For some people, the word “rainforest” conjures up vague notions of teeming jungles. But Camille DeSisto sees something more specific: a complex interdependent web.

For the past few years, the Duke graduate student has been part of a community-driven study exploring the relationships between people, plants, and lemurs in a rainforest in northern Madagascar, where the health of one species depends on the health of others.

The multi-disciplinary team consists of researchers from local communities, Duke University, the Duke Lemur Center, CURSA (the SAVA regional university), and the University of Antananarivo. By integrating lemur surveys, botanical plots, seed dispersal experiments, and local ecological knowledge, the team hopes to advance understanding of forest ecology and conservation in COMATSA.

Read the full article on the Duke Research blog.