The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)


Session 50. Understanding primate communities across spatial, temporal, and phylogenetic scales. Invited Podium Symposium. Chair: Jason Kamilar, Lydia Beaudrot and Kaye Reed

Saturday Afternoon, Ballroom A Add to calendar

Understanding the factors influencing the diversity of primate communities is important for studies of primate evolutionary history, primate behavioral ecology, and the development of conservation strategies. Previous research on primate communities has focused largely on present day communities of primates with less attention given to historical communities, the role of spatial scale in structuring communities, or interactions between primates and other taxa. It has been more than 10 years since a symposium on primate communities has been convened. During this time, there have been important advances in GIS, ecological informatics, macroecology, and phylogenetics, which have enabled scientists to address new questions in community ecology research and have focused attention on the importance of variation in spatial, temporal and phylogenetic scales for structuring communities.This symposium will uniquely include a wide variety of perspectives to understand the diversity of both present and past primate communities across a variety of scales. We will discuss the current state of primate community ecology and paleoecology research, the availability of new methods and data, and future directions in the field. Participants will come from several specialties relevant to primate communities, including behavioral ecology, conservation biology, biogeography, and paleoecology. This will promote valuable discussion among scientists and undoubtedly draw attention to promising directions for synthetic research across subfields.

1:00-1:15 Add to calendar Why study primate communities? The importance for anthropology and ecology, current knowledge, and future directions. Jason M. Kamilar, Lydia Beaudrot, Kaye E. Reed.
1:15-1:30 Add to calendar Correlates of dispersal limitation in African mammal communities. Lydia Beaudrot, Jason M. Kamilar, Kaye E. Reed.
1:30-1:45 Add to calendar Using spatial structural equation modeling as a novel approach to understanding primate community composition and diversity. Katherine H. Bannar-Martin.
1:45-2:00 Add to calendar Exploring phylogenetic beta diversity in Neotropical primate assemblages: historical, ecological and neutral processes underlying patterns of nestedness and turnover. Maria M. Gavilanez, Richard D. Stevens.
2:00-2:15 Add to calendar Evolutionary Ecology of Pitheciinae Communities: Evidence for Energetic Equivalence or Phylogenetically Structured Environmental Variation?. Shawn M. Lehman.
2:15-2:30 Add to calendar Feeding niche overlap and differentiation among sympatric vertebrate frugivores at Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Andrew J. Marshall.
2:30-2:45 Add to calendar Primates on the menu: predation as a factor affecting primate communities. Laura R. Bidner.
2:45-3:00 Add to calendar Shifting the focus in primate community ecology: Utilizing patch focals to study unhabituated dry habitat chimpanzees. Samantha M. Russak.
3:15-3:30 Add to calendar Parasites and Primate Communities: Amplification and Dilution Effects. Charles L. Nunn, Hillary S. Young, Randi H. Griffin, Julia Clark.
3:30-3:45 Add to calendar African primate, carnivore and ungulate communities exhibit a proclivity toward random phylogenetic structure. Kaye E. Reed, Jason M. Kamilar, Lydia Beaudrot.
3:45-4:00 Add to calendar Biogeographic evolution of Madagascar's primate communities: endemism, elevation, and the fossil record. Kathleen M. Muldoon, Laurie R. Godfrey.
4:00-4:15 Add to calendar The dietary competitive environment of early Eocene euprimates in North America. Laura K. Stroik.
4:15-4:30 Add to calendar Primate paleocommunities in the early Miocene of Africa: Why are apes and monkeys so rarely found together?. Ari Grossman.
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