Amanda DuBour


Amanda DuBour

B.S. Environmental Biology, University of South Florida, 2015
A.A. Zoology, Santa Fe College, 2011
A.S. Santa Fe College, Zoo Animal Technology, 2010

I am a graduate student working toward my master’s in physical anthropology. My master’s thesis will be on parasites and general ecology of weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus). My study site is called Tsinjoarivo and is located on the eastern mountains in central Madagascar. My advisor Dr. Irwin pioneered research in the unprotected site a decade ago with his work with diadema sifaka (Propithecus diadema).

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Presently, I am assisting in a parasite lab to count eggs and identify different species in fecal samples of weasel sportive lemur, diadema sifaka and eastern lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus). Over this summer (2015) I did a pilot study for my master’s thesis in Tsinjoarivo with a comparison study of weasel sportive lemur and woolly lemur (Avahi laniger). It has long been hypothesized that woolly lemurs out compete weasel sportive lemurs for resources and my study explored this claim. After my pilot study was complete I travel north to an island called Nosy Komba. Here I assisted in long term studies of the black lemur (Eulemur macaco) in regards to their daily activity budget, searched for more troops on the island and the habituation of these new troops. I also participated in bird and reptile surveys, which required me to memorize all the avian and reptilian species on Nosy Komba and the neighboring island of Nosy Be. On Nosy Be we specifically worked in Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. I have experience in husbandry with red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), common brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), right-tail lemur (Lemur Catta), sanford’s lemur (Eulemur sanfordi), white handed gibbon (Hylobates lar), squirrel monkey (Saimiriinae saimiri) and white-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus).