The Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments is dedicated to science based conservation and research in the tropics with a special focus on Madagascar. It was established and is directed by Dr Patricia Wright . ICTE coordinates the work of many natural and social scientists throughout Madagascar but has particular interest in the area around Ranomafana National Park where together with SBU it established the Centre ValBio, a modern research station which hosts hundreds of researchers, students and eco-tourists annually. The station is guided by an international consortium of universities and institutions that set direction for upholding Centre ValBio as a model for scientific research and training in a biologically rich tropical environment, as well as insures that community outreach including education, health and economic improvement remains a primary focus of the station. Dr. Wright is the consortium′s Chairman of the Board. Michael Docherty is Administrative Director at Centre ValBio, Dr. Benjamin Andriamihaja is ICTE′s Madagascar National Representative, and Jennifer Gilday is Staff Assistant at SBU. ICTE organizes Study Abroad Field Courses every winter, summer and fall semester.