Dr. Jean-Claude Razafimahaimodison

Dr. Jean-Claude Razafimahaimodison

TEAM Site Manager for Ranomafana, Madagascar

Currently, I am the TEAM (Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring) Site Manager for Ranomafana in Madagascar.   My specialty is ornithology—the study of birds.  My background studies are in animal ecology, biology, and behavior.

I have been interested in my specialty since I understood that there is a close interrelationship between humans, animals and the environment.  Birds are always around us and we can see them in our daily lives.

Since I was a child, I loved nature and animals.  My parents always had a dog and a cat at home and I loved to play with and take care of them.  Originally, I thought about becoming a medical doctor, but my brother encouraged me to take economics, as he had done.  However, after one day of classes, I realized that my true calling was to study animals and nature.

So, I started my academic training in natural sciences at the University of Antananarivo Madagascar.  I was interested in studying animal biology and behavior. While at the University of Antananarivo I studied forest birds in Ranomafana National Park. For the first time, I had the opportunity of visiting the eastern rainforest of Madagascar with a group of scientists from England. The rainforest we went to was very far away, it took us two days by car and three days of hiking to get into the forest field site--I almost didn’t make it!  

After getting my degree from the University of Antananarivo, I went to graduate school at City University of New York.  I then went on to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where I worked with famous ornithologists and did field work in Madagascar.

When I finished my doctoral studies, my objective was to share what I’d learned, especially with the people in Madagascar.  I am now the research coordinator for the field research station at Centre ValBio in Ranomafana National Park.