Aroniaina “Aro” Manampitahiana Falinirina

Aroniaina FALINIRINA is a PhD student at Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines (Fisheries and Marines Sciences Institute) at the University of Toliara – Madagascar, co-supervised by Dr. Gildas Todinanahary and Dr. Golden. He has studied marine sciences since 2014 and has focused on coral reef ecosystems. He received his bachelor’s degree in management of the biodiversity and the marine environment doing research about biological characterization of reef fisheries areas in southern Toliara. He did his Master’s degrees at the University of Reunion Island-France where he followed the Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystems / aquatic, coastal and island course. His research dealt with the analysis of the variation of Functional and Taxonomic diversity of coral assemblages in the South-West Indian Ocean Islands. He was an intern at the research Lab UMR Ecologie mariNe TROpicale des océans Pacifique et IndiEn (ENTROPIE).

Currently, in collaboration with the Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health, and Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics/ Royal Swedish Academy of the Sciences University, we are researching a project called “ARMS to reefs: a new tool to restore coral reef biodiversity, fisheries yields, and human health in Madagascar.”