Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Erik R Patel

Duke University Lemur Center
3705 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705-5000 USA

  Ph.D., Cornell University (2011). Biological Psychology.
M.A. Anthropology (Primatology), 1996, University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Psychology, 1991, Earlham College
  Post-Doctoral Project Director. Duke University Lemur Center.(2012 to 2014).
Seacology (, Madagascar Country Field Representative (2009 to present).
Professional Affiliations
  Scientific Advisory Council of the Lemur Conservation Foundation
Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission (SSC).
Advisory Council of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI)
Selected Publications

Patel, E.R. and Owren, M.J. (2012). Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus) “zzuss” vocalizations: Sexual dimorphism, individuality, and function in the alarm call of a monomorphic lemur.
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132(3): 1799 - 1810.

Patel, E.R. (2011). Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus). In: Rowe N, Myers M (eds): All the World’s Primates. Primate Conservation Inc., Charlestown, Rhode Island.

Patel, E.R. (2011). Acoustic and olfactory communication in eastern sifakas (Propithecus sp.) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mullata). PhD Dissertation, Cornell University.

Patel, E.R. and Owren, M.J. (2007). Acoustics and behavioral contexts of “gecker” vocalizations in young rhesus macaques (Macaca mullata). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121(1): 575 – 585.

Patel, E.R. (2009). Silky Sifaka, Propithecus candidus, 1871. In: Primates in Peril:The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates 2008-2010. Mittermeier, R. A., Wallis, J., Rylands, A. B., Ganzhorn, J. U., Oates, J. F., Williamson, E. A., Palacios, E., Heymann, E. W., Kierulff, M. C. M., Long Yongcheng, Supriatna, J., Roos, C., Walker, S., Cortés-Ortiz, L. and Schwitzer, C. (eds.). 2009. Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates 2008–2010. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (PSG), International Primatological Society (IPS), and Conservation International (CI), Arlington, VA. 84pp.

Patel, E.R. (2009). A tragedy with villains: Severe resurgence of selective rosewood logging in Marojejy National Park leads to temporary park closure. Lemur News 14: 1 – 6.

ER Patel (2007). Non-maternal infant care in wild silky sifakas (Propithecus candidus).
Lemur News 12: 39 – 42.

Patel, E.R. (2007). Logging of rare rosewood and palisandre (Dalbergia spp.) within Marojejy National Park, Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation and Development 2: 11-16.

Patel, E.R. (2005). Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus) predation by a fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox).
Lemur News 10: 25-27.

Journal Article Reviews (Ad Hoc)

Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Ethology, Folia Primatologica,
Lemur News, Primate Info Net “Fact Sheets”,
Journal of Anthropological Sciences, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,
Endangered Species Research, Madagascar Conservation and Development,
International Journal of Primatology, National Geographic Magazine


2009 Graduate Teaching Award. Cornell University, Department of Psychology

Contributing Author Towards:

“Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus)” in Mittermeier, R.A., Louis, E.E. Jr., Richardson, M., Schwitzer, C., Langrand, O., Rylands, A., Hawkins, F., Rajaobelina, S., Ratsimbazafy, J., Rasoloarison, R., Roos, C., Kappeler, P.M., and Mackinnon, J. (2010). Lemurs of Madagascar. 3rd Edition. Conservation International. Arlington, Va.

“Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus)” in Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide by Nick Garbutt. London: A&C Black. 2010.

“Silky sifaka” in Wikipedia. 2010. Featured Article Status:

“Marojejy” in Wikipedia. 2011. Good Article Status:

Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus)” in Welcome to Marojejy and Anjanaharibe-Sud Guide Book by Paul


“Madagascar, Lemurs, and Spies”. 2012. BBC Natural History Unit. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough
“Trouble in Lemur Land”. Earth Touch. 2011.
“Angels of the Forest”. 2009. Independent Film by Sharon Pieczenik
“Seacology Prize Film 2010”. Independent Film by Seacology.


“Treasure Island”. 2010. Dan Rather Reports. HD-NET.
Carte Blanche: Madagascar. 2010. South African Television News Documentary.

