The Lemur Conservation Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Wright has joined the Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Wright is a Distinguished Professor at the Anthropology and Ecology and Evolution Departments at Stony Brook University, and holds the SBU Herrnstein Family Chair in Conservation Biology. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments and Centre ValBio, the world-class research campus near Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar.
Dr. Wright received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York and was Assistant Professor at Duke University. Her work as a tropical biologist, conservationist, and primatologist led to the discovery of a new species of lemur, the Golden Bamboo Lemur, the establishment of Ranomafana National Park, and the publication of over 150 articles and books.
Her work with lemurs in Ranomafana was featured in the films Island of Lemurs: Madagascar and Me and Isaac Newton. She has received many honors for her contributions to lemur conservation including the three medals of honor from the Malagasy government, and the prestigious Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation.