Research Questions of Interest

What is the relationship between reproductive states and the gut microbiome in white-faced capuchin monkeys?

A white-faced capuchin adult female nurses a juvenile. Capuchins exhibit slight modification of behaviour throughout their reproductive cycle, but it remains unknown how they cope with increased energetic costs of pregnancy and lactation. I am investigating the potential role that gut symbionts play in helping capuchins mediate these costs. Photo credit: David Hormann

A white-faced capuchin adult female nurses a juvenile. Capuchins exhibit slight modification of behaviour throughout their reproductive cycle, but it remains unknown how they cope with increased energetic costs of pregnancy and lactation. I am investigating the potential role that gut symbionts play in helping capuchins mediate these costs. Photo credit: David Hormann

How do changing seasons and environments affect non-human primate behaviour?

Some primates, including white-faced capuchins, inhabit extremely seasonal habitats. Along with many collaborators at Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica, I am interested in how primates cope with extreme seasonal change through modifications to diet, behaviour, and gut microbes. Photo credit: David Hormann

Some primates, including white-faced capuchins, inhabit extremely seasonal habitats. Along with many collaborators at Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica, I am interested in how primates cope with extreme seasonal change through modifications to diet, behaviour, and gut microbes. Photo credit: David Hormann

HOW RELIANT ARE NON-HUMAN PRIMATES ON GUT MICROBES, AND DOES RELIANCE FLUCTUATE?

Primates are diverse in their dietary strategies, reflected in their gut morphology, endogenous digestive enzymes, and gut microbiota. Are some primates more or less reliant on gut microbes? What roles do gut microbes play in primates with varying dietary ecologies? I am interested in tackling these questions using wild and captive populations of non-human primates. Photo credit: David Hormann

Primates are diverse in their dietary strategies, reflected in their gut morphology, endogenous digestive enzymes, and gut microbiota. Are some primates more or less reliant on gut microbes? What roles do gut microbes play in primates with varying dietary ecologies? I am interested in tackling these questions using wild and captive populations of non-human primates. Photo credit: David Hormann