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Charles L Nunn, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Research Professor of 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:  http://people.nunn-lab.org/charlie/
http://nunn-lab.org

Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • EVANTH 590S.01, SP TOPICS Synopsis
    Bio Sci 101D, Th 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
  • EVANTH 590S.02, SP TOPICS Synopsis
    Bio Sci 101D, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • EVANTH 285.01, HUMAN HEALTH EVOL PERSPECTIVE Synopsis
    Bio Sci 144, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Education:

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

Behavioral Ecology and Physiology
Primate Ecology
Primate Biology
Keywords:

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 • 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)

Postdocs Mentored

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

  1. Samson, DR; Crittenden, AN; Mabulla, IA; Mabulla, AZP; Nunn, CL, Does the moon influence sleep in small-scale societies?, Sleep Health, vol. 4 no. 6 (December, 2018), pp. 509-514 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Kelly, CD; Stoehr, AM; Nunn, C; Smyth, KN; Prokop, ZM, Sexual dimorphism in immunity across animals: a meta-analysis., Ecology Letters, vol. 21 no. 12 (December, 2018), pp. 1885-1894 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Samson, DR; Bray, J; Nunn, CL, The cost of deep sleep: Environmental influences on sleep regulation are greater for diurnal lemurs., American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 166 no. 3 (July, 2018), pp. 578-589 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Miller, IF; Schneider-Crease, I; Nunn, CL; Muehlenbein, MP, Estimating infection prevalence: Best practices and their theoretical underpinnings., Ecology and Evolution, vol. 8 no. 13 (July, 2018), pp. 6738-6747 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Nunn, CL; Samson, DR, Sleep in a comparative context: Investigating how human sleep differs from sleep in other primates., American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 166 no. 3 (July, 2018), pp. 601-612 [doi]  [abs]


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