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Charles L Nunn, Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health

Charles L Nunn

My research addresses a range of questions in primate evolutionary ecology, with major research areas involving infectious disease, primate behavior, the evolution of sleep, and cultural trait dynamics. These research foci are rooted in a comparative perspective that examines variation across species on an evolutionary tree. I am especially passionate about my research on infectious disease; this area plays center stage in my research and teaching, and in my expanding field research. In addition to addressing questions of basic science, I apply ecological and evolutionary perspectives to address practical questions in the conservation of biodiversity and human health.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  106 Biological Sciences Building
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7281
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://tricem.org/

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • EVANTH 590S.01, SP TOPICS Synopsis
    Bio Sci 041, M 12:00 PM-02:30 PM

Ph.D.Duke University1999
Post-BaccalaureateUniversity of Washington1992
A.B.Dartmouth College1991

Behavioral Ecology and Physiology
Primate Ecology
Primate Biology

Allometry • Amygdala • Analysis of Variance • Animals • Artifacts • Behavioral Research • Biological Evolution • Biometry • Body Constitution • Brain • Brain Mapping • Classification • Cognition • Communication • Comparative Study • Computer Simulation • Cooperation • Data Collection • Diet • Energy Metabolism • Female • Food Chain • Hippocampus • Homing Behavior • Hominidae • Host-Parasite Interactions • Lemur • Male • Mammals • Maternal Age • Maternal Behavior • Memory • Models, Biological • Muser Mentor • Neocortex • Organ Size • Parasitism • Phylogeny • Predatory Behavior • Primates • Psychology, Comparative • Regression Analysis • Reproducibility of Results • Sexual selection • Sleep • Sleep, REM • Social Behavior • Software • Space Perception • Species Specificity • Statistics as Topic • Territoriality • Time Perception • Vocalization, Animal

Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Chase Nunez  
  • Caroline Rusk Amoro  
  • Randi Griffin  
  • India A Schneider-Crease  
  • Collin McCabe  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Debapriyo Chakraborty (October 15, 2015 - present)  
  • David Samson (July, 2014 - present)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Werner, CS; Kasan, K; Geyer, JK; Elmasri, M; Farrell, MJ; Nunn, CL, Using phylogeographic link‐prediction in primates to prioritize human parasite screening, American Journal of Biological Anthropology (August, 2022), WILEY [doi]
  2. Kauffman, K; Werner, CS; Titcomb, G; Pender, M; Rabezara, JY; Herrera, JP; Shapiro, JT; Solis, A; Soarimalala, V; Tortosa, P; Kramer, R; Moody, J; Mucha, PJ; Nunn, C, Comparing transmission potential networks based on social network surveys, close contacts and environmental overlap in rural Madagascar., Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, vol. 19 no. 186 (January, 2022), pp. 20210690 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Voinson, M; Nunn, CL; Goldberg, A, Primate malarias as a model for cross-species parasite transmission., Elife, vol. 11 (January, 2022), pp. e69628 [doi]  [abs]
  4. McKinnon, L; Samson, DR; Nunn, CL; Rowlands, A; Salvante, KG; Nepomnaschy, PA, Technological infrastructure, sleep, and rest-activity patterns in a Kaqchikel Maya community., Plos One, vol. 17 no. 11 (January, 2022), pp. e0277416 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Herrera, JP; Moody, J; Nunn, CL, Predictions of primate-parasite coextinction., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 376 no. 1837 (November, 2021), pp. 20200355 [doi]  [abs]

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