Dr. Sussman is Professor, Physical Anthropology, at Washington University at St. Louis. He is currently conducting a long-term study of the demography, ecology and social organization of the ring-tailed lemur at the Beza Mahafaly Reserve in southwest Madagascar, of which he is Co-founder. There, Dr. Sussman participates in a cooperative program of research, conservation, education, and development, working closely with botanists, geologists, and social anthropologists on this and other conservation/development projects. Using satellite images, they are also attempting to monitor deforestation and to determine its causes. Sussman is conducting a long-term study of the ring-tailed lemur’s demography, ecology and social organization at the Beza Mahafaly Reserve. CLICK HERE to read more about Beza Mahafaly National Park.
Sussman, a specialist in the ecology and social structure of primates, does extensive fieldwork in primate behavior and ecology in Costa Rica, Guyana, Madagascar and Mauritius. His groundbreaking study of two species was the subject of Marlin Perkins’ documentary “Lemurs of Madagascar” in 1981. His research focuses on primate populations and threats to their habitats, including deforestation. He is co-author of “Man the Hunted” (2005), for which he won a 2006 W.W. Howells Book Prize. READ MORE about Dr. Sussman’s research interests.