Our Team: Striving to conserve Madagascar's biodiversity and alleviate poverty.
Travis Steffens, Founder and Director of Operations
Travis Steffens has a BSc in Primatology and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Calgary, and is currently a PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Travis has been involved in primate research since 2002. He has conducted many research projects on endangered primates in both Belize, Central America, and Madagascar. In 2010, Travis created and implemented a Lambas for Lemurs project in Madagascar with his colleague Megan Shrum. Travis's current research includes studying the impact of habitat loss on lemur species richness and occurrence in Madagascar. Travis runs the daily operations of Planet Madagascar.
Mamy RAZAFITSALAMA, Madagascar Country Director and Operations Manager
Mamy RAZAFITSALAMA has a Maitrise de Recherche in Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology and a D.E.A. (Dîplomes d’Etudes Approfondies) in Primatology from the University of Antananarivo, and is currently a PhD student in Primatology at the University of Antananarivo. Mamy's current research includes studying the impact of habituation in behavior and diet for breast feeding females of coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) in Ankarafantsika National Park. Aside from research, Mamy has worked as a Consultant in a malaria program at Population Services International, a non- government organization WHO for health. We are excited for Mamy to join the Planet Madagascar team. Mamy will be intimately involved in designing and implementing our projects in Madagascar.
Keriann McGoogan, Communications and Funding Coordinator
Keriann McGoogan has a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Toronto. In 2007/8, Keriann spent 14 months studying the impact of habitat loss and forest edges on an endangered lemur species in northwest Madagascar. Since then, Keriann has assisted Travis Steffens in his research on habitat fragmentation and its impact on lemur species in remote areas of Madagascar. Keriann is excited to head up communications and funding for Planet Madagascar, and brings with her a passion for wildlife and conservation, as well as years of experience.