Staff

Professor Patricia Wright, Executive Director


CENTRE VALBIO STAFF

  • Eileen Larney - Chief Technical Advisor (CVB Head of Operations), Research Coordinator
    Eileen was born in New York, USA. She studied Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo and began working with ICTE in 1997 as a student on the Stony Brook Madagascar Study Abroad Program. After the study abroad, she continued field research as an assistant on several projects in Madagascar as well as Costa Rica, Thailand and Zambia. She conducted her Masters and Ph.D. thesis through IDPAS at Stony Brook University exploring female social interactions, infant development and genetics of Phayre’s leaf monkeys in Thailand. She began working again with ICTE as a Teaching assistant in 2008 and then returned to Madagascar in August 2008 to establish a conservation project for Prolemur simus in Ivato, southeastern Madagascar as well as be the Resident Coordinator of the Stony Brook Madagascar Fall Study Abroad Program. She moved to Ranomafana in 2009 as CVB’s Chief Technical Advisor, continues to run the Ivato Project and also acts as CVB’s Interim Research Coordinator as of 2010. Eileen’s specializes in: Primate Behavior and Demography, Population Genetics, Biodiversity, Ecology, Endemic Reforestation, Conservation, Sustainable Development, Administration and Finance.
     
  • Dr. Jean Claude Razafimahaimodison – Ranomafana TEAM Site Manager
    Jean Claude was born in Faratsiho, outside of Ansirabe, Madagascar. He started his studies in ornithology at the University of Antananarivo (and as student at the ICTE research cabin from 1992) and received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA in 2004 on the influence of tourism on the pitta-like ground roller in Ranomafana National Park. Jean Claude has experience as a student researcher and research assistant, laboratory assistant (AMNH and Department of Anthropology, UMASS, Amherst) and as a Biodiversity conservation fellow (AMNH). In 2005, Jean Claude joined Centre ValBio as the Research Coordinator, where is led ornithological teams exploring Ranomafana’s bird life histories. In 2010, Jean Claude transferred as CVB’s Site Manager for the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Ranomafana Project in a partnership with the CI’s global monitoring network exploring long-term changes in vegetation and terrestrial vertebrates in relation to climate change.  Jean Claude’s specialties are in: Ornithology, Ecology, Behavioral studies, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity, Biology and Administration.
     
  • Pascal Rabeson – Coordinator of Monitoring and Partnerships Department
    Pascal was born in Toamasina, Madagascar and began studies in tropical ecology at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar as well as in Russia and the USA. He holds a dual masters: (2001) Master of Science (Ecology), Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA and (1991) Master of Science (Ichthyology and Fish Farming), Technical Fisheries Institute, Astrakhan, Russia. From 1994-1995, Pascal worked on Malagasy ant curation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA. He rejoined ICTE in 1995 as the Technical Advisor in Ecological Monitoring in Ranomafana through 1997 as well as the RNP research cabin manager. From 2001-2003 he was a Field Manager of the Arthropod Project in Madagascar affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2003, he joined CVB as the Regional Coordinator of “Drug Discovery and Biodiversity Conservation in Madagascar” project in Ranomafana funded by NIH/ICBG based at CVB, Ranomafana. As of 2006 he began as Coordinator of Monitoring and Partnerships Department at Centre ValBio and is a member of CVB’s Senior Management Team (SMT). Pascal’s specializes in: Entomology, Ecology, Conservation, Participatory Ecological Monitoring, Project Management, Ichthyology and Fish Farming, Administration and Finance.
     
  • Désiré Randrianarisata – Coordinator of Logistics and Audio-Visual Department
    Dede was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar. After his studies, Dede received additional training as a driver and began working with ICTE in 1995 as a driver for the RNPP. He gained extensive experience as an expedition assistant in biodiversity research, quickly mastering logistical and technical expedition coordination and technology (photography and computers). As Centre ValBio was inaugurated in 2003, Dede moved permanently to Ranomafana as the coordinator of CVB’s Logistics and Audio-Visual Department to be closer to the rainforest and is also as a member of CVB’s Senior Management Team.  He has received training in Photography and Videography in both the USA and Madagascar and helps coordinate programs throughout Madagascar, such as annual cross-country trips for study abroad programs.  In addition to running the logistics at Centre ValBio, he produces VaoVao ValBio, posters and videos concerning environment and biodiversity. Dede’s specializes in: Logistics, Mechanics, Electronics, Technology, Photography, Videography, Informatics, Material Management & Inventory, Production of brochures and posters as well as Administration.
     
  • Florent Ravoavy – Coordinator of Conservation Education & Outreach DepartmentFlorent was born in Ambinanimahamasina, Madagascar. Florent’s academic studies started in paleontology at the University of Antananarivo. Florent gained extensive teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anthropology and Paleontology, Faculty of Science, University of Antananarivo (1985-1988), teacher at the Private College of Ankadindramamy, Antananarivo (1989-1990), and as a teacher at the Chrétien College of Manjakaray, Antananarivo (1990-1993). In June 1993, Florent joined ICTE as the Research Station Cabin Manager at Ranomafana National Park (June 1993-1994). From July-October 1994, Florent began a consultancy at the Ranomafana National Park Museum and then acted as the Ranomafana National Park Museum Director, Head of the Interpretation Center, and Field Coordinator of the ICTE Linkage Grant Program (UDLP) from 1994-1997. From 1997-2000, Florent transferred to the national park system as the Head of the Environmental Education Department at MNP/RNP and then as the Head of the Ecotourism and Environmental Education Department at MNP/RNP (2000-2004). In August 2004, Florent rejoined Centre ValBio as the Coordinator of the Education and Outreach Department and is also a member of CVB’s Senior Management Team. Florent’s specializes in: Paleontology, History, Biodiversity, Environmental education, Interpretation of nature & culture, Health and Hygiene, Endemic reforestation, Fruit trees and fish farming, Sustainable Agriculture and Administration.

