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Developing research and higher education on animal biodiversity and wildlife conservation in the Caribbean

Activities

Discover the main activities of Caribaea Initiative :

Activities

Seminars and conferences

 

 Workshops, seminars and conferences

  • 21 March 2016: First meeting of the RTPI CNRS Biodiversité CaraïbeReunion RTPI CNRS Martinique
  • 22-24 March 2016: First Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop (RCW 2016) : “Animal invasive species in the Antilles: the relevance of scientific research to conservation” Centre International de Séjour Martinique – MORE INFORMATION

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  • 19-23 June 2016: Caribaea Initiative at the ATBC 2016 conference in Montpellier – France
    Caribaea Initiative sponsored a symposium “Developing research capacity on biodiversity and conservation: a Caribbean challenge” during the 53rd Conference of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.
    ATBC 2016 : Caribaea Initiative will take part of the symposium from 19 - 23 June 2016 / FranceCaribaea Initiative will sponsor a symposium "Developing research capacity on biodiversity and conservation: a Caribbean challenge" during the 53rd Conference of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.© ATBC 2016
  • May 31 – June 03, 2017 : Second Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop (RCW 2017), co-organised with the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in Saint Kitts and Nevis and the RTPI CNRS-INEE “Caraibes”. MORE INFORMATION

Some presentations are now available online! The 2nd Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop has been held in St Kitts-and-Nevis from May 31 to June 03, 2017 and co-organised with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) and the RTPI CNRS "Caraïbes". Some presentations can already be downloaded through the dedicated webpage! © Susan Frazier

  •  May 28 – June 01, 2018: Third Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop (ACI-RCW 2018) in Guadeloupe, co-organised with the Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe. MORE INFORMATION

Great success for the 3rd Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop in Guadeloupe The 3rd Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop was co-organized with the University of the French West Indies (UA), in Guadeloupe, from May 28 to June 01, 2018. © Caribaea Initiative

Training session for students

  • August 29-30, 2015: first training session dedicated to undergraduate students, Bellairs Institute, Barbados
  • November 23-25, 2015: second training session dedicated to undergraduate students, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
  • January 8-13, 2016: third training session dedicated to undergraduate students, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
  • June 29, 2016: first training session dedicated to 28 agronomists engineers, Haiti
  • May 31, 2017: Training session for students who attended the 2nd Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop (St Kitts and Nevis)
  • May 28, 2018: Training session for students who attended the 3rd Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Workshop (Guadeloupe)

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Supported students

The Caribaea Initiative student fellowship program

Caribaea Initiative’s Master and PhD fellowship program is intended to support promising young people from the Caribbean who are motivated in becoming future regional experts in key disciplines of Conservation Biology.

For more information: Training Grant Scheme

A) DOCTORAL (PhD) PROJECTS

 

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White-crowned pigeon (Photo credit: Anthony Levesque)

Contribution to the study of the White-crowned Pigeon in the Caribbean region: Census and Genetic analysis of the guadeloupean population
Student: Christopher Cambrone
Localization: Guadeloupe
Duration of the thesis: 3 years (2018-2021)
► Internship Host Organization: ONCFS Guadeloupe and Université des Antilles Guadeloupe
► Supervision: Mme Blandine Guillemot (ONCFS Guadeloupe), Dr. Etienne Bezault (Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

 

 

ACI RCW2017_Nicole AtherleyBiology, ecology and diseases of the Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)
Student: Nicole Atherley
Localization: Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis
Duration of the thesis: 3 years (2017-2020)
► Internship Host Organization: Ross University School of Veterinary Medecine (RUSVM), Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis
► Supervision: Dr. Mark Freeman, Dr. Michelle Dennis and Dr. Raouf Kilada (RUSVM, St Kitts)

 

 

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Anolis homolechis

Demography of the lizard Anolis homolechis in contrasting habitats of West Cuba
Student: Annabelle Vidal
Localization: Cuba
Duration of the thesis: 3 years (2017-2020)
► Internship Host Organization: Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe
► Supervision: Dr. Roger Pradel (CNRS), Prof. Jérôme Guerlotté (Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe), Dr. Carlos Mancina (Institut d’Ecologie et de Systématique de la Havane)

