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Global Health and Conservation Biology in Northeastern Madagascar

Wildlife in Northern Madagascar

Project Overview

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on Earth.  It is also a biodiversity hotspot that is characterized by unique and biologically important organisms that are under intense threat by human activities.  We are developing a portfolio of global health projects in rural Madagascar that integrate human health and conservation goals in an explicit research context. We are launching this program in the SAVA region in Northeastern Madagascar, an area that includes Marojejy National Park and adjoining protected areas, some of which have experienced significant human encroachment and habitat loss in the past decade.  The research activities dovetail with Professor Charles Nunn's research on wildlife diseases, which involves vector-borne diseases of birds and mammals and zoonotic diseases in wild rodents. The effort also builds on a conservation initiative launched by the Duke Lemur Center (SAVA Conservation).  For global health projects, we are focusing on:  human land use and zoonotic disease; traditional cooking practices, human health and deforestation; and environmental influences on non-communicable diseases.


Department & School

Evolutionary Anthropology
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences


Project Collaborators

  • Duke Lemur Center

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