Jenny Tung, Associate Professor  

Jenny Tung

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary genetics of wild populations, particularly the relationship between genetic variation, environmental variation, and observable phenotypic variation of adaptive importance. I am especially interested in systems where concordant genetic, environmental, and phenotypic data are available (or can be produced) for the same individuals. These systems offer the opportunity to study how genotype-phenotype relationships may be modified by ecologically important environmental variation. Most of my work focuses on wild baboons, and most of these baboons are members of a long-term population living in the Amboseli Basin of southern Kenya. This population has been under continuous study since 1971 by the Amboseli Baboon Research Project ( My current projects focus on: 1) Hybridization between anubis baboons (Papio anubis) and yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus) in Amboseli and elsewhere in southern Kenya (collaboration with Marie Charpentier at CNRS-Montpellier) 2) The evolution of cis-regulatory variation in the Amboseli baboons, including its consequences for in vivo gene expression

Ph.D., Duke University, 2010

Office Location: 08 Bio Sci, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 668-4912
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Primate Biology
Genetics and Genomics

Research Categories: primate behavior, hybridization, gene regulation

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  1. Grieneisen, LE; Charpentier, MJE; Alberts, SC; Blekhman, R; Bradburd, G; Tung, J; Archie, EA, Genes, geology and germs: gut microbiota across a primate hybrid zone are explained by site soil properties, not host species., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 286 no. 1901 (April, 2019), pp. 20190431 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Devoto, AE; Santini, JM; Olm, MR; Anantharaman, K; Munk, P; Tung, J; Archie, EA; Turnbaugh, PJ; Seed, KD; Blekhman, R; Aarestrup, FM; Thomas, BC; Banfield, JF, Megaphages infect Prevotella and variants are widespread in gut microbiomes., Nature Microbiology, vol. 4 no. 4 (April, 2019), pp. 693-700 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Vilgalys, TP; Rogers, J; Jolly, CJ; Mukherjee, S; Tung, J, Evolution of DNA Methylation in Papio Baboons., Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 36 no. 3 (March, 2019), pp. 527-540 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Wango, TL; Musiega, D; Mundia, CN; Altmann, J; Alberts, SC; Tung, J, Climate and Land Cover Analysis Suggest No Strong Ecological Barriers to Gene Flow in a Natural Baboon Hybrid Zone, International Journal of Primatology, vol. 40 no. 1 (February, 2019), pp. 53-70 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Rogers, J; Raveendran, M; Harris, RA; Mailund, T; Leppälä, K; Athanasiadis, G; Schierup, MH; Cheng, J; Munch, K; Walker, JA; Konkel, MK; Jordan, V; Steely, CJ; Beckstrom, TO; Bergey, C; Burrell, A; Schrempf, D; Noll, A; Kothe, M; Kopp, GH; Liu, Y; Murali, S; Billis, K; Martin, FJ; Muffato, M; Cox, L; Else, J; Disotell, T; Muzny, DM; Phillips-Conroy, J; Aken, B; Eichler, EE; Marques-Bonet, T; Kosiol, C; Batzer, MA; Hahn, MW; Tung, J; Zinner, D; Roos, C; Jolly, CJ; Gibbs, RA; Worley, KC; Baboon Genome Analysis Consortium,, The comparative genomics and complex population history of Papio baboons., Science Advances, vol. 5 no. 1 (January, 2019), pp. eaau6947 [doi]  [abs].