Miguel Pedrono



Conservation Biologist


Ampandrianomby, B.P. 853

Antananarivo 101


Tel: +261 (0)32 07 235 35




University Paris-Sud (Orsay), France, Post-doctoral Research Associate.

French Institute of Pondicherry, India, Post-doctoral Research Associate.

University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, France, Ph.D. Ecology.

University of Tours, France, M.Sc. Population Biology and Eco-ethology.



Conservation strategies, population dynamics, climate change adaptation, restoration ecology, protected area management, translocation, captive breeding, chelonians, wild cattle.

My research interests lie in the conservation of biodiversity in tropical countries. I am particularly interested in how to bridge the gap between academia and on-the-ground practice in the domain of conservation biology to improve conservation effectiveness. I try to spend time working on real-life conservation issues including efforts to save Madagascan species. My current areas of research focus on the use of megafauna translocation to prevent further species extinctions, and the assessment of how protected areas respond to climate change and how practical management options can be used to limit the resulting impacts.



Cappelle J., Caron A., Servan de Almeida R., Gil P., Pedrono M., Mundava J., Fofana B., Balança G., Dakouo M., Ould El Mamy A.B., Abolnik C., Maminiaina O.F., Cumming G.S., De Visscher M.N., Albina E., Chevalier V., and Gaidet N. 2014. Empirical analysis suggests continuous and homogeneous circulation of Newcastle disease virus in a wide range of wild bird species in Africa. Epidemiology and Infection: in press. (DOI:10.1017/S095026881400185X)

Andriantsaralaza S., Pedrono M., Tassin J., Roger E., Rakouth B., and Danthu P. 2014. The role of extinct giant tortoises in the germination of extant baobab Adansonia rubrostipa seeds in Madagascar. African Journal of Ecology 52: 246–249. (DOI: 10.1111/aje.12101

Pedrono M., and Smith L.L. 2013. Overview of the natural history of Madagascar’s endemic tortoises and freshwater turtles: essential components for effective conservation. Chelonian Research Monographs 6: 59–66. (Invited contribution) (DOI: 10.3854/crm.6.a12p59)

Pedrono M., Griffiths O.L., Clausen A., Smith L.L., Griffiths C.J., Wilmé L., and Burney D.A. 2013. Using a surviving lineage of Madagascar's vanished megafauna for ecological restoration. Biological Conservation 159: 501–506. (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2012.11.027)

Orozco-terWengel P., Chiari Y., Vieites D.R., Pedrono M., and Louis Jr E. 2013. Isolation and characterization of six polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Malagasy spider tortoise, Pyxis arachnoides and cross-amplification in Pyxis planicauda. Amphibia-Reptilia 34: 125–128. 
(DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00002866)

Chouteau P., Jiang Z., Bravery B.D., Cai J., Li Z., Pedrono M., and Pays O. 2012. Local extinction in the bird assemblage in the Greater Beijing area from 1877 to 2006. PLoS One 7: e39859 (9 p.).
 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039859)

Chouteau P., and Pedrono M. 2011. A reply to Markus Ehrengruber and Urs Glutz von Blotzheim. Journal of Ornithology 152: 813–814. (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0712-3)

Clausen A., Hoang Hoa Vu, and Pedrono M. 2011. An evaluation of the environmental impact assessment system in Vietnam: the gap between theory and practice. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 31: 136–143. 
(DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2010.04.008)

Pedrono M. 2011. Wasted efforts: why captivity is not the best way to conserve species. Madagascar Conservation & Development 6: 57-59.
(Invited contribution) (DOI: 10.4314/mcd.v6i2.3)

Chouteau P., and Pedrono M. 2009. Breeding biology of Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli) in Western Madagascar. Journal of Ornithology 150: 55–60.
 (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-008-0317-7)

Pedrono M., Ha Minh Tuan, Chouteau P., and Vallejo F. 2009. Status and distribution of the endangered banteng Bos javanicus birmanicus in Vietnam: a conservation tragedy. Oryx 43: 618–625. 

Pedrono M. 2008. The Tortoises and Turtles of Madagascar. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. 147 pp. (

Chiari Y., Thomas M., Pedrono M., and Vieites D.R. 2005. Preliminary data on genetic differentiation within the Madagascar spider tortoise, Pyxis arachnoides (Bell, 1827). Salamandra 41: 35–43.

Pedrono M., Smith L.L., Clobert J., Massot M., and Sarrazin F. 2004. Wild-captive metapopulation viability analysis. Biological Conservation 119: 463–473.
 (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2004.01.007)

Pedrono M., and Smith L.L. 2003. Testudinidae, land tortoises. Pages 951-956 in S.M. Goodman, and J.P. Benstead, editors. The Natural History of Madagascar. The University of Chicago Press, USA. (

Godfrey M.H., and Pedrono M. 2002. Marine turtles : what about reintroduction ?. Kachhapa Newsletter 6: 3–7.

Pedrono M., and Markwell T. 2001. Maximum size and mass of the ploughshare tortoise (Geochelone yniphora). Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4: 191.

Smith L.L., Pedrono M., Dorazio R.M., and Bishko J. 2001. Morphometrics, sexual dimorphism, and growth in the angonoka tortoise (Geochelone yniphora) of western Madagascar. African Journal of Herpetology 50: 9–18. 

Pedrono M., Smith L.L., Sarovy A., Bourou R., and Tiandray, H. 2001. Reproductive ecology of the ploughshare tortoise (Geochelone yniphora). Journal of Herpetology 35: 151–156.

Pedrono M., and Sarovy A. 2000. Trial release of the world’s rarest tortoise Geochelone yniphora in Madagascar. Biological Conservation 95: 333–342. (DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(00)00023-9)

Pedrono M., Sarovy A., Smith L.L., and Bour R. 2000. The status and conservation of endemic Malagasy chelonians: an historic perspective. Pages 249–260 in W.R. Lourenço and S.M. Goodman, editors. Diversity and Endemism in Madagascar. Mémoire de la Société de Biogéographie, Paris, France.

Pedrono M., 2000. Interactive management of wild and captive populations: conservation strategies for the ploughshare tortoise Geochelone yniphora in Madagascar. Dodo 36: 93–94.

Bertrand M., and Pedrono M. 1999. Euryxenie et stenoxenie du genre Geckobia Megnin 1878 (Actinedida: Pterygosomatidae): récolte de Geckobia enigmatica n. sp. sur une tortue terrestre malgache (Geochelone yniphora). Acarologia 11: 41–47.

Pedrono M., and Sarovy A. 1998. First release of captive-raised ploughshare tortoises Geochelone yniphora in Madagascar. Dodo 34: 173–174.



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