Advances in Primate Nutritional Ecology, Health, and Energetics

October 23-25 

Program for the 3rd Lembersky Conference in Human Evolutionary Studies 


Alexander Library Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, 169 College Avenue



Wednesday, October 23


8:15 am: Registration & Breakfast

9:10 am: Introduction and Welcome, Ryne Palombit, CHES Director, Rutgers University

9:20 am: Opening Remarks, Erin Vogel, Rutgers University

9:30 am: Keynote Speaker, David Raubenheimer, University of Sydney

Macronutrient balance and the nutritional ecology of primates including humans

10:30 am: Jessica Rothman, Hunter College

Nutritional mechanisms of primate coexistance

11:00 am: Coffee Break

11:30 am: Mitch Irwin, Northern Illinois University

Do lemurs play by primate rules: Variation in diet, foraging effort and nutritional intake in the frugivorous Brown Lemur (Eulemur fulvus) and a sympatric folivore (Propithecus diadema)

12:00 pm: Melissa Emery Thompson, University of New Mexico

New methods and theory in primate reproductive energetics

12:30 pm: Stacy Lindshield, Purdue University

Nutritional ecology of savanna chimpanzees at Fongoli, Senegal

1:00 pm-2:00 pm Lunch Break 

2:00 pm: Erin Vogel, Rutgers University

Nutrition, energetics and health in wild Bornean orangutans

2:30 pm: Mike Wasserman, Indiana University

Endocrine-active phytochemicals in primate diets: prevalence across the order

3:00-4:30 pm Discussion: “Approaches to Primate Nutrition and Health”


Thursday, October 24

9:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am Katie Amato, Northwestern University

Toward integrating the gut microbiome into models of host nutrition and energetics

10:00 am: Mareike Janiak, University of Calgary

Understanding primate diet through evolution of digestive enzymes

10:30 am: Gloria Dominguez Bello, Rutgers University

The microbiome in an age of disruptive change in an age of disruptive change

11:00 am: coffee

11:30 am: Samuel Urlacher, Baylor University

The energetic ecology of childhood: Evolutionary and epidemiological insights for a changing world

12:00 am: Tom Kraft, University of California Santa Barbara

The energetics of uniquely human subsistence strategies

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch Break

1:30 pm: Robin Bernstein, University of Colorado Boulder

Critical periods and seasonal signals: the fourth trimester, maternal energy balance, and milk adipocytokines in rural Gambia

2:00 pm: Dan Hoffman, Rutgers University

Growth retardation and metabolic adaptations

2:30 pm: Sagan Friant, Penn State University

Bushmeat nutrition: availability and access in West African hunting communities

6:00 pm:  Reception – 3rd Floor RAB Building, 131 George St


Friday, October 25


9:30 am: Breakfast

10:20-12:05 am: Postdoc/graduate student talks (15 minutes each)

10:20 am: Dominique Raboin, Rutgers University

Allomaternal care by conspecifics allows Colobus guereza mothers to replenish energy through increased feeding

10:35 am: Allegra DePasquale, University of Calgary

Monkey see, monkey eat: does color vision phenotype impact foraging activity budgets of wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator)?

10:50 am: Emma Thurau, Hunter College

Condensed tannins in the diet of diademed sifakas (Propithecus diadema) at Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar

11:05 am: Kris Sabbi, University of New Mexico

Two case studies on the consequences of early weaning in East African chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)

11:20 am: Erin Kane, Boston University

Ecological competence in wild Bornean orangutans: food sharing, processing, and nutrition

11:35 am: Tim Bransford, Northern Illonois University

Using urinary biomarkers to understand variation in energetic condition of wild mother Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)

11:50 am: Vanessa Vásquez, University of Havana

The interaction among nutrition, occupation and ecological changes in a group of farmers and occasional fishermen of Yaguajay, Central Cuba after Hurricane Irma

12:05 pm: Lunch Break 

2:00 pm: Discussion -- A general concluding discussion, informed now by all talks

3:30 pm: Closing Remarks

Jessica Rothman, Hunter College