Researchers

Researchers

Scientists who have conducted research at the Ankoatsifaka Research Station:

Rebecca Lewis

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Rebecca Lewis

Dr. Lewis is Director of the Ankoatsifaka Research Station, Director of the Sifaka Research Project and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently studying

(1) the behavioral ecology of Verreaux’s sifaka, with a specific focus on social relationships, feeding ecology, demography, reproductive strategies, and dispersal patterns;

(2) the conservation genetics of the nocturnal lemur community in the Kirindy Mitea National Park in collaboration with Dr. Eddie Louis of the Omaha Zoo and Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership and Elvis Rakotomalala of the University of Antananarivo; and

(3) the effects of cyclones and fires on the ecology of tropical dry forests in collaboration with Anne Axel of Marshall University.

 

Anne Axel

Anne Axel

Anne Axel

Dr. Axel is Assistant Professor of Biology at Marshall University. She is currently studying fire ecology and soundscapes in Kirindy Mitea National Park. She is expanding upon her landscape ecology research in and around Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Bannar-Martin

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Katherine Bannar-Martin

Dr. Bannar-Martin is a post-doctoral researcher examining community ecology at the University of Texas at Austin and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. She conducted exploratory research on the lemur community ecology of Kirindy Mitea.

 

 

 

Meredith Barrett

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Meredith Barrett

Dr. Barrett studied mouse lemur health as part of her larger project on lemur health and conservation.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Blanchard

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Mary Blanchard

Dr. Blanchard is a lecturer in Biosciences at the University of Birmingham. She studies the locomotor behavior and ecology of lemurs and fosa, including in Kirindy Mitea.

 

 

 

 

 

Damien Caillaud

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Damien Caillaud

 

Dr. Caillaud is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Davis. He is interested in the evolution of large mammal societies and the epidemiology of infectious diseases in social mammals. His research at Kirindy Mitea examined social networks of Verreaux’s sifaka.

 

 

 

Santiago Cassalett

Santiago Cassalett

Mr. Cassalett is a PhD student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is currently studying the nutritional ecology of three lemur species in Kirindy Mitea National Park and Ranomafana National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Furnell

Simon Furnell

Simon Furnell

Mr. Furnell, a PhD student at the University of Manchester, studied the locomotor ecology of several species of lemurs.

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Louis

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Edward Louis, Jr.

Dr. Louis is director of the Conservation Genetics Department at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and founder of the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. He and MBP periodically work with the Sifaka Research Project and are studying the nocturnal lemur community in Kirindy Mitea.

 

 

 

 

Elvis Rakotomalala

Elvis Rakotomalala

Elvis Rakotomalala

Mr. Rakotomalala is a Ph.D. student at the University of Antananarivo studying the nocturnal lemur community of Kirindy Mitea National Park and the biogeography of southern Menabe.

 

 

 

 

 

Felana Rakotondranaivo

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Felana Rakotondranaivo

Ms. Rakotondranaivo is a student at the University of Antananarivo. She conducted her D.E.A. research on scent marking in Verreaux’s sifaka.

 

 

 

 

Fidy Rasambainarivo

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Fidy Rasambainarivo

Dr. Rasambainarivo, DVM., PhD., is a wildlife veterinarian. He is interested in the ecological approaches of health and particularly the “One Health” concept and “Conservation Medicine” to study the multiple interactions between human, domestic animal and wildlife health in Madagascar. He is involved with the Sifaka Research Project as a veterinarian, darter, and in the investigation of Verreaux’s sifaka health.

 

 

 

Domenic Romanello

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Mr. Romanello is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is at the intersection between primate ecology, fire ecology, and cyclone ecology.

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Perofsky

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Amanda Perofsky

Dr. Perofsky completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her research uses a combination of behavioral field observations, molecular techniques, and epidemiological math modeling to characterize the temporal and hierarchical contact patterns exhibited by Verreaux’s sifaka and their impacts on intestinal bacteria transmission.

 

 

 

 

Stacey Tecot

Stacey Tecot

Dr. Stacey Tecot is an Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates at the University of Arizona. She studies the evolutionary endocrinology and conservation biology of primates, with a special focus on red-bellied lemurs in Ranomafana National Park. She is collaborating with Dr. Rebecca Lewis on a study of Propithecus verreauxi in Kirindy Mitea NP. This project investigates male bonding, female agency, and reproductive strategies, and their impacts on models of socioecology.

 

 

Carrie Veilleux

Carrie Veilleux

Carrie Veilleux

Dr. Veilleux is a postdoctoral research affiliate at the University of Texas at Austin interested in primate and human sensory ecology. Her research at Kirindy Mitea examined light environments and visual ecology of lemurs. She is currently studying color vision and feeding ecology in Verreaux’s sifaka.