Charles Nunn

    Evolutionary Anthropology and The Duke Global Health Institute



Current Position

Professor, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and the Global Health Institute, Duke University.  July 2013 to present.

Director, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM).  2014 to present website


Education and Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.
2008 to June 2013.

Research Scientist (C3 Group Leader), Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, 2005-2008.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, 2004-June 2008.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Section of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis, 2001-2004. Mentors: Michael Sanderson and Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of Virginia, 1999-2001. Mentors: Janis Antonovics and John Gittleman

Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, 1993-1999, Advisor: Carel van Schaik

Postbaccalaureate Student, Biology and Anthropology, University of Washington, 1992

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987-1991



Research Support and Honors

National Science Foundation (BCS-1355902, Biological Anthropology), “Using Primate Comparative Biology to Understand Human Uniqueness” (PI: C.L. Nunn, $234,495, April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017).

National Science Foundation (DEB-1556288), “Collaborative Research: The Role on Watering Holes in Concentrating Parasites in a Changing Climate” (PIs: H. Young and C.L. Nunn, $150,000, May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2019).

Duke Bass Connections Program in Global Health, “Cookstoves and Air Pollution in Madagascar: Finding 'Winning' Solutions for Human Health and Biodiversity” (PI: C.L. Nunn, C. Welsh, and S. Pattanayak, $48,000).

Duke Bass Connections Program in Global Health ($34,000, Global Health Theme), “Shining Evolutionary Light on Global Health Challenges” (PIs: C.L. Nunn, D. Schmitt and A. Rodrigo).

National Science Foundation (BCS-0923791, Physical Anthropology), “Phylogenetic Comparative Methods in Biological Anthropology” (PI: C.L. Nunn, September 2009 to August 2011, $317,474).

National Science Foundation (EF-0723939, Ecology of Infectious Disease Program), Microparasite-Macroparasite Interactions: Dynamics of Co-Infection and Implications for Disease Control (PIs: V. Ezenwa, G.H. Luikart, C.L. Nunn and A.E. Jolles, $2,200,000, $116,279 to CLN)

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) Working Group, How Does Cognition Evolve? (PIs: C. L.Nunn and B. Hare)

National Institutes of Health (RO1-MH070415-01A1), The Phylogeny of Sleep (PIs: P. McNamara, C.L. Nunn and R. Barton; total $1,082,064, $316,113 to CLN)

Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International, The Role of Pathogens in the Conservation of Biological Diversity (Renewal) ($84,100, $26,000 to CLN)

National Science Foundation (DEB-0211908, Ecology), Understanding the Diversity of Parasites and Infectious Diseases in Three Mammalian Orders (PIs: C.L. Nunn and S. Altizer, July 2001-June 2006, total: $441,060, $251,948 to C.L.N.)

Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International, The Role of Pathogens in the Conservation of Biological Diversity (July 2002-June 2004, $84,300)

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Working Group (PIs: C.L. Nunn and S. Altizer, October 2000-June 2003, $60,080 to cover four meetings)

National Science Foundation (BCS-0323793), Comparative Method Development Within Anthropology (PIs: M. Borgerhoff Mulder & C.L. Nunn, August 2003-July 2004, $50,174)

National Science Foundation (BCS-0132927), Comparative Methods in Anthropology (PIs: M. Borgerhoff Mulder & C.L. Nunn, July 2002-June 2004, $120,003)

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biological Informatics (PI: C.L. Nunn, $100,000)

National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship (3 years stipend + tuition)

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant ($5800).



Editorial Service

Senior Editor, Evolution Medicine and Public Health (2014 to present).

Associate Editor: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (July 2001 to present)

Editorial Board: Biology Letters (January 2005 to 2011)

Reviewing Editor: EcoHealth (September 2007 to present)

Associate Editor: Journal of Animal Ecology (January 2008 to January 2009)