Abstract # 13462 Event # 195:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 01:00 PM-02:45 PM: (Room 313) Symposium


K. R. Amato1, E. Mallott1 and J. B. Clayton2
1Northwestern University, 1810 Hinman Ave, Evanston, IL 60208, USA, 2University of Minnesota
     There has been a recent explosion of research focused on understanding gut microbial contributions to human health, metabolism, and development. The gut microbiome has been shown to have multiple impacts on host biology, and host-gut microbe interactions are likely to be important for shaping health, ecology, behavior, development, and evolution not only in humans, but in a wide range of animal species. Non-human primate ecology and evolution are extremely well-studied, making NHPs an excellent system for exploring host-gut microbe interactions in these contexts. Nevertheless, NHP microbiome research currently lags behind that of humans. This symposium showcases current research in NHP gut microbiomes, highlighting the work of early career scholars. Specifically, it explores the factors shaping the NHP gut microbiome across a range of host species, environmental contexts, and time scales. The symposium also addresses how host-microbe relationships affect host health and physiology, as well as how anthropogenic interactions influence the NHP gut microbiome. Our goal is to facilitate further discussion around the mechanisms behind NHP microbiome assembly and continue to lay a foundation for future work examining the biological consequences of hosting these communities.