World Lemur Week Celebrations

Come join us in room 1223 in the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building tomorrow at 3:30pm to learn more about lemur conservation.

On Nov 6th from 7-9pm we will also have Lemur Trivia night at Niffer’s Place! 

If you can’t make it to trivia, try to grab a meal there, because they will donate 10% from purchases all day to lemur conservation through the Mad Dog Initiative!

Conservation Art

PhD student, Kayleigh Chalkowski is studying the impacts of invasive species on wildlife and human health using Toxoplasma gondii and feral cats in Hawaii as a study system. She  is also an incredible artist. Check out her work here.

Lemurs and their itchy behavior

Check out our newest paper out in the October issue of Animal Behaviour on the role of lemur personalities on parasitism! We explore how behaviour and hormones (like testosterone and stress hormone-cortisol) can drive the heterogeneity in parasitism that you see in wild populations. We also discuss the role that aggression may play in spreading parasites between conspecifics and hence the impacts that behavior may have not only on an individual lemur’s health, but on the entire population’s health.

We also introduce our mouse lemur personality assay in this paper. They really are as docile as they seem!

Veterinary Research

We are so proud of veterinary student Victoria Crabtree who recently won the Outstanding Student Research Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine for her project examining tenrec ticks in Madagascar!

 

ESA

Jordan presenting at the Ecological Society of America about his field work in collaboration with Association Mitsinjo in Madagascar on how community conservation can be used to improve well-being and human and animal health.