Amanda Melin - Ass
ociate Professor and Canada Research Chair\, University of Calgary
Plasticity and adap
tation of capuchin monkeys examined through behaviour
span>\, microbes\, and genes
Adaptation to changing envi ronments shapes the genetic and phenotypic diversity of organisms over evo lutionary time. Animals also face changing environments throughout the cou rse of their lifetime\, and plasticity in behaviours\, gene expression\, and microbes helps them survive these short-term shifts. In my talk\, I discuss adaptation and plasticity in a highly flexi ble\, long-lived\, social primate\, the capuchin monkey. I introduce sever al of our collaborative field and lab studies\, which integrate 40 years o f behavioural and demographic study of white-fac ed capuchins (Cebus imitator) in Sector Santa Rosa\, Costa Rica\, with rec ent genomics analyses of capuchins and their gut microbiomes. This include s analysis across seasons\, years\, populations\, and in comparative conte xt with other mammalian species. By using different approaches and tools t hat span behavioural ecology\, demography\, and the ‘omics of hosts and their commensal organisms\, we can better unders tand how adaptation and plasticity have shaped the form and function of ou r close relatives\, and generate new insight into the forces shaping our o wn evolutionary history and present-day variation. \;
Amanda Melin's lab is involved in a broad range of research si tuated at the intersection of behaviour\, sensory ecology\, and dietary ou tcomes of nonhuman and human primates. We take an integrative approach to answering questions about primate origins and evolution\, melding study of sensory systems with molecular ecology\, microbiome analysis\, metagenomi cs and field observations of primates.
Note we are meeting in a different location
In person: Kellogg Global Hub\, 2211 Campus Drive\, Room 1120
Remote option: https://northw estern.zoom.us/j/95713083124
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