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Rakotoarisoa, Solofo Eric (Solofo)

Job title: 

KMCC Assistant Team Manager and Drylands Projects Officer

Conservation Directorate
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC)
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Malagasy (mother tongue), French and English

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 1996
  • MSc, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 1998
  • DEA, Univ. of Antanarivo, Madagascar, 2000
  • International Diploma in Plant Conservation Techniques, Kew, 2003
  • IUCN-SSC Madagascar Plant Specialist Group (GSPM)

KMCC Assistant Team Manager and MSBP projects

Assisting with the management of KMCC, ensuring the development of the team and delivery of Kew’s projects in Madagascar. The main task is coordinating the seed collection programme in Madagascar for the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) in liaison with the local partner, Silo National des Graines Forestières (SNGF). Responsibilities include implementing a seed collecting programme with a dedicated team and partner projects (e.g. WWF and Missouri Botanic Garden’s protected areas), prioritising target species, identifying herbarium specimens and managing the project database and GIS. The role also involves leading a small team within KMCC developing capacity for habitat restoration, ecological profiling, conservation assessments and rapid botanical surveys. Research includes the systematics, ecology and biogeography of the genus Aloe, as a general model for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of endangered species in the drylands of Madagascar.

Selected publications: 

Andriamahay, M., Rakotoarisoa, S.E., Ramamonjisoa, L. & Sacande, M. (2011). Conservation des ressources phylogénétiques de Madagascar. Silo National des Graines Forestières, Madagascar.

Klopper, R., Rakotoarisoa, S.E. & Smith, G. (in press). Aloes of Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean Islands: an interactive identification mechanism. In: Proceedings of the 19th AETFAT Congress. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Rakotoarisoa, S.E. & Andriamahay, M. (in press). Récolte des graines du Projet Millennium Seed Bank à Madagascar. In: Proceedings of the 19th AETFAT Congress. Antananarivo, Madagascar.