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Madagascar Field Team


On the ground making it happen

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Madagascar Field Team


On the ground making it happen

Sal thinking about the world of Omura's whales...

Salvatore Cerchio, PhD - Project Leader

Dr. Cerchio has been working in Madagascar since 2004, studying cetaceans from humpback whales to coastal dolphins to Omura’s whales.  He has been studying cetaceans for 36 years around the world. Currently he is a visiting Scientist with the New England Aquarium and Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

 

Boris Andrianantenaina, DEA - Scientific Leader for ecotourism group Les Baleines Rand’eau and Associate Researcher with Malagasy NGO Les Baleines Ass’eau, in Nosy Be, Madagascar.  Boris has a Masters degree (DEA) from the IHSM Universite de Toliara, and has been studying cetaceans in Madagascar with Sal since 2010.

Boat Pilots - Christian “Gozy” Tombozafy - Boat Pilot Extraordinaire.  Gozy grew up in Nosy Be and the nearby Nosy Komba, with the ocean of Madagascar all around him.  He is a skilled pilot that has worked with Sal since 2008, and knows the cetaceans and marine life of the Nosy Be region better than anyone.

 

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Danielle Cholewiak, PhD - Behavioral biologist and bioacoustician, working at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Danielle has been studying cetaceans for almost 20 years and joined the Madagascar Omura's Whale Project in 2015.

 

Field Support - Tanguy & Arthur Guillemain d’Echon, co-owners of Les Baleines Rand’eau and co-founders of Les Baleines Ass’eau.  Tanguy and Arthur have been leading ecotourism trips around Nosy Be since 2010, and were instrumental in the discovery of Omura’s whales in the region.

 

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Project Partners


Providing essential support for data collection and analyses

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Project Partners


Providing essential support for data collection and analyses

Les Baleines Ass’eau – Malagasy NGO dedicated to marine mammal conservation, outreach and education in the Nosy Be region.  Their members and affiliates provide invaluable logistic support to the project Field Team, and facilitate the collection of data from platforms of opportunity throughout the year.

Alec Lindsay, PhD – Professor at Northern Michigan University.  Dr. Lindsay’s research interests include evolution, animal behavior and conservation predominantly with birds, but works with the Madagascar Omura’s Whale Project leading genetic analyses.

Sofie van Parijs, PhD – Lead of the Passive Acoustics Group at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA.  Sofie is participating in and supporting the bioacoustic research on Omura’s whales in Madagascar.

Madagascar Centre National de Recherches Océanographiques (CNRO) – The National Center for Oceanographic Research in Madagascar, based in Nosy Be.  The Center provides logistic support for the field work and researchers from the Center are involved in various aspects of the work.

Forever Dive - Run by Sylvia Trelanche, this dive charter group based in Madirokely provides logistic support for field work as well as exuberance and endless inspiration.


Project Funders

Thanks to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission for funding the 2015 field season!