SFWS Assistant Professor of Disease Ecology, Sarah Zohdy, recently led a student team to investigate research sites in the rain forests of Madagascar for the team’s research project, “Can Conservation Improve Human Health? Vector Ecology and Transmission Dynamics in Humans and Wildlife in Andasibe, Madagascar, using Association Mitsinjo as a model.” Association Mitsinjo is a community driven conservation effort in the rain forests of Madagascar with missions dedicated to wildlife conservation, education, and reforestation (https://associationmitsinjo.wordpress.com/).
Through a One Health approach (the concept that human health, environmental health, and animal health are intrinsically linked), the team aims to evaluate strategies to improve ecosystem health in poverty stricken Madagascar, where endemic wildlife, such as Madagascar’s lemurs, are threatened due to habitat loss, and human health and economic stability is simultaneously compromised due to the vector-borne disease impacts of deforestation – a reality for those living in poverty and relying on subsistence agriculture for survival.
In addition to their field work, SFWS Wildlife undergraduate student, Jordan Broadhead, AU Veterinary student and Merial Scholar, Victoria Crabtree, and Emory University undergraduate volunteer, Gabe Andrle, participated in several education, conservation, and health outreach programs within local communities over the course of the summer. The team also included, Malagasy graduate student Njaratiana Raharinoro, and several other Malagasy field technicians and conservation biologists.
We invite you to share this amazing experience with them through their own words, photography and videos. Visit:
Victoria’s travel blog at https://lemursweb.wordpress.com/2016/05/
Gabe’s YouTube videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcveYq1gJgWF19o4Ty1yvJg
Learn more about Dr. Zohdy’s research at https://wp.auburn.edu/zohdylab/