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.

Everyone meet Hope!

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  Jan 8, 2018             Introduction Blog written by Hope Introducing our newest Volunteer, Hope! Hi I’m Hope. I’m from Cheshire, United Kingdom. I’ve been passionate about animals from a young age. My passion for animals and conservation led me to study an Environmental Science BSC from Oxford Brookes University and then an MSC in Zoo Conservation Biology at Plymouth University. For my Masters I carried out a research project at Dao Tien, … Read More

Call for Volunteers!

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Investigators at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (OHDZA) seek qualified and0 highly motivated volunteer research assistants to contribute to an on-going conservation program in southeastern Madagascar. Nine lemur species, several of which are critically endangered, are present in the remaining yet unprotected forest fragments, as is a rich variety of other endemics (birds, chameleons, tenrecs, etc.). The monitoring effort is led by OHDZA and its partner, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP; a Malagasy … Read More

VOLUNTEER IN MADAGASCAR

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The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership is currently seeking Volunteers for the January 2018 cohort Are you ready for a life-changing experience?   Become part of the solution and help us provide a future for the many endemic and endangered species whose lives are at stake. If you enjoy nature and have a passion for environmental protection, then contact us for more details! MORE DETAILS

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Madagascar Biodiversity GenomicsOmaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Department of Conservation Genetics (OHDZA-CG) based in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a post-doctoral researcher with interest/expertise in the generation and analysis of next-generation sequencing data of lemurs, tortoises, and other taxa from Madagascar Responsibilites & Duties These include the following (other duties may be assigned): The successful applicant will be proficient in the construction of genomic libraries and in-solution hybridization methodologies … Read More

Meet our Newest Volunteer

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  October 17, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Jake Introducing New Volunteer, Jake My name is Jake, and I am a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I studied Animal Sciences and Natural Resource Conservation. During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to research black rhinoceros via non-invasive dung DNA. I also volunteered in Botswana where I participated in wildlife monitoring and studied human-wildlife conflict. As an early-career … Read More

Prolemur simus Volunteer

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  Oct 2,  2017             Introduction Blog written by Eliana Welcoming Eliana to Madagascar! Hello! My name is Eliana and I am an early-career conservation biologist. I am originally from San Diego, California. I got my degree in Biology at San Diego State University and learned to love conservation research. From trapping kangaroo rats to hiking through fields of cactus for night lizards, I, like many other biologists, had found the perfect field … Read More

Varecia Volunteer

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  October 1, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Christopher Introducing New Volunteer, Christopher! Hi, my name is Christopher. I recently graduated from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina with a Biology and Psychology double major. I ran division-one cross country and track throughout my college career and have a love for any outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. I grew up in the Great Smokey Mountains, giving me a great appreciation … Read More

Prolemur simus Volunteer

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  August 3, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Emily Introducing our newest Volunteer, Emily! Hi there, I’m Emily! I was born and raised in central New Jersey. I graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2015 with a BS in Zoology and have been working in the veterinary field ever since. I really enjoy helping others but I am ready to redirect my passion for the planet and channel it towards conservation. I am … Read More

Varecia Volunteer

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  Aug 3, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Megan Introducing our newest Volunteer, Megan! During my undergraduate studies in anthropology, I had the opportunity to take part in Field School in Belize for 1 month.  We studied the behavioural patterns of Alouatta Pigra (Howler monkeys) and their feeding habits.  Prior to this, I went to South Africa with a “Volunteerism” program that saw me working at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre … Read More

Varecia Volunteer

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 July 28, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Li-Dunn Introducing New Volunteer, Li-Dunn! My name is Li-Dunn, and I am so very excited to be taking part in the MBP through the OHDZA. I recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I studied Psychology (Neuroscience and Behavior) as well as Environmental Science. I am thrilled to be getting the opportunity to gain valuable field experience in an area of the world with such … Read More

Reforestation Volunteer

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  July 28, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Sarah Introducing New Volunteer, Sarah! Hi! I’m Sarah, I am 28 years old and from Western Australia. I completed Bachelor degrees in both Environmental Biology and Applied Geology back in 2010 and have been working as a hydrogeologist (groundwater studies) in the Australian desert for the last 5+ years. I am in the midst of a quarter life crisis where I am taking an … Read More

Welcome Devin!

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  July 25, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Devin Introducing our newest volunteer, Devin! My name is Devin, and I am a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska Omaha. I hold a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Chemistry. I plan to pursue my PhD in a field concerning conservation of endangered species next year. I am so excited to be going to Madagascar to help with the … Read More
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