Dr. Hantanirina Rasamimanana - profile
Dr. Rasamimanana with troop G3, Berenty Forest © A. Jolly
Hanta Rasamimanana has studied ringtailed lemur behavior at Berenty since 1983. She is a professor at the École Normale Supérieure, the teachers' training arm of the University of Antananarivo, with a PhD from the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Her research concerns nutrition, energetics, and male-female differences in ringtailed and other lemurs, working at times with Bruno Simmen. She has supervised over 20 ENS students through field research for their masters' degrees, and was recently the subject of a half-hour CNN profile, "Madagascar's Lemur Lady." She is Malagasy author and leader of the education component of the Ako Project of stories and posters with Alison Jolly. Her full CV can be downloaded here.
Education: Veterinary Academy of Moscow, Russia, M.S. Animal Husbandry (1981)
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, PhD. Eco-Anthropology (2004)
1981 - 1984 Researcher, National Center of Research of Antananarivo
1984 - 2004 Teacher assistant at Ecole Normale Superieure, University of Antananarivo
2004 - today Professor at Ecole Normale Superieure, University of Antananarivo-Madagascar
- Country Director, MSc Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation, Univs. Majunga and Comoros, with University of Turin, Italy
- Advisor, Primary school science curriculum reform, Ministry of Education
- Ako Project, primary school materials and teacher training on Malagasy lemurs
1992 - today Member of the International Primatological Society
1993 - today Council ofGERP (Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche en Primates)
1996-1998 Scientific Chairman Committee, XVIIth IPS Congress, Madagascar
1998- 2004 Council of the International Primatological Society
2003 - today Member of Madagascar Network of Educators and Professional of Conservation
- Board of Editors: New Directions in Lemur Studies, Plenum Press (1998)
- Board of Editors: Ringtailed Lemur Biology, Springer, New York (2004)
- Rakotosamimanana, B., H. Rasamimanana, J.U. Ganzhorn and S.M. Goodman, eds. (1999) New Directions in Lemur Studies. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, New York.
- Malagasy Texts of: "Ny Aiay Ako"; "Ny Tsididy Bitika"; "Tikitike, Ilay Maky"; "Tsambiky, Ilay Sifaka fotsy" written by Jolly A., Illustrated by Ross D. Published by Lemur Conservation Foundation, P.O.Box 249 Myakka City, Fl 34251. ISBN 0-9766009-0-0; et Durrell Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, UK..
- Jolly, A., R.W. Sussman, N. Koyama and H. Rasamimanana, eds. Ringtailed Lemur Biology: Lemur catta in Madagascar. New York, Springer Publications.
- Rasamimanana, H.R. and E. Rafidinarivo (1993) Feeding Behavior of Lemur catta females in relation to their physiological state. In Kappeler, P.M. and Ganzhorn, J.U., eds. Lemur Social Systems and their Ecological Basis. Plenum Press, New York. pp 122-133.
- Jolly, A., H.R. Rasamimanana, M.F. Kinnaird, T.G. O'Brien, H.M. Crowley, C.S. Harcourt, S. Gardner, and J.M. Davidson (1993) Territoriality in Lemur catta groups during the birth season at Berenty, Madagascar. In Kappeler, P.M. and Ganzhorn, J.U., eds. Lemur Social Systems and their Ecological Basis. Plenum Press, New York. pp 85-110.
- Rasamimanana H.R. (1999) Influence of Social Organization Patterns on Food Intake of Lemur catta. In Rakotosamimanana, B., Rasamimanana, H., Ganzhorn J.U and S.M. Goodman, eds. New Directions in Lemur Studies. XVIIth IPS Congress. Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow. pp 173-188.
- Rasamimanana, H.R., Ratovonirina, A. Jolly, and E. Pride. Storm Damage at Berenty Reserve. Lemur News 5:7-8. Jolly, A., Dobson, A., Rasamimanana, H.M., Walker, J., O'Connor, S., Solberg, M., and Perel, V. (2002). Demography of Lemur catta at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar: Effects of troop size, habitat and rainfall. Int. J. Primatol. 23:327-354
- Mertl-Millhollen, A.S., Moret, E.S., Felantsoa, D., Rasamimanana, A., and Jolly, A. (2002) Ring-tailed lemur foraging correlates with nutritional content and abundance at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar. Amer. J. Primatol. 57 Suppl 1:74.
- Rasamimanana, H.R., V.N. Andrianome, H. Rambeloarivony and P. Pasquet. (2006). Male and female ringtailed lemurs' energetic strategy does not explain female dominance. In Jolly, A., R.W. Sussman, N. Koyama and H. Rasamimanana, eds. (in press) Ringtailed lemur biology: Lemur catta in Madagascar. New York, Springer Publications.
Honor: Knighthood of Malagasy National Order
Hanta teaching students in the Mandena Conservation Area, near Fort Dauphin © A Jolly