My research combines the tools of nutrition, physiology, microbial ecology, and anthropology to answer critical questions in organismal biology. Specifically, I study the gut microbiota and how its responses to shifts in host diet or physiology affect host nutrition and health. Such interactions are likely to affect host fitness and have important  implications for host ecology and evolution. My work addresses these topics in both non-human primates and humans.

Thursday
May012014

Field Course

I had a great time teaching the Primate Biology course at Ometepe Island, Nicaragua in December 2013-January 2014 through the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy.  

Tuesday
Oct292013

New Paper

Amato, K.R. (2013). Co-evolution in context: The importance of studying gut microbiomes in wild animals. Microbiome Science and Medicine. 1: 10-29. doi: 10.2478/micsm-2013-0002.

 Check it out: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/micsm.2013.1.issue/issue-files/micsm.2013.1.issue.xml

 

Wednesday
Oct232013

New Position

I am now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder with Steve Leigh and Rob Knight!

Wednesday
Mar272013

New Paper

Amato, K.R., S. Van Belle, B. Wilkinson. (2013). A comparison of scan and focal sampling for the description of wild primate activity, diet, and intragroup spatial relationships. Folia Primatologica. 84: 87-101.

Check it out: http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/348305

Thursday
Mar142013

New Paper

Amato, K.R., C.J. Yeoman, A. Kent, N. Righini, F. Carbonero, A. Estrada, H.R. Gaskins, R. Stumpf, S. Yildirim, M. Torralba, M. Gillis, B. Wilson, K. Nelson, B. White, S.R. Leigh. (2013). Habitat degradation impacts black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) gastrointestinal microbes. The ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.16.

Check it out: http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/pdf/ismej201316a.pdf