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MAHERY at Harvard University

AbHarvard_Wreath_Logo_1.svgout Madagascar Health and Environmental Research (MAHERY)

There are no greater global concerns than the disappearance and destruction of our planet’s ecosystems and wildlife and the improvement of human health and food security for vulnerable human populations around the world.

Since 2004, our team has been actively researching the intersection of environmental health and human health to understand the ways in which ecosystem transformation has downstream effects on human wellbeing.

Most of our work has centered on estimating the role of bushmeat hunting in both decimating local wildlife populations (lemurs, carnivores, bats, tenrecs, etc.) and also influencing human nutrition and food security. All of our work has always been driven by and embedded in local communities to understand the psychology around illegal wildlife harvesting and to develop a paired vision for future conservation and development.

Focal lemur species include:

  • Indri indri,
  • Varecia variegata,
  • Daubentonia madagascariensis,
  • Eulemur albifrons,
  • and others.
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