Michelle Sauther (Ph.D., Washington University, 1992; Associate Professor)

The major focus of my research is to better understand how both immediate and long term environmental factors interact with inter-individual variation to affect primate behavior and biology. In essence, I am very interested in how primates “negotiate” living within a variety of environments. How do they deal with both natural and human-induced changes? How does this affect their life history patterns, and growth and development, as well as disease ecology? My research is deeply inter-disciplinary, and brings together wildlife veterinarians, geneticists, biochemists, mechanical engineers, evolutionary morphologists and many others to truly address these issues from a synthetic perspective. Both my work and that of my students focus on a broad variety of research avenues that include conservation biology and genetics, as well as fragmentation, parasite and disease ecology.

Michelle Sauther

Selected Publications:

  • Cuozzo FP, Sauther ML, Yamashita N, Lawler RR, Brockman DK, Godfrey LR, Gould L, Jacky Youssouf IA, Lent C, Ratsirarson J, Richard AF, Scott JR, Sussman RW, Villers LM, Weber MA, †Willis G. 2008. A comparison of salivary pH in sympatric wild lemurs (Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi) at Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar. Am J Primatology 70:1-9.
  • Sauther ML and Cuozzo FP. 2008. Somatic and dental variation in living, wild ring-tailed lemurs. Folio Primatologica 79: 58-78.
  • Fish, K, Sauther ML, Loudon, JE and Cuozzo F. 2007. Coprophagy by wild ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in human-disturbed locations adjacent to the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar. American Journal of Primatology 69:713-718.
  • Miller DS, Sauther ML, Hunter-Ishikawa M, Fish K, Culbertson H, Cuozzo FP. Campbell, TW, Andrews GA, Chavey PS, Nachreiner R, Rumbeiha W, Stacewicz-Sapantzakis M, Lappin MR. 2007. Biomedical evaluation of free-ranging ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in three habitats at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 38:201-216.
  • Cuozzo FP and Sauther ML. 2006. Severe Wear and Tooth Loss in Wild Ring-Tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta): A Function of Dental Structure, Feeding Ecology, and Life History. Journal of Human Evolution 51: 490-505.
  • Gould L. and Sauther ML 2006. Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation. Springer.
  • Junge, RE and Sauther, ML. 2006. Overview on the Health and Disease Ecology of Wild Lemurs: Conservation Implications. In Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation. Gould L. and Sauther, M.L. (editors). Springer, pp. 423-440.
  • Sauther, ML, Fish, KD Cuozzo, FP Miller, DS Hunter-Ishikawa, M and Culbertson H. 2006. Patterns of health, disease, and behavior among wild ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta: effects of habitat and sex. In: Jolly A, Koyama N, Rasamimanana H, and Sussman RW. (eds.). Ring-tailed Lemur Biology. Springer, New York, New York, pp. 313-331.
  • Dufour DL and Sauther ML. 2002. Comparative and Evolutionary Dimensions of Human Pregnancy and Lactation. American Journal of Human Biology 14:585-602.
  • Sauther ML, Sussman RW and Cuozzo F. 2002. Dental and General Health in a Population of Wild Ring-tailed Lemurs: A Life History Approach. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 117: 122-132.