 

There are 56 additional permanent staff from research technicians and field guides to kitchen and facilities staff, all of whom are local Malagasy. During the high season additional temporary staff lend to a total of over 85 contracted employees. During the next five years with the inauguration of Namanabe Hall, permanent staff is expected to increase to 78:

FULL NAME

NAME

SPECIALTY

With ICTE-CVB since

Administration

 

 

 

Andriambinintsoa Prisca Oliva

Prisca

Administrative Assistant; Head of Kitchen

2005

 

 

 

 

Accounting

 

 

 

Randrianarijaona Adafi

Adafi

Accountant

2004

Rasoarimamonjy Jeanne Julia

Julia

Financial Assistant

2007

 

 

 

 

Logistics

 

 

 

Ramanantsoa Jean de Dieu

Jean de Dieu

Logistics Assistant; Database, Climate & Laboratory Supervisor

2002

Rakotonjanahary Feliniaina Harilanto

Feli

Head Security Guard

2006

Andriamamonjy Julien Anselme

Anselme

Driver

2004

Randrianandrasana Martial Zackarie

Ndrasana

Driver

2004

Raherisoa Romule Olga Nina

Nina

Housekeeping

2003

Rafidimalala Lanjaniaina Onenantsoa

Lanja

Security

2007

Mahavisoa Rolland

Rolland

Security

2008

Rafanomezantsoa François Xavier

Fano

Security

2003

Rakoto Marcel

Rakoto

Security

2004

Rafidiarison Jean Richard Théo Adolphe

Dolphe

Maintenance

2004

 

 

 

 

Kitchen

 

 

 

Ramorasata Solo Arinaivo Robert

Solo

Head Chef

2006

Ravaonirina Marie Angèle

Madame Angele

Assistant Chef

2003

Ravaonirina Mariette dite Mena

Mariette

Cook

2004

Rasoarimalala Albertine dite Bery

Bery

Cook

2003

Ramanantsoa Edvin

Lemanana

Staff Cook

2004

 

 

 

 

Conservation Education & Outreach

 

 

 

Rasolondraibe Amelie Marcelle

Amelie

Health Socio-organizer

2007

Ramarjaona Mamisoa Perle

Mamisoa

Conservation Education

2003

Randriarimanana Jean Némèse Marie

Nemese

Reforestation Education

1998

Heritiana Anne Louisette

Heri

Health Soci-animatrice

2007

Rafanomezantsoa François José

Jose

Registered Nurse

2011

Ramarjaona Andriamiarinjato Richard

Richard

Education Assistant

2006

Razo Hanitra Elisoa

Elisoa

Education Assistant

2011

Talata Jean Lucien

Lucien

Endemic Sapling Propogration

2001

Raharison Jean Joseph Alfred

Fred

Endemic Sapling Pepinierist

2001

Randrianasolo Raymond

Raymond

Endemic Sapling Pepinierist

1997

Rakoto Pierre

Rakoto Pierre

Agricultural Development

2006

 

 

 

 

Research

 

 

 

Rakotonirina Paul

Paul

Head of Research Technicians (botany)

1991

Rasabo Paul

Rasabo Paul

Botany (consultant)

1991

Solo Justin

Justin

General (amphibians)

1991

Telo Albert

Albert

General (amphibians)

1990

Randrianantenaina Donné Lucien

Donne

General (mammals)

1991

Ratsimbazafy Raymond

Raymond

Primatology

1992

Rakotovao Rémi

Remi

Primatology

1994

Ratalata François

Francois

General (insects)

1995

Randrianasolo Laurent

Raleso

General (primatology)

1999

Rabaovola Bernadette

Menja

General (primatology)

1999

Razafitsiafajato Armand

Armand

Botany

2000

Razafindraibe Dominique

Dominique

General (botany/amphibians)

2000

Randrianirina  Georges René

Georges Renee

General (primatology)

2001

Razafindraibe Faustin Jean Guy

Jean Guy

General (botany)

2001

Razafindrakoto Georges

Georges

General (mammals)

2001

Pela Auguste

Auguste

Botany

2002

Andrianoely Dina Herilala

Dina

General (mammals)

2003

Ndriatahina Aimé Noël

Tina

General (mammals)

2003

Rakotonjatovo Justin

Tovo

General (primatology)

2006

Tombotiana Aimé Victor

Victor

General (primatology)

2006

Rakotonirina Jean Claude

Jean Claude kely

General (ornithology)

2006

Beson Haharo Ityrié Nerée

Neree

General (primatology)

2007

Rasendry Nirina Victor

Victor

General (primatology)

2007

Nirinasoa Hanitriniala Léontine

Leontine

Primatology

2008

Rakotonirina Andriamanantena T. Emile

Nirina

General (mammals)

2008

Lahitsara Jean Pierre

Pierre

Primatology

2008

Velonabison Mamitiana Jean José

Mamitiana

General (mammals)

2008 

 

US STAFF

  • Dr. Patricia C. Wright, ICTE Executive Director
  • Patricia Paladines, ICTE Program Officer
  • Dr. Mireya Mayor, Director of Missions Programs and Public Relations
  • Jim Herrnstein, Chair of the CVB Advisory Board (volunteer)

 

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