The Nunn Lab at Duke University

We investigate variation across primates, including humans.

Research areas include disease ecology, primate phylogeny, global health, and cultural variation.

Charles Nunn

Research Interests: Disease ecology and primate behavior

clnunn [at]  |  website

Joel Bray

Lab Manager
Research Interests: Comparative primatology, cognitive evolution, life history, development,
social networks, primate disease ecology

joel.bray [at]

Randi Griffin

Ph.D. student
Research Interests: Evolution, community ecology, vector-borne disease, agent-based modeling, conservation, public health

rgriff23 [at]  |  website

Previously: Research Assistant, Senior Honors Thesis
Collin McCabe

Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Cultural and epidemiological transmission dynamics

mccabe [at]  |  website
Caroline Rusk

Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Evolution of social complexity, consequences of group living

caroline.rusk [at]
India Schneider-Crease

Ph.D. Student
Research Interests: Parasite-host coevolution, disease ecology, anthropogenic habitat change

ias6 [at]
Hillary Young

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Interests: Infectious disease and community ecology

hyoung [at] | website

Lab Alumni

Christian Arnold

Research Fellow and Ph.D. Student, University of Leipzig
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, databases, and bioinformatics

achristian [at] | website
Carrie Brezine

Ph.D. Student, Archaeology (Completed 2011)
Research Interests: Ethnomathematics, textiles, and the Andes | website

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Michigan
Natalie Cooper

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interests: Comparative methods, phylogeography, and disease ecology | website

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin
Dan Driscoll

Undergraduate (Senior Honors Thesis, 2011)
Research Interests: Disease ecology and emerging infectious diseases

Current position: DAAD Fellow / Robert Koch Institute
Sarah Fennel

Summer Intern (Martin Luther King Scholar, NYU)
Research Interests: Behavioral ecology and global public health

Current position: University of Michigan (Physical Anthropology)
Mathias Franz

Ph.D. Student, Max Planck Institute (Completed 2010)
Research Interests: Evolution and dynamics of cultural transmission | website

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Göttingen
Chris Golden

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Interests: Ecology and epidemiology in the context of biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation | website
Katherine Kim

Undergraduate (Senior Honors Thesis, 2011)
Research Interests: Reproductive health, STDs, and mating patterns

Current position: Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellow (Paris)
Charlotte Lane

Undergraduate Researcher
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, primate development, and social learning
Diana Miao

Undergraduate Researcher
Research Interests: Disease ecology and phylogenetics
Luke Matthews

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interests: Behavioral evolution, phylogeny, and social learning | website

Current Position: MedNetworks
Moshood Omotayo

MPH Student, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Interests: Global health and infectious disease epidemiology
Mallory Owen

Undergraduate (Senior Honors Thesis, 2012)
Research Interests: Social learning and evolution of religion
Jordan Peart

Undergraduate (Senior Honors Thesis, 2012)
Research Interests: Emerging infections at the human-wildlife interface
James Pitt

Undergraduate Researcher
Research Interests: Health policy, disease ecology, and coinfection
Joanna Rifkin

Research Assistant
Research Interests: Evolution understood through ecology and genetics | website

Current Position: Duke University (Program in Genetics and Genomics)
Megan Srinivas

Undergraduate (Senior Honors Thesis, 2009)
Research Interests: Malaria and evolution of resistance

Current Position: University of Iowa Medical School
Sally Street

Visiting Ph.D. Student (University of St Andrews)
Research Interests: Phylogenetic comparative methods, sexual selection in primates | website

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at University of St Andrews
Li Zhu

Ph.D. Student, Statistics
Research Interests: Model selection, experimental design, and computational finance