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Charles L Nunn, Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health 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/


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 • 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; Vining, A; Nunn, CL, Sleep influences cognitive performance in lemurs., Animal Cognition, vol. 22 no. 5 (September, 2019), pp. 697-706 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Herrera, J; Nunn, CL, Behavioural ecology and infectious disease: implications for conservation of biodiversity., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 374 no. 1781 (September, 2019), pp. 20180054 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Melvin, E; Samson, D; Nunn, CL, Eulerian videography technology improves classification of sleep architecture in primates., Primates; Journal of Primatology (August, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Herrera, JP; Chakraborty, D; Rushmore, J; Altizer, S; Nunn, C, The changing ecology of primate parasites: Insights from wild-captive comparisons., American Journal of Primatology, vol. 81 no. 7 (July, 2019), pp. e22991 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Miller, IF; Churchill, SE; Nunn, CL, Speeding in the slow lane: Phylogenetic comparative analyses reveal that not all human life history traits are exceptional., Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 130 (May, 2019), pp. 36-44 [doi]  [abs]

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