The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2020)


Session 68. Life History and the Gut Microbiome. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Amy Lu Co-organizers: Amato, Katherine R (Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA)

April 18, 2020 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Diamond 10 Add to calendar

Life history processes such as development, reproduction, and somatic maintenance contribute to an organism’s health and reproductive success. Although researchers across a number of fields have long recognized the importance of genetic, ecological, and physiological factors (e.g., hormones) that influence these processes, recent work indicates that the gut microbiome is a missing piece of the puzzle. The gut microbiome is established during infancy and can affect the development and function of host metabolism, the immune system, and the nervous system. Therefore, the microbes an individual is exposed to during this period can alter trajectories of energy allocation with direct implications for life history. Shifts in the gut microbiome may also facilitate specialized forms of energy extraction during energetically costly life history stages such as infancy, gestation, and lactation, and established effects of the gut microbiome on immune function may play a role in somatic maintenance and the pace of aging. Finally, the gut microbiome is an ecological community characterized by competitive interactions in which enrichment for certain microbial taxa and functions (e.g., energy extraction) may result in a loss of other taxa and functions. The physiological consequences of these dynamics may contribute to tradeoffs often referenced in life history theory. This symposium will highlight cutting edge research in areas of microbiome research relevant to life history, with the goal of integrating data from both humans and nonhuman primates, as well as from clinical and evolutionary perspectives. By encouraging dialogue among a diverse group of scientists, we hope to further advance this emerging field and contribute more broadly to our understanding of life history theory. 

Discussant: Steven Leigh
1 Add to calendar The gut microbiome and reproductive state in two Old World primates. Amy Lu, Katherine R. Amato, Alice M. Baniel, Jacinta C. Beehner, Thore J. Bergman, Carola Borries, Andreas Koenig, Elizabeth K. Mallott, Noah Snyder-Mackler.
2 Add to calendar Strain-level variation in bacteria across reproduction in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus). Elizabeth K. Mallott.
3 Add to calendar Do behavioral and gut microbiome shifts associate with changing reproductive states in wild primates?. Shasta E. Webb, Joseph D. Orkin, Rachel E. Williamson, Amanda D. Melin.
4 Add to calendar Maturation and stabilization of the infant gut microbiome in wild geladas. Alice Baniel, Jacinta C. Beehner, Thore J. Bergman, Arianne Mercer, Lauren Petrullo, Laurie Reitsema, Sierra Sams, Noah Snyder-Mackler, Amy Lu.
5 Add to calendar Postnatal vertical transmission is associated with maternal parity and offspring growth in captive vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus). Lauren Petrullo, Matthew Jorgensen, Noah Snyder-Mackler, Amy Lu.
6 Add to calendar  Microbial communities as mediators of disease, malnutrition, and growth in Highland Peru. Clare Super, Morgan K. Hoke, Sahana Kuthyar, Katherine Amato.
7 Add to calendar Early life environments predict gut microbiome composition of adult women in Cebu, Philippines. Katherine R. Amato, Sahana Kuthyar, Priyanka Pradhan, Delia Carba, Judith Borja, Thomas W. McDade, Christopher W. Kuzawa.
8 Add to calendar Age-associated changes in the microbiome of rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago. Mareike C. Janiak, Michael J. Montague, Catalina Villamil, Michala K. Stock, Amber E. Trujillo, Allegra DePasquale, Joseph D. Orkin, Samuel E. Bauman Surrat, Olga Gonzalez, Michael L. Platt, Melween Martinez, Susan C. Antón, Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Amanda D. Melin, James P. Higham.
9 Add to calendar Genomic and phenotypic diversity of antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli isolated from the gut microbiome of non-industrial populations. Sharmily Khanam, Nisha B. Patel, Lindsey O'Neil, Alexandra Obregon-Tito, Raul Tito, Emilio Guija, Luzmila Troncoso, Luis Martin, Christina Warinner, Cecil M. Lewis, Krithivasan Sankaranarayanan.