Jason M. Kamilar

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
102 Machmer Hall

ISSR Scholar: 2017-18
Scholars Project Title: 
How is Sociality and Group Structure Related to Kinda Baboon Microbiome Diversity?

We need a broader context to understand the evolution of the human microbiome (i.e. the bacteria and other micro-organisms found on and in the body), especially with regard to the effects of sociality. Humans exhibit uniquely complex social systems, but the basic structure of human social interactions is also observed in other primate species. This study will be among the first to quantify and test hypotheses to explain variation in the microbiome diversity of a highly social nonhuman primate, the “Kinda” baboon of Zambia.

Selected Publications

  • Baden AL, Webster TH, Kamilar JM. 2016. Resource seasonality and reproductive state predict fission-fusion dynamics in a Malagasy strepsirrhine, Varecia variegataAmerican Journal of Primatology 78: 256-279.
  • Kamilar JM and Tecot SR. 2016. Anthropogenic and climatic effects on the distribution of Eulemur species: An ecological niche modeling approach. International Journal of Primatology 37: 47-68.
  • Rowan J, Kamilar JM, Beaudrot L, Reed KE. 2016. Strong influence of paleoclimate on the structure of modern African mammal communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20161207.
  • Kamilar JM and Tecot SR. 2015.Connecting proximate mechanisms and evolutionary patterns:  Pituitary gland size and mammalian life history. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1997-2008.
  • Kamilar JM and Atkinson QD.2014. Cultural assemblages show nested structure in humans and chimpanzees but not orangutans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111: 111-115.