After a long hiatus from field work (nearly three years!) I will be returning in nine days! This time I'm off on a new adventure, to the island of Madagascar! I will be traveling around the island with my postdoc advisor Dr. Ed Louis to several of the permanent sites managed by the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, the NGO the Henry Doorly Zoo's Center for Conservation Genetics operates. I'm excited for many things, experiencing an African country for the first time, meeting the locals, and of course searching for quintessential wildlife- the lemurs! I'm going to be assisting with some amazing projects, including lemur monitoring, aquaponics, reforestation, and education for the locals. We are also hoping to expand ecotourism in some of the permanent field sites. Lets be serious, doesn't everyone want to see lemurs in the wild? Wish me luck! For more information on Madagascar and the MBP, click the link below!
Missy is a geneticist, and field biologist who enjoys both observing mammals in their natural environment and combining that with DNA detective work.