 

 

 

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White-breasted Thrasher

Population size, stress, and reproductive success in the White-breasted Thrasher, Ramphocinclus brachyurus
Student: Steven Son

Localization: Martinique
Duration of the thesis: 3 years (2016-2019)
► Internship Host Organization : CRPLC, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique
► Supervision: Dr. Daniel Imbert (Université des Antilles, Martinique), and Dr. Jean-Raphael Gros-Désormeaux (CRPLC, CNRS)

 

 

 


 

B) MASTER RESEARCH PROJECTS

Research project entitled “Identification of possible feeding areas of Chelonia mydas (Testudines, Cheloniidae) of the Cuban archipelago”
Student: Claudia Ruiz Valdés
Localization: Cuba
Academic year: 2018-2019
► Internship Host Organization: Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon
► Supervision: Dr. Julia Azanza Ricardo (The University of Havana, Cuba) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Research project entitled “Use of PVC pipe refugia as a sampling and management design for Cuban endemic amphibians”
Student: Sergio Luis del Castillo Dominguez
Localization: Cuba
Academic year: 2018-2019
► Internship Host Organization: Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon
► Supervision: Dr. Roberto Alonso Bosch (The University of Havana, Cuba) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Research project entitled “Composition and structure of Tiger Moths assemblages (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) in two localities with different levels of plant endemism in western Cuba”
Student: Claudia Loiz Leiva
Localization: Cuba
Academic year: 2018-2019
► Internship Host Organization: Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon
► Supervision: Prof. Alejandro Barro Canamero & Dr. Jorge Luis Fontenla Rizo (The University of Havana, Cuba) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Research project entitled “Evaluation of the global warming impact on the populations of Anolis allogus (Sauria: Dactyloidae) in Sierra del Rosario, Artemisa, Cuba”
Student: Rachel Batista Alvarez
Localization: Cuba
Academic year: 2018-2019
► Internship Host Organization: Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon
► Supervision: Dr. Luis Manuel Diaz Beltran (The University of Havana, Cuba) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

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Cleaning gobies observed in Barbados (Photo credit: Renata Mazzei)

Determinants of habitat use in cleaner gobies in the coral reefs of Barbados
Student: Jeneice Germain

Localization: Barbados
2 years master: 2016-2018
► Internship Host Organization: University of the West Indies, Barbados
► Supervision: Dr. Henri Vallès (UWI) and Prof. Redouan Bshary (Université de Neuchâtel, Suisse)

 

 

 

 

 

ACI RCW2017_JMESpatial distribution and diversity of bird community: influence of proximity to a large green zone in the Port-au-Prince region
Student: Jean-Marry Exantus

Localization: Haiti
Academic year: 2017-2018
► Internship Host Organization: Université d’Etat d’Haiti et Université des Antilles Guadeloupe
► Supervision: Prof. Jacques Blaise (Université d’Etat d’Haiti) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

 

 

IMGP0444_PMB TDV terrain insectesResearch project to study different groups of insects, including pollinators
Student: Pierre Michard Beaujour
Localization: Haiti
Academic year: 2017-2018

► Internship Host Organization: Université d’Etat d’Haiti and Université des Antilles Guadeloupe
► Supervision: Prof. Jacques Blaise (Université d’Etat d’Haiti) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Research project on waterbird monitoring in Trou Caiman, Haiti
Student: Lens Jerry Saint-Louis
Localization: Haiti
Academic year: 2017-2018
► Supervision: Prof. Wilson Célestin (Université d’Etat d’Haiti) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Research project to study the populations of Trachemys decorata (Testudines, Emydidae) in Trou Caiman, Haiti
Student: Jeffey Mackenzy Paul
Localization: Haiti
Academic year: 2017-2018
► Supervision: Prof. Wilson Célestin (Université d’Etat d’Haiti) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Biology, ecology and diseases of the Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)
Student: Nicole Atherley
Localization: Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis
Academic year: 2017-2018 – upgraded from MSc by Research to a PhD program
► Internship Host Organization: Ross University School of Veterinary Medecine (RUSVM), Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis
► Supervision: Dr. Mark Freeman (RUSVM, St Kitts)

