habitats and the
biodiversity of the region.

This study identifies the ring-tailed lemur population, their adaptive
lifestyles subject to the influence of various ecological factors, and
the pressures and threats caused by humans by highlighting the population dynamics of the species in a sub-arid bioclimate.

Field Station: Torotorofotsy

Jeannin Nicolas

Jeannin Nicolas

PhD Candidate
University of Mahajanga

Aye-ayes are a top 25 endangered primate that have had limited behavioral research conducted on them. This is largely due to their nocturnal and cryptic nature, making them difficult to study. This research will create a baseline for understanding the ecological requirements of an adult female when she is rearing an infant. Additionally, it will elucidate information on the behavioral development of wild aye-aye young and estimate the interbirth interval of aye-ayes, which can be compared against aye-ayes from other forests. All of this information is critical for guiding conservation initiatives of the species.

Field Station: Montagne des Français

Aubin

Aubin

PhD Candidate
University of Mahajanga

Dynamic study of the forest species and effects of the composting in the reforestation program at Montagne des Français
The object of this work is to improve the reforestation program in Montages des Français and increase the quality of the compost to grow the seedlings in the nursery. This will help the survival of the trees planted in the different forest fragments we are restoring.

Kicking Ashes with Reforestation

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In Madagascar, the ‘human/wildlife conflict’ is one that is oh-so-relevant and not something we can ignore. After a young orphan was caught burning newly planted forest in Kianjavato, the teams were faced with the aftermath and how to handle the situation.

Welcome to Madagascar, Kenneth!

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Introducing our newest Volunteer, Kenneth! Hello, my name is Kenneth! Originally from the Houston, Texas, I am currently a student in the Europe-Africa program at the Paris Institute of Political Studies where I study Politics and Government. I believe that conservation and environmental issues are always community issues. By volunteering with MBP, I am hoping to learn directly in the region I study how public actors cooperate with local communities in order to achieve goals … Read More

Meet our Newest Volunteer!

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Introducing our newest Volunteer, Pascal Hi there! I am Pascal, 24 years old and from Germany! If you are reading this, then I probably just finished my bachelor in sports science. In late 2018 I am likely to start studying environmental sciences with a specialization in forest management back in Germany. I am passionate for exercising and teaching all kinds of sports, for philosophy, reading, (playing) music and being outside in nature. I am looking forward … Read More

Superstar Volunteer

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Everyone Meet Edyta! Everyone meet new volunteer, Edyta! Originally from Poland, Edyta has traveled ALL the WAY from Sweden to help us out! We are very fortunate to have her help us out, especially in a time like now, when we are short on volunteers. Edyta is very interested in biodiversity and can’t wait to learn about our large-scale reforestation project in Kianjavato. Her motivation and determination are exactly what the MBP needs and we are thrilled … Read More

Honoring Madagascar’s Women

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  On behalf of International Women's Day, we’d like to spotlight on Fara! Fara is the head Assistant at MBP's Antaretra Nursery and she has been employed with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership for over a year and a half. As a Nursery Assistant Fara tends to all of the Nurseries daily needs. Fara’s responsibilities are important and without her daily upkeeping, it merely wouldn’t exist. Her role is essential to our reforestation program and plays a major part … Read More

Call Me Ishmael

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Hello. My name is Joshua. You can call me Josh. Or not. This is an electronic message that will be put on a website, or not, who’s to know. I will type and send this to another who may or may not post this. Like Schroedinger’s Cat, I just don’t know, but I digress. I am from Calmar, Iowa, United States of America. If you’re from Calmar, although it is spelled c-a-l-m-a-r, we pronounce it … Read More

Welcome Margaret!

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  Jan 11, 2018             Introduction Blog written by Margaret Introducing our newest Volunteer, Margaret! “Manaona daholo (Hello everyone),  My name is Margaret and I am a post-undergraduate from EKU in Anthropology. I live on a farm in eastern Kentucky and my first time venturing out of the home nest was to Costa Rica in 2013, working with the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy Group. While there I was studying primate ecology and behavior (primarily … Read More

Meet Kristina!

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  Dec 10, 2018            Introduction Blog written by Kristina Introducing our newest Volunteer, Kristina! Hello, my name is Kristina. I just graduated with an Environmental Science degree from Stockton University in New Jersey. Since I was a young girl, I’ve been working with horses. I’ve always been fascinated by interpreting animal behavior and I want to gain more knowledge on endangered species so that I can make an impactful contribution to animal … Read More

Welcoming New Volunteer, Josh!

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  Dec 10, 2018             Introduction Blog written by Josh Introducing our newest Volunteer, Josh! Hello. My name is Josh. I am from Calmar, IA, which is ten miles south of Decorah. And if that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, these locations are in the very northeast corner of the state in the Driftless zone. I come from a large family of ten: mom, dad, me, and seven brothers. Yes, you … Read More

Welcome to Madagascar, Ian!

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   Jan 9, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Ian Introducing our newest Volunteer, Ian! Hello!  My name is Ian and I'm from Prince Edward Island, Canada.  PEI is a small province on the east coast of Canada with only about 150,000 residents.  Perhaps the only similarity between PEI and Madagascar is that they are both islands.  We have long, cold winters with relatively short but beautiful summers.  A large part of PEI culture involves … Read More
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