Michelle L. Sauther


Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder USA.

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Primate ecologist


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Behavior EcologyParasitesTaxonomy

As a primate ecologist I am interested in how habitat change affects the behavior and the biology of Madagascar primates. My work focuses on how primate populations directly respond to forest degradation, fragmentation. Since 2003 my project on wild ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta,  studies how both immediate and long term environmental factors, such as climate and anthropogenic change affect Malagasy primate behavior and biology. Key components include yearly monitoring of health and population dynamics. This data set is unrivaled among current primate research, and is extremely relevant to on-going work on the effects of climate and habitat change on the world’s endangered animals and how primates adapt to such changes.

Domaines d’expertise/Area of expertise: Behavior, ecology, morphometrics, parasites and maladies

Espèces étudiées / Species: Lemur catta (the ring-tailed lemur)

1.        Gould L. and Sauther M.L. 2006 Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation. Springer.

2.       Bennett G, Malone M, Sauther M, Cuozzo F, White B, Nelson KE, Stumpf RM, Knight R, Leigh S, Amato KR. 2016. Host age, social group and habitat type influence the gut microbiota of wild, ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta).  American Journal of Primatology 78:883-892. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22555.

3.       Cuozzo FP, Head BR, Sauther ML, Ungar PS, O’Mara TS. 2014. Sources of tooth wear variation in life among known-aged wild ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar. AJP. 76:1037-1048. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22291

4.      Sauther ML, Cuozzo FP, Youssouf IAJ, LaFleur ML, Fish KD, Ravelohasindrazana LAL and Ravoavy JF. 2013. Limestone cliff-face and cave use by wild ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in southwestern Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation and Development. 82:73-80.

5.       Loudon JE, Sauther, ML. 2013. Verreaux’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) and ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) endoparasitism at the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve. Madagascar Conservation and Development 8: 21-28.

6.       Sauther ML, Cuozzo FP. 2009. The impact of fallback foods on wild ring-tailed lemur biology: A comparison of intact and anthropogenically disturbed habitats. Special Symposium Issue: The Importance of Fallback Foods in Primate Evolution. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140: 671-686.

7.       Sauther ML and Cuozzo FP. 2008. Somatic variation in living, wild ring-tailed lemurs. Folio Primatologica 79: 58-78. DOI: 10.1159/000108589.

8.       Miller DS, Sauther ML, Hunter-Ishikawa M, Fish K, Culbertson H, Cuozzo FP. Campbell, TW, Andrews GA, Chavey PS, Nachreiner R, Rumbeiha W, Stacewicz-Sapantzakis M, Lappin MR. 2007. Biomedical evaluation of free-ranging ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in three habitats at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 38:201-216.

9.       Sauther ML, Gould L, Cuozzo FP, O’Mara MT. 2015. Ring-Tailed Lemurs – A Species Reimagined: Introduction to the Symposium  Issue. IN Ring-Tailed Lemurs – A Species Reimagined. Sauther ML, Gould L, Cuozzo FP and O’Mara MT (editors). Special Topic Issue. Folia Primatologica. 86:5-13. DOI:10.1159/000370321.

10.    Sauther, ML, Fish, KD Cuozzo, FP Miller, DS Hunter-Ishikawa, M and Culbertson H. 2006. Patterns of health, disease, and behavior among wild ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta: effects of habitat and sex. In: Ring-tailed Lemur Biology. Jolly A, Koyama N, Rasamimanana H,  and Sussman RW. (Eds.). Springer, New York, New York, pp. 313-331.