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Amanda D. Melin


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts

(403) 210-7579

University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts
Earth Sciences Room 710D
2500 University Drive NW
T2N 1N4

Cumming School of Medicine
HM 223
3330 Hospital Drive NW
T2N 4N1

Research Activities: 

My lab is involved in a broad range of research focused on the intersection of genomics, sensory systems, dietary ecology and behaviour of nonhuman and human primates. We take an integrative approach to answering questions about how primates adapt - in the short and long term - to seasonal and interannual shifts in climate and diet. Our research follows three main themes: 1) responses of the intestinal microbiome to environmental variation in wild primates; 2) human sensory ecology, with a focus on how subsistence strategies shape olfactory, visual and gustatory systems; 3) primate sensory evolution and ecology, with a focus on how genetic variation within and between species shapes food choice and niche divergence.

Research Areas: 
Sensory ecology; diet and foraging behavior
molecular ecology and genomics of primates
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • M.A. (Master of Arts)