My field research program is based in Madagascar, and is currently
concentrated primarily throughout Madagascar's southeastern rainforest corridor.
RANOMAFANA RUFFED LEMUR PROJECT (RRLP)
My primary research is conducted under the auspices of the Ranomafana Ruffed Lemur Project (RRLP), first established in 2005. This project has monitored ruffed lemur demography, life history, and behavior for nearly 20 years. The project is situated in Mangevo research site, which comprises a bush camp surrounded by a > 3km trail system situated within low-to-mid altitude primary forest in Ranomafana National Park. Mangevo is located ~20 - 25 km from the village of Morafeno, a 17 km drive from the ValBio Research Station and the main entrance to RNP.
Our research team includes eight research technicians - some who have been with the project since 2005 - two cooks, and several volunteer field assistants. Technicians are trained in behavioral sampling, botanical sampling and phenological monitoring, biological sample collection and processing, GPS, and radio-telemetry. We are currently monitoring the health, population genetics, behavior, and reproductive physiology of two ruffed lemur communities. Our long-time collaborator, Dr. Randy Junge (Columbus Zoo) facilitates annual capture expeditions to re-collar study subjects and monitor their longitudinal biomedical health. We also collaborate with wildlife disease expert and Mahaliana co-founder, Dr. Fidisoa Rasambainarivo.
- Team 1: Behavior
- Team 1: GPS/
Dr. Randy Junge, MS/DVM
Vice President for Animal Health, Columbus Zoo
Dr. Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, PhD/DVM
- Collaborator, Eastern Carolina University & Mahaliana
- Team 2: Behavior
Faustin Jean Guy
- Project Manager
Aimé Victor ("Tombo")
- Team 2: GPS/
- PhD Student,
University of Antananarivo
Research conducted at Mangevo is facilitated by Centre ValBio Research Station.