Patrick Ross, a sustainable development major from Durham, traveled to the remote forest of Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve in November 2018 through the Gilman International Scholarship. Ross conducted a biodiversity assessment to catalog small carnivores that live in the rainforest.
“I want to conduct more assessments and continue research and action toward applied conservation. (Madagascar is) an amazing place and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” said Ross in his interview with Appalachian Today, an online publication of Application State University.
Ross worked closely with Dr. Zach Farris, an assistant professor in the Beaver College of Health Sciences’ Department of Health and Exercise Science, and Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF), who funded the majority of the project. Ross and Dr. Farris were granted a permit by Madagascar National Parks to allow the first survey of the new protected area which provided thousands of data points for their research.
Read more about this exciting independent research here.