Population Health

Nutrition in Wild Orangutans: Insights into Human Health

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. Add to Calendar

During this lecture at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, primate dietary ecologist Dr. Erin Vogel will discuss how information from diet, behavior, and physiology can help us understand how orangutans are adapted for survival in Borneo’s forests and shed light on the current obesity epidemic in modern day humans. This lecture is presented by The Leakey Foundation in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo. It is sponsored by The Brown Foundation Inc., with additional support from Ann and Gordon Getty and Camilla and George Smith. Use code Lec$5off at checkout for a $5 discount per ticket. Dr. Erin Vogel is an assistant professor of anthropology and human evolutionary studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests revolve around how and why organisms acquire and select the food resources they need for survival. She studies how ecological variation influences the behavior, social organization, and morphology of non-human primates and early hominins. Vogel’s current research focuses on behavioral, physiological, and morphological adaptations to periods of fruit scarcity in wild orangutans. She examines how the properties of foods consumed by wild orangutans vary with the availability of preferred fruit.


Houston Museum of Natural Science

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