Primary Researchers

Irwin   Raharison   Samonds
Dr. Mitchell Irwin   Jean-Luc Raharison   Dr. Karen Samonds
Mitch has studied lemur ecology in Madagascar since 1999 and has worked at Tsinjoarivo since 2000. He completed his PhD at Stony Brook University in 2006, a study of the effects of forest fragmentation on the diademed sifaka ("Sadabe"), and is currently a faculty member at Northern Illinois University, in the USA. <website>   Jean-Luc is a PhD student at the University of Antananarivo, Dept. of Animal Biology. He completed his DEA in 2002, a study of the Gentle Bamboo Lemur at Ranomafana, and has participated in research at Ankarafantsika, Kalambatritra and Midongy-Sud. He has studied lemurs and engaged in conservation and development projects at Tsinjoarivo since 2000.   Karen studies fossil and living vertebrates of Madagascar. She completed her PhD in 2006, focusing on Malagasy bats, and has participated in research activities at Tsinjoarivo since 2000, especially focusing on morphometric data collection and dental moulding. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland. <website>


Associated Researchers and Team Members

Blanco   Bransilver   Brian Gerber
Marina Blanco   Connie Bransilver   Brian Gerber
Marina is a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University specializing in the biology and reproductive ecology of cheirogaleids (especially mouse lemurs and dwarf lemurs). She has run a field project at Tsinjoarivo since 2006. <website>   Connie Bransilver is a world-renowned "conservation photographer". She has worked in several continents, focusing on Madagascar, Africa, Borneo and Florida. She participated in the discovery of the Tsinjoarivo sifaka beginning in 1999 (with Dr. Ken Glander) and has spearheaded publicity generation. <website>   Brian is a researcher studying ecology, movement and population dynamics of vertebrates. He led the first camera-trapping survey of carnivores at Tsinjoarivo in 2009, while a MSc student at Virginia Tech. <learn more>
Glander   Godfrey    
Dr. Ken Glander   Dr. Laurie Godfrey    
Ken Glander is a primatologist from Duke University whose research has focused on plant-animal interactions. He collaborates with SADABE scientists on lemur morphometrics and safe capture and collaring techniques. In addition to conducting research throughout Madagascar (including the first research into the Tsinjoarivo sifaka), Ken runs a long-term field project studying howler monkeys in Costa Rica. <website>   Laurie Godfrey is a biological anthropogologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst specializing in lemur anatomy, dental development and extinctions. She works with other SADABE scientists examining the morphometrics of lemurs and the ecology of local extinctions in forest fragments <website>    


Research Assistants

Razanadrakoto   Rakotoarimanana   Gilbert   Rakotofanala
Edmond Razanadrakoto   Harison Rakotoarimanana   Gilbert Ranaivoson   Lenala Rakotofanala
Propithecus behaviour, botany, dwarf and mouse lemur ecology, assistant development co-ordinator and community relations   Propithecus behaviour, ornithology, botany, phenology   Propithecus behavior, botany, phenology   Propithecus behaviour
Honore   Noel   Rado   Chantale
Honor√© Rakotondratsimba   Noel Rakotoniaina   Alfred Rahajasoa   Chantale Razanadrakoto
Propithecus behaviour, lemur census, botany   Propithecus behaviour, dwarf and mouse lemur ecology   Propithecus behaviour, lemur census, botany   Propithecus behaviour, lemur census, camp manager and logistical co-ordinator
Nirina   Toto   Rasolo   Jules
Nirina Razanadrakoto   Jean-Pierre Rakotorahalahy   Rasolo   Jules Rafalimanantsoa
Camp manager and logistical co-ordinator, Propithecus behaviour, dwarf and mouse lemur ecology   Propithecus behaviour, lemur census   Propithecus behaviour, lemur census   Propithecus behaviour, botany
Ernestine Razafindrasoa            
Camp manager and logistical co-ordinator