On June 6th, Dr. Erin Vogel gave a lecture titled “Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution” as part of a collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and The Leakey Foundation. During her talk at the fun SciCafe, Dr. Vogel shared information on her research focusing on wild orangutans from the tropical forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia on the island of Borneo, illuminating how the diet, behavior, and metabolism of our primate cousins provide insights on human health conditions.
The event was filled with people curious about orangutans and what we can learn from them.
Before the SciCafe, Dr. Vogel also went to Public School 86 (PS086) with the Leakey Foundation to give a talk to 200 6th grade students about her research on orangutans and also about orangutans conservation. She also gave a presentation to high schools students at the AMNH Teen SciCafe. Overall, an excellent day of education, science outreach, and exciting interactions!
You can learn more about Dr. Vogel and her work on her website CORE Borneo..