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.

Conservation Spotlight

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 July 19, 2017           Interview From the Field New Nursery Manager Shares His Inspiring Story Berthin and his two boys reside in the small village of Vintanona, the total population is about 200 people. He is a family-man and wants nothing but the best for his boys. He feels that it is very important for his boys to grow up with a proper education. Unfortunately, finding work and raising your family isn't … Read More

Reforestation Revives Abandoned Village

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 July 18, 2017            Written in the Field by Dr. Cynthia Frasier  Bringing Life Back to Vohipotsy It's about a 40-minute walk along a meandering path to the reforestation nursery from the village of Vohipotsy. MBP's Vohipotsy Nursery sits on a slope facing the site, where the first community planting event took place. Once the event began, we noticed people slowly drifting through the rice fields. They came in cautiously, in small groups. Until … Read More

Publication Release!

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  June 12, 2017            Written by Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership Congratulations Tim on Publication! Tim's paper titled "Comparing the use of live trees and deadwood for larval foraging by aye ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) at Kianjavato and Torotorofotsy, Madagascar" was published in the Journal of Primatology. He is a graduate student at The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology and has been collaborating with Dr. Edward Louis Jr.  and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership with his … Read More

Welcome Caroline!

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  June 5, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Caroline Introducing our newest Volunteer, Caroline! Hello! My name is Caroline Wilford and I just graduated with a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Iowa. After my summer with MBP, I am planning on continuing my education at Austin Peay State University with a Master’s Degree in Biology. Of the courses I took at Iowa, some of my favorites were immersion based … Read More

Welcome Emma!

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  May 28, 2017            Introduction Blog written by Emma Introducing our newest Volunteer, Emma I am a recent graduate from California State University, Los Angeles and received my degree in Anthropology with a minor in biology. I am obsessed with primates and do lots of work with captive primates. I studied ringtail lemurs at the Los Angeles Zoo and completed a project on their agonism. I am also a research volunteer … Read More

Welcome Amy!

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  May 24, 2017            Introduction Blog Written by Amy Introducing our newest volunteer, Amy! Hello! My name is Amy; I am a 26 year old Pennsylvania native, who has been working in the zoo field for the past four years! I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. While attending school, I studied abroad for a semester in Barcelona Spain, where I was able … Read More

VOLUNTEER IN THE FIELD

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  May 22, 2017            Introduction Blog written by Carolina Introducing our newest volunteer, Carolina! My name is Carolina and I am originally from Brazil. I hold a degree in Ecology from São Paulo State University (Brazil). I have worked for 4 years on projects in my country that involved conservation initiatives such as forest restauration and flora and fauna surveys. I have been focusing on improving my conservation knowledge aiming to positively … Read More

Welcome Chiara!

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  May 22, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Chiara Introducing our newest Volunteer, Chiara! "Hello, my name is Chiara. I am 21 years old from Rome, Italy. I graduated last year in London with a BSc in Zoology, during which I also studied in the field the habitats and wildlife of the coastal environments of Scotland, the mountains, and rivers of Croatia and the savannah of South Africa. In October I … Read More

Conservation, Efficiency, and Ten Barefoot Men

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  May 14, 2017            Written by Kyle, from Blank Park Zoo Today I got to watch a unique building process, the construction of a roof made entirely from ravenala leaves.  At 8:00 in the morning ten local barefoot men came to the Kianjavato field station to install the roof on the new Vontsira tent site.  As I sat there watching the men begin work, I was amazed at the efficiency of … Read More

Welcome Arielle!

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  April 24, 2017             Introduction Blog written by Airelle Introducing our newest volunteer, Arielle! Hi everyone! I’m Arielle & I currently live in Anchorage, Alaska. I was born and raised in the beautiful Last Frontier, moved to California for several years, and am currently back in Alaska studying for my bachelor of science in biology. Being raised in Alaska means I was frequently exposed to all kinds of wildlife. We often … Read More

Let’s Welcome Steven!

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We’re excited to introduce our newest volunteer to the field, Steven! His time in Madagascar will be spent with the prolemur simus team, monitoring their activities and behaviors. Steven will be starting Veterinary Medical School in the fall and decided to gain some more field experience before hand. Learn more about him in his Intro Blog below!                                     … Read More

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