Kianjavato Ahmanson Field Station
The Kianjavato Ahmanson Field Station (KAFS) is in construction in southeastern Madagascar. The building consists of four shipping containers secured onto a concrete foundation. The container building is designed to house three dorm rooms (two for Malagasy graduate students and one for guests and professors,) a kitchen, office space, a research laboratory and a nearby well. A key component to the conservation action plan is the education of local school children as well as the entire community. The KAFS facility will provide the necessary long-term infrastructural support for all research endeavors and community outreach, which will include the reforestation project, education project and “Rocket Stove” project.
All graduate students in the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP) will give monthly rotating presentations to the community at the KAFS. As supported by funds from the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, a laptop computer, projector and solar panels have been purchased so that students can provide PowerPoint presentations to further the awareness of the unique biodiversity of their country. Topics will include a wide range of flora and fauna including orchids, lemurs, reptiles and bats. All presentations will be held at the Kianjavato Ahmanson Field Station.