Senior Genevieve Bennett has published work in the American Journal of Primatology comparing the gut microbiomes of endangered ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) residing in the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve (BMSR) in southwestern Madagascar. The research team found that gut microbiota of these lemurs varied in relation to the lemurs' social group, age, and habitat disturbance, although the variation is not as pronounced as it is in other primate species.
The article stems from work Bennett completed while working with Dr. Rob Knight, a former CU Boulder MCD Biology faculty member. The interdisciplinary team included a number of CU Boulder researchers, including Dr. Steven Leigh, Anthropology Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Michelle Sauther, Professor of Biological Anthropology; Dr. Katherine Amato, a postdoc with Dr. Leigh and now Assistant Professor at Northwestern; and Matthew Malone, a CU Boulder engineering student. Additionally, they collaborated with researchers at several academic institutions across the United States. The paper was published in May of this year. Read the full text of the article online here.