  “Out of the Woods?” BBC Wildlife Magazine. January 2012.
“Leaping Lemurs!” Cornell University Alumni Magazine. September/October 2011.
“Saving the Ghosts of Madagascar”. Smithsonian Magazine Cover photo and article. April 2010.
“Losing lemurs”. National Geographic Magazine. Wildlife page feature. August 2009.
“Die bedrohten Engel von Marojejy”. ZEIT (online):
“Skogen”. Norweigen Magazine Verdensmagasinet X features silky sifaka team. Oct/Nov 2010.
“Madagascar's forests get a reprieve, but for how long?” Science Magazine. April 1, 2010
“Most Wanted”. Outdoor Photographer Magazine. July 2010.
“Silky sifaka”. COPEL, Chinese children’s magazine. 2010.

“Lemur Researcher Works to Save Endangered Species”. Baltimore Sun. December 14 2012.
“Saving the Silky Sifaka”. The Herald-Sun. December 17, 2012.
“Film outlines effects of illegal logging on lemurs”. Duke University Chronicle. November 27, 2012.
Zoo event seeks to benefit Madagascar region. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. July 10, 2007.
“Le sifaka fotsy au menu d’une conference-debat”. Remi, Rakotonirina. Midi Madagasikara, July 9 2007. “Forging a new path of scientific research” Baltimore Sun, Scott Calvert, January 1, 2006
“Researcher take steps to help save silky sifaka” Baltimore Sun, Scott Calvert, January 1, 2006
“Silky Sifaka Vocal Repertoire and Erik R Patel Research” Baltimore Sun, January 1, 2006: Audio Podcast “Researcher hears a cry for help from rare silky sifakas” Seattle Times, January 20, 2006
“Could You Repeat That, Pink Face?” Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2006
“Scientist stalks Madagascar’s silky sifaka”. The Boston Globe, January 22, 2006
“Taping sounds of survival”. The Miami Herald, January 22, 2006
“CU Scientist stalks the silky sifaka”. Ithaca Journal, February 1, 2006
“Rare Madagascar lemurs fascinate researcher” The Vancouver Sun, January 21, 2006
“Saving the silky sifaka” St. Augustine Record, January 21, 2006

  “Dr. Erik Patel on the critically endangered silky sifaka lemur” Talking Naturally. January 2012.
Blogs and websites:

Madagascar’s Logging Crisis: Separating Myth From Fact
May 20, 2010
National Geographic News Watch

Grad Student Fights to Protect Rare Lemur in Madagascar
February 7, 2011
Cornell University Chronicle Online

Plight of the lemur: A Movie
September 7, 2011
New York Times Green Blog

Lessons from the crisis in Madagascar: An interview with Erik Patel
August 11, 2009

Madagascar’s Conservation Efforts Severely At Risk
March 27, 2009
Cornell University News Blog

New Hope for Rare Lemurs in Madagascar
January 20, 2011

Madagascar, Lemurs, and Spies
April 2012
BBC Two Natural World

Lemur play is on solid ground
October 2010
Duke University Research Blog

Which is better? Sifakas or Guitars
March 15, 2012
Iron Ammonite Blog

Lemur Researcher: Erik Patel
Earlham College Alumni Blog

Award Winning Documentary Set To Air on Animal Planet
December 14, 2012
Duke University Lemur Center Blog

Conservation Film Award!
May 2012
Duke University Lemur Center Blog

Pre-trip Blog by Erik Patel
January 2012
Duke University Lemur Center Blog

Erik Patel and a new Duke Lemur Center conservation initiative
January 2011
Duke University Lemur Center Blog

Lemurs are the Most Threatened Mammals in the World
March 2012
Duke University Lemur Center Blog

EConsider This: Animal Planet program features the silky sifaka lemur
November 26, 2012
Lemur Conservation Foundation Blog

Madagascar’s Silky Sifakas
March 26, 2010
Seacology Blog

Rampant Rosewood Logging
April 8, 2011
Seacology Blog

Yalie Leaps to Lemur’s Rescue
March 2, 2011
Yale University Daily News