Monday, July 28, 2008

And now introducing.....Herman

Just in case you were getting bored with me, there’s a new character to introduce into this story—I’ve been joined recently by my Malagasy counterpart, a master’s student in the Department of Primatology and Biological Anthropology at the University of Tana, Herman Andry Rafalinirina. The Malagasy Ministry of Water and Forests and the park management agency, ANGAP, have devised a system whereby all foreign researchers are assigned to sponsor and mentor a Malagasy student from a relevant department at the university. For the duration of the research project and on into the future, I will be working with Herman to develop his master’s project, analyze his data and help him with revisions on his thesis. (Hey, wait a second, did I just get signed up to work on a second dissertation?!) It’s a system that aims to train a huge number of young Malagasy environmental professionals, who learn methodology and project management from their mentors (you mean me??) Obviously you can tell that this is all new to me—we’re figuring it out as we go along. So far things have been going well. After several discussions, Herman will be working on a project separate but complementary to mine. He’ll be comparing water content and characteristics of fecal specimens from Microcebus species on both the west and east coasts. More fecal!


Weisrock said...

This is a great opportunity for you Meredith. And for Herman. Keep on spreading that fecal knowledge.

Jenny Kendler said...

Hi Meredith,

Myself and fellow artist Molly Schafer are working on a project called The Endangered Species Print Project. Here's a mini summary of our project:
The Endangered Species Print Project offers limited edition prints of critically endangered species.

The number of prints available corresponds with the remaining animal or plant populations.

For example, only 30 Amur Leopards remain in the wild, so for this edition, only 30 prints will ever be made.

All proceeds from ESPP are donated to conservation organizations.

A different organization, whose mission is to the ensure the survival of the specie depicted, is chosen for each print.
In any case, the reason that I'm contacting you is that one of the first prints we want to launch the project with is the Indri lemur. I have had a hard time finding an organization working on conservation of this amazing animal and was wondering if you could perhaps point us in the right direction. looks like a great organization, but they don't seem to be working on the Indri (though I could be wrong, as I know they do live in the Betampona reserve.)

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer and keep up the great work!

You can find my contact email address on my website or respond here, as I'll check back.

-Jenny Kendler

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