 

Estimation of population size through genetic and non-genetic methods. Which methods to estimate the population size of the White-crowned Pigeon, Patagioenas leucocephala
Student: Christopher Cambrone
Localization: Guadeloupe
2 years master: 2015-2017
► Internship Host Organization: Université de Bourgogne, Dijon
► Supervision: Mme Blandine Guillemot (ONCFS Guadeloupe), Dr. Etienne Bezault (Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 

Contribution to the study of the White-breasted Thrasher, Ramphocinclus brachyurus in Martinique
Student: Steven Son
Localization: Martinique
Academic year: 2015-2016
► Internship Host Organization: Université de Bourgogne, Dijon
► Supervision: Dr. Jean-Raphael Gros-Désormeaux (LC2S, UMR 8053, ex-CRPLC) and Prof. Frank Cézilly (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon)

 


 

C) SUMMER PROJECTS

37902363_1709404805838883_8045007730101977088_o1. Training in the field of conservation and study of biodiversity (waterbirds counting techniques, study of several groups of insects – specially pollinating insects)
Students : Jean-Marry Exantus, Pierre Michard Beaujour
Localization : Tour du Valat, France & Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, France

► Supervisors : Philippe Lambret, Antoine Arnaud (Tour du Valat, France) and Benjamin Vollot (Association des Amis du Parc de Pont de Gau, France).

► Summer projects supported in 2018

 

 

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Explaining their summer projects at Radio Melodie FM Haiti

2. Training in the field of conservation and study of biodiversity (waterbirds counting techniques, local aquatic turtle population growth, study of several groups of insects – specially pollinating insects)
Students : Jeffey Mackenzy Paul, Guerdy Saint-Juste, Lens Jerry Saint-Louis, Pierre Michard Beaujour
Localization : Tour du Valat, France

► Supervisors : Roberta Fausti, Philippe Lambret, Antoine Arnaud, Anthony Olivier, Olivier Pineau (Tour du Valat, France) and Prof Frank Cézilly (University of Burgundy, France).

Summer projects supported in 2017

 

 

 

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Night observations of snails behavior

3. Research subject: “Shell Morphology and Behaviour of L. Fulicia with and without mites.”
Student : Nadeshinie Parasram
Localization : Barbados

Supervisor : Dr. Angela Fields – Lecturer in department of Biological and Chemical Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI)

► Summer project supported in 2016

 

 

 

Anaita Lashley

Examination of the samples for ereynetides mites using the microscope.

4. Research subject: “The impact of ereynetid mite on Pleurodonte isabella in Barbados Gullies.”
Student : Anaita Lashley
Localisation : Barbados

► Supervisor : Dr. Angela Fields – Lecturer in department of Biological and Chemical Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI)

► Summer project supported in 2016

 

 

 

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Renata and Kristie working on gobies behavior.

5. Research subject: “Variations in the Social Behavior of Coral-Dwellers and Sponge-Dwellers of Elacatinus prochilos.”
Student : Kristie Alleyne
Localization : Barbados

Supervisors : Renata Mazzei – PhD student at the University of Neuchâtel and Dr. Henri Vallès – Lecturer in the department of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI)

► Summer project supported in 2016

Research projects

How do we select research projects ?

Caribaea Intiative is supporting basic or applied research projects that contribute to increase knowledge on Caribbean animal biodiversity, and more particularly projects which are based on cooperation between local and external research teams. All supported projects must include in the mid-term a part on training local students, at various stages in the curriculum (bachelor, master, Ph.D). Relevance to a conservation issue is not mandatory for a project to be supported, if the project offers an opportunity to train a student in one of several key disciplines in conservation biology. The relevant projects are identified by the Scientific Council of the association, which is taking the initiative in approaching and establishing links between potential partners. There is no direct submission procedure for research projects.