The use of plants by humans and non-human primates in altered landscapes: diet flexibility or local adaptation?

Leading researcher: Isa Aleixo Pais
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Primatology | Behavioural plasticity | Conservation genomics | Ethnobotany


Main institution: Cardiff University
Participant institutions: CRIA
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/118444/2016
Starting date: 01-04-17

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Abstract

Most forest ecosystems are being rapidly altered due to natural and/or anthropogenic factors. These changes affect food availability, posing great challenges to forest-dwelling primates. Although most primates are negatively affected by habitat degradation, some can adapt their diet and thus are more resilient to such changes. To understand the impacts of habitat fragmentation and degradation, our project combines ecological and Next Generation Sequencing approaches to characterize the diet flexibility of three sympatric West African nonhuman primates, with different levels of forest dependency, in fragmented (Guinea-Bissau) and non-fragmented habitats (Sierra Leone). As primates are not the only plant consumers, we will assess the use of wild plants by local communities using ethnobotanical approaches. This multi-disciplinary study this constitutes a unique opportunity to evaluate the use of plants by both humans and non-human primates and potentially contribute to the implementation of a community-based conservation strategy in the two areas.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub481*Tânia MinhósSupervisorproj326*The use of plants by humans and non-human primates in altered landscapes: diet flexibility or local adaptation?Doctoral researchOngoing
pub6*Amélia Frazão MoreiraSupervisorproj326*The use of plants by humans and non-human primates in altered landscapes: diet flexibility or local adaptation?Doctoral researchOngoing
pub544*Isa Aleixo PaisResearch scholarproj326*The use of plants by humans and non-human primates in altered landscapes: diet flexibility or local adaptation?Doctoral researchOngoing
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Michael BrufordSupervisorCardiff Universityproj326*The use of plants by humans and non-human primates in altered landscapes: diet flexibility or local adaptation?