Call for Abstracts

If you are submitting an abstract as first author, please email your abstract as a MS Word document to with “YOUR LAST NAME-Abstract” as the subject heading by September 15, 2013. Please indicate in your email whether your abstract is for a poster or a podium presentation. All first authors are required to register and pay the registration fee at the time of the abstract submission. Each first author can enter only one abstract.

The abstract must contain a clear statement of purpose, provide essential new information – including results of the investigation and conclusions – and address the importance of the findings for anthropology. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words in length (do not include tables, figures, graphs, or references). Please use the format of the example abstract below:


Hair δ13C and δ15N values in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) from Singapore

Schillaci, M.1, Castellini, J.M.2, Jones-Engel, L.3, Lee, B.B.Y.-H.4, and T.M. O’Hara5

1Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto Scarborough; 2Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Science University of Alaska Fairbanks; 3National Primate Research Center, University of Washington; 4Parks Division, National Parks Board, Singapore; 5Institute of Arctic Biology, Department of Biology and Wildlife University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The analysis of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes has become an important avenue of research for primatologists interested in the study of feeding ecology and nutrition in nonhuman primates. Until only recently much of the research on stable isotopes in nonhuman primates has focused on African and New World primates but not on Asian primates such as macaques.  In the following report we describe intra- and inter-group variation in stable isotope values in a population of long-tailed macaques in Singapore. In addition, we place the observed variation in stable isotopes within a larger context for the genus Macaca.  Our analysis revealed significant variability among geographic locations in δ13C but not δ 15N. The range of variation in δ13C was consistent with a diet based on C3 resources, with the group from one location (Bukit Timah) exhibiting a low value consistent with a closed canopy environment. Based on the significantly larger mean among group difference, Singapore exhibits a higher level of dietary heterogeneity as reflected by stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values than the macaques from Gibraltar and Nepal―the only other macaques for which intergroup differences have been reported. Our genus-wide comparison revealed that relative to other macaque species from Europe and Asia, the macaques from Singapore exhibit a high mean δ13C value but a mid-range mean δ15N value. These results are important because they contribute to our understanding of stable isotope variability in the genus Macaca.

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