Andolalao Rakotoarison, PhD

Dr. Rakotoarison is a Malagasy researcher. She completed her master’s degree in biology in 2011 at the University of Antananarivo. She received her PhD in 2017 at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, with a specialization in taxonomy revision of the microhylid cophyline frogs from Madagascar. In 2018, she became a lecturer at an affiliate institution of the University of Antananarivo at Soavinandriana, Itasy, Madagascar. The same year, she was appointed co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group Madagascar where she coordinates a network of national and international research specialists representing the Malagasy government, universities, and NGOs. For the past eight years, her research has focused on the resolution of the enormous taxonomy gap within the Malagasy cophyline subfamily by maximizing taxonomy revision. This revision will contribute to the establishment of a conservation strategy for each nominal species.

Courses Taught

Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management Seminar
Environmental Research Methods & Ethics


  • PhD, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • MS, University of Antananarivo
Andolalao Rakotoarison, PhD

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

MADAGASCAR: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

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