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Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution

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close up of orangutans face eating a plant

Dr. Erin Vogel shares her research on wild orangutans from the tropical forests of Sumatra and Borneo, illuminating how the diet, behavior, and metabolism of our primate cousins can provide insights on human conditions.

About the Speaker

erin vogel

Erin Vogel is associate 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. Dr. 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.

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