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Our Team

Our team is dedicated to raising awareness for lemur conservation.

Lucía Rodríguez Valverde

Director

Lucía Rodriguez 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. She is truly motivated to use her passion for lemur education to encourage more awareness and action among the general public, and in the conservation education field. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in Conservation Leadership at Cambridge University.

Seheno Corduant-Andriantsaralaza, PhD

Madagascar Manager

Seheno is a biologist who 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 worked as a scientific coordinator at the NGO Reniala- Lemur Rescue Center . This work drove Seheno to become a lemur advocate and passionate about lemur conservation. Seheno also works for the NGO Lemur Love.

lynne-venart-bioLynne Venart

Digital Communications Manager, Co-Founder

Lynne initiated the idea for the Lemur Conservation Network, and built the website, provided PR, design, and social media help to get the network up and running. In addition to her work for LCN, Lynne is the Senior User Experience Designer and Strategist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She has provided design and communications consulting for non-profits and publishers for 20 years. She holds a Masters degree in Arts Management and is currently studying for a second Masters in Conservation Biology at Miami University’s Project Dragonfly program.

Science Communication Team

Learn more about our science communication and education volunteers.

English Social Media and Website Leads

  • Jessica Deville (Website)
  • Kristina Graves (Social)
  • Laura Howard (Social)

Malagasy Social Media and Website

  • Ranaivoson Diamondra

French Social Media and Website

  • Sonia Antoine

English Social Media, Website, and Educational Content

  • Coral Chell
  • Katie Hallsten
  • Maddie Henning
  • Brittany Novick
  • Natalie Park
  • Amber Wyard

2020 World Lemur Festival Team

Learn more about our World Lemur Festival volunteers.

  • Bryan Vasquez, World Lemur Festival Lead and Northwest US Coordinator
  • Narovana Erika Radavidrason, Madagascar Coordinator
  • Helen Morris, UK Coordinator
  • Christina Burt, Midwest US Coordinator
  • Allie Dudash, Southwest US Coordinator
  • Nicole Troy, Northeast US Coordinator
  • Catherine Wysoczanski, Southeast US Coordinator
  • Elise Zienkowski, Northeast US Coordinator

Project Advisors

Kim Reuter, PhD

Kim co-founded the Lemur Conservation Network by reaching out to hundreds of researchers and conservation organizations, and crafting their content for our website and social media channels. Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Scholars, a social enterprise working on peer mentoring programs in British schools. She also does consulting work for the World Bank and Global Wildlife Conservation. She previously worked as the Senior Technical Director of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa. Kim volunteers for the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, is a Board Member for Lemur Love, and a Committee Member of the Anglo-Malagasy Society.

christoph-bioChristoph Schwitzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Christoph Schwitzer has been Director of Conservation at the Bristol Zoological Society since 2014. 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 focuses 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 Veterinary Medicine 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 lemur conservation projects in collaboration with the local communities for over 20 years. He is a co-Vice-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Specialist Group-Madagascar.

Former Staff and Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has helped grow the Lemur Conservation Network over the years.

  • Corey Romberg, Director
  • Fabiola Holiniaina Kjeldgaard, Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Alice Scott, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Phil Reeks, Blogger
  • Cecily Marroquin, Blogger
  • Carmen Liberatore, Blogger
  • Jen Miller, Social Media