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uoft_logoAbout Tropical Research in Edge Effects (TREE)

The longitudinal research objective that my students and I pursue is to integrate evolutionary ecology and conservation biogeography to model primate responses to anthropogenic disturbances. The specific aim of our research program is to determine how forest loss, forest fragmentation, and forest edges influence the lemur ecology in Madagascar.

Most of our research is in the tropical dry forests in and around Ankarafantsika National Park in north-west Madagascar, where we study:

  • Propithecus coquereli,
  • Microcebus murinus,
  • Microcebus ravelobensis,
  • Eulemur fulvus fulvus, and
  • Eulemur mongoz.
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Bristol Zoological Society


The Bristol Zoological Society is focused on research that advances our knowledge of the behaviour and ecology of threatened lemurs in the Sahamalaza region of Madagascar.

Ultimately, our aim is to use this knowledge to inform conservation management plans and species assessments for species such as the:

  • blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons),
  • Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis),
  • Sambirano mouse lemur (Microcebus sambiranensis), and
  • black lemurs (Eulemur macaco).

Our work includes engagement and collaboration with local NGOs, conservationists and stakeholders such as communities surrounding the remaining forest fragments in this region. In addition to research, we also support local conservation education programmes through community education initiatives, teacher training and salary support.

Affiliations: University of Bristol, University of the West of England


Twitter: @BristolZooGdns


Address: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS8 3HA

Phone: +44(0) 117 974 7311


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