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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/

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • EVANTH 590S.01, SP TOPICS Synopsis
    Bio Sci 041, W 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 • 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. Gray, GC; Robie, ER; Studstill, CJ; Nunn, CL, Mitigating Future Respiratory Virus Pandemics: New Threats and Approaches to Consider., Viruses, vol. 13 no. 4 (April, 2021) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Mckinnon, L; Samson, DR; Nunn, CL; Rowlands, A; Salvante, KG; Nepomnaschy, PA, Is Sleep Disturbance in Menopause Explained by Evolutionary Mismatch? Evidence from Three Cohorts of Guatemalan Maya, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 174 (March, 2021), pp. 69-69
  3. Solis, A; Nunn, CL, One health disparities and COVID-19., Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, vol. 9 no. 1 (January, 2021), pp. 70-77 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Herrera, JP; Wickenkamp, NR; Turpin, M; Baudino, F; Tortosa, P; Goodman, SM; Soarimalala, V; Ranaivoson, TN; Nunn, CL, Effects of land use, habitat characteristics, and small mammal community composition on Leptospira prevalence in northeast Madagascar., Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 14 no. 12 (December, 2020), pp. e0008946 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Teitelbaum, CS; Amoroso, CR; Huang, S; Davies, TJ; Rushmore, J; Drake, JM; Stephens, PR; Byers, JE; Majewska, AA; Nunn, CL, A comparison of diversity estimators applied to a database of host–parasite associations, Ecography, vol. 43 no. 9 (September, 2020), pp. 1316-1328 [doi]  [abs]

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