Patricia Chapple Wright

Patricia Chapple Wright

Dr. Patricia Chapple Wright is best known for her 26-year study of social family interactions of wild lemurs in Madagascar's Ranomafama National Park, which she helped establish in 1991. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Centre ValBio, a non-profit organization and modern research station adjacent to the Malagasy rainforest.. The many honors she has received include a MacArthur Fellowship, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a "Knight of the National Order", the "Officier Medal" and the "Commandeur Medal" by the government of Madagascar. In 2012 she was a finalist for the Indianapolis Prize for Conservation and in 2013 she was one of only 26 resident members to gain election to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. Her books include "Madagascar: Forests of our Ancestors" and "Tarsiers: Past, Present and Future". Dr. Wright is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University.
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