Potsdam PhD student hosting Science Café on studying primates
POTSDAM — Clarkson University biology PhD student Alicia Lamb will present “Primates and Poop: The Importance of Non-Invasive Data Collection from Wild Lemurs & Bonobos” at the next Clarkson University Science Café at 7:15 p.m on Wednesday, Feb 24.
How can conservation scientists effectively monitor the health status of endangered species in the wild? They must go to the source! When it comes to using careful, responsible and non-invasive methods of data collection while evaluating endangered animals in their natural habitat, one of the best methods involves collecting and studying the waste of these at-risk species. Fecal matter contains a wealth of clues about the species’ biological and social health – from diet composition to disease prevalence and even the amount of stress individuals are experiencing.Analyses of the gut microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in the digestive tract of mammals, can also provide critical insight into differences between populations of the same species. Alicia Lamb (Biology PhD Student, Clarkson University) will present firsthand experiences studying wild primate species, such as lemurs of Madagascar and bonobos in the Congo, and the valuable information we can learn from their feces.
Traditionally, Science Cafés have brought together local university and college professors and townspeople in relaxed, informal settings, such as coffeehouses and pubs. For the health and safety of all, the events have shifted to ZOOM, a virtual platform for the spring 2021 talks. The speaker will make a short presentation about a topic in his or her field and, as always, there will be time for questions and discussion.
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Zoom meeting links for each talk [required to access the meeting] will be sent to all Science Café participants on the mailing list. To attend, send a request or any questions to [email protected] or visit http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe for updates.