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Alison Richard

Alison Richard
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ALISON RICHARD served as vice-chancellor of Cambridge University from 2003 to 2010. From 1994 to 2002, she served as provost and Franklin Muzzy Crosby Professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Yale University. She currently serves as a member of the WWF International Board and chair of the Luc Hoffmann Advisory Board, and she is co-trustee of the Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation. Richard trained in anthropology and primate biology at Cambridge University and London University. Her research focuses on the ecology and social behavior of the living primates and on what these close relatives of humans reveal about the evolution of society. She has studied primates in Central America, tropical Africa, and the Himalayan foothills, but she is most widely known for her work on the lemurs of Madagascar. For the past 17 years, she has been monitoring the demography and social dynamics of a population of more than 500 Propithecus verreauxi, a lemur species, in a riverine forest in southwest Madagascar. Richard has also played an active role in efforts to conserve the remaining forests and wildlife of southwest Madagascar and in helping to train Malagasy students as resource managers and conservation biologists.