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We are all dedicated to raising awareness for lemur conservation.

Lucía Rodríguez Valverde

Director

As the Director of the Lemur Conservation Network, Lucía Rodriguez will continue  positioning  the LCN brand and will promote lemur conservation nationally and to the international audience through design, education, training, sharing information and communications. She is responsible for the overall communications and in particular operates the website, creates social media messaging on Facebook, and creates educational materials and learning activities for the LCN website, to be used in zoos, like-minded organizations, schools classrooms and public in general. Lucía curates information for the site and liaises with organizations and individuals interested in participating in the program. She also writes blog articles on local and worldwide lemur conservation education efforts for LCN website and social media.

Lucía is a Costa Rican conservationist specialized on psychology passionate about nature conservation and social development and human wellbeing. She has experience working in several different conservation and social initiatives in Costa Rica as well with projects for lemur conservation in Madagascar and working for the past year as a volunteer at the Lemur Conservation Network. She is truly motivated and ready to use her passion for lemur education to encourage more awareness and action among the general public, and in the conservation education field.

Seheno Corduant-Andriantsaralaza, PhD

Madagascar Coordinator

As the Lemur Conservation Network’s Madagascar Coordinator, Seheno is in charge on building and writing content about lemurs and conservation for the Malagasy community.

Seheno is a biologist who uses her skills to contribute Malagasy biodiversity conservation through awareness, education and conservation initiatives. She earned her PhD from the University of Antananarivo in joint collaboration with the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization. Her doctoral research focused on seed dispersal of Malagasy baobab trees. Previously, Seheno’s worked as a scientific coordinator at the NGO Reniala- Lemur Rescue Center . This work drove Seheno to become an advocate lemur and passionate about lemur conservation. Currently, she works closely with NGO Lemur Love on the illegal pet lemur trade.

lynne-venart-bioLynne Venart

Co-Founder and Web Specialist

As Co-Founder, Lynne initiated the idea for the Lemur Conservation Network, and formed a team to bring it to fruition. She built the website from the ground up, and provided PR, design, and social media help to get LCN up and running. Lynne continues to contribute to LCN through writing blog posts and providing website support.

By day, Lynne is the Senior User Experience Designer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and has provided design and communications consulting for non-profits, publishers, and small businesses in the D.C. area for over 15 years.

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fabiolaFabiola Holiniaina Kjeldgaard

Community Outreach Coordinator

As the LCN’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Fabiola helped build the Malagasy website for the Lemur Conservation Network with Jonah Ratsimbazafy by guiding the Malagasy website direction, writing content, and recruiting bloggers and volunteers. Now, Fabiola helps Seheno write additional content about lemurs and conservation for the Malagasy community.

A native of Madagascar, Fabiola now lives and works in New York City, holding a Masters in Legal Studies from the University of Antananarivo and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University in the USA. She works as a Reporting Officer for the Democratic Republic of Congo with the NGO PACT.

Fabiola grew up in the tourism industry in Madagascar, starting out by leading tour groups on boat trips along the Canal des Pangalanes. She became a Certified National Tour Guide, accompanied small and large groups to every corner of the island, and launched her own travel agency. Fabiola loves building global appreciation for Madagascar’s endemic environment, and is passionate about development work that partners with NGOs to bring health professionals to rural areas and connect orphaned children to education sponsors.

Project Advisors

Kim Reuter, PhD

Kim is one of the co-founders of the Lemur Conservation Network and now acts as a Project Advisor. To build the network, she reached out to hundreds of researchers and conservation organizations, and crafted their content for our website and social media channels.

Kim currently works as a Principal Consultant for The Biodiversity Consultancy Ltd. She previously worked as the Senior Technical Director of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa and has served as a consultant on international development and data analysis projects. She is a hybrid biologist and international development professional, who has used her skills to make a measurable impact on communities through healthcare, education, and conservation initiatives.

She also serves as a consultant on international development and data analysis projects, and is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. Kim’s worked as Executive Director of The Ladybug Project (2010 – 2013) impacted communities in Madagascar and Equatorial Guinea. In addition, her ongoing work through her National Science Foundation funded PhD research focuses on conservation in Madagascar and how biodiversity issues intersect with food security and socioeconomic drivers of natural resource use. She also studies the in-country ownership of pet lemurs (through her Citizen Science: Pet Lemurs in Madagascar project) and aspects of the mammalian bushmeat trade.

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christoph-bioChristoph Schwitzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Christoph Schwitzer has been Director of Conservation at the Bristol Zoological Society since May 2014. Prior to this he was BZS’ Head of Research for seven years. Before coming to Bristol, Christoph worked as part of the primatological research group at Cologne Zoo, Germany, and spent two years in Madagascar building a field station and heading a lemur research and conservation programme for a French NGO. Christoph gained his PhD in Zoology from the University of Cologne in 2003 and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England since 2013.

He is the Vice Chair for Madagascar, and Red List Authority Coordinator, of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. He is also Vice President for Captive Care and Breeding of the International Primatological Society, and Executive Secretary of the Association Européenne pour l’Etude et la Conservation des Lémuriens, a consortium of European zoos dedicated to lemur conservation. Christoph’s recent research has focused on how different critically endangered primates are coping with habitat degradation and fragmentation with regard to their behaviour patterns, food intake, population density, and parasite burden.

Steig Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Steig Johnson is a biological anthropologist interested in population biology, community ecology, and conservation of nonhuman primates. He’s spent the past 20 years studying lemurs in southeastern Madagascar, from the ecology of a lemur hybrid zone in the Andringitra mountains to the abundance and genetic structure of lemurs in fragmented lowland forests.

Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy is a native of Madagascar who received his PhD in Physical Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is currently the Secretary General of a Malagasy Primate Group (GERP), an Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Sciences and the Department of Medicine veterinary at the University of Antananarivo, and the group leader of CITES for lemurs within the General Direction of Forests in Madagascar.

He has studied lemurs and conducted conservation lemur projects in collaboration with the local communities for over 20 years. His research interests include primate behavior and ecology. He co-authored the 2nd and 3rd edition of the Field Guide Series: Lemurs of Madagascar as well as the French version of the same document. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Vice-President of the International Primatological Society for Conservation. From 2002 to 2013, he was the Training and Conservation Coordinator of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Madagascar Programme. Currently, he is a co-Vice-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Specialist Group-Madagascar.