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Graduate Students

Prospective Students

Prospective MA and PhD students should contact me directly via email. Students admitted will be expected to conduct fieldwork in southeastern Madagascar, although some flexibility on sites is possible. Research areas include: behavioural ecology, population biology, and related topics. 

Our diversity is our strength! Our lab is fully committed to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and supports the NSERC Dimensions charter. We aim to value, support, and promote scholars from diverse backgrounds, including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities or racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities, as well as those from the global South. I strongly encourage applications from members of these groups and others committed to a research community where everyone can thrive.


Field Opportunities 

Interested in volunteering to help study critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemurs, greater bamboo lemurs, and forest restoration? Check for the latest opportunities here and here. For more information, visit the Madagascar Biodiversity Project

Current Students

Nicola Guthrie (PhD)
Lemur distribution across fragments and afforested areas at Kianjavatao-Vatovavy


Pamela Narváez (PhD)
Assessing lemur functional diversity through the use of arboreal and terrestrial camera-traps in disturbed forests and reforested areas in south east Madagascar

Hasinala Ramangason (PhD)

Landscape scale effects of frugivory on frugivore lemur communities in Southeastern Madagascar: from spatial and functional structure to gene flow

Zachary Jacobson (MA)

Using camera traps and satellite imagery to model lemur responses to human disturbances in the Kianjavato region

Melody Petersen (MA)

Investigating the impacts of forest fragmentation on the nutritional ecology of black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) in southeast Madagascar.


Recent Graduates

Devin Chen (MA'20)
Occupancy modeling of lemur communities using arboreal camera traps in the Kianjavato region of southeastern Madagascar.

Current position: PhD student, Mississippi State University. 

Li-Dunn Chen (MA'20)
The effects of androgens, food availability, and female choice on agonism in the black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia Variegata)

Current position: PhD student, Mississippi State University. 

Sheila Holmes (PhD'17)
Sharing space: Habitat use and spatial relationships of frugivorous lemurs in fragmented forests. 


Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Megan Aylward (PhD'17)
Investigating dispersal through molecular genomics: Sex-biased dispersal and phylogeography in aye-ayes
(Daubentonia madagascariensis) in Madagascar. 


Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Brianna Houston (MA'17)

Functional diversity and abundances of the lemur community at Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

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