Charles L Nunn

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Internal office address: 
90383, 106 Biological Sciences, Durham, NC 27708


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1999

Collaborative Research: The Role of Watering Holes in Concentrating Parasites in a Changing Climate awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

One Health Innovation Fellowships for Zoonotic Disease Research in Mongolia awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2013 to 2018

Mining the Gaps: Integrating Primate Comparative Biology and Human Evolution awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Impacts of Water Scarcity on the Behavior of Red-fronted Lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) in Western Madagascar awarded by Primate Conservation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Impacts of Water Scarcity on the Behavior of Red-Fronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) in Western awarded by Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Predator and Parasite: How Predator Distribution and Host Susceptibility Shape Patterns of Tapeworm-induced Disease in G awarded by Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Drivers of Disease in Primates: The Case of the Bulging Parasitic Cysts in Gelada Monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) awarded by Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Principal Investigator). 2016


McNamara, P, Barton, RA, and Nunn, CL. Evolution of sleep: Phylogenetic and functional perspectives. January 1, 2009. Full Text

Nunn, CL, and Zhu, L. "Phylogenetic prediction to identify “evolutionary singularities”." Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and their Application in Evolutionary Biology. January 1, 2014. 481-514. Full Text

McNamara, P, Nunn, CL, and Barton, RA. "Introduction." January 1, 2009. 1-11. Full Text

Capellini, I, Preston, BT, McNamara, P, Barton, RA, and Nunn, CL. "Ecological constraints on mammalian sleep architecture." Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives. January 1, 2009. 12-23. Full Text

Nunn, CL, McNamara, P, Capellini, I, Preston, BT, and Barton, RA. "Primate sleep in phylogenetic perspective." Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives. January 1, 2009. 123-144. Full Text

Samson, DR, Manus, MB, Krystal, AD, Fakir, E, Yu, JJ, and Nunn, CL. "Segmented sleep in a nonelectric, small-scale agricultural society in Madagascar." American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council (February 9, 2017). Full Text

Samson, DR, Crittenden, AN, Mabulla, IA, Mabulla, AZ, and Nunn, CL. "Hadza sleep biology: Evidence for flexible sleep-wake patterns in hunter-gatherers." American journal of physical anthropology (January 7, 2017). Full Text

Springer, A, Kappeler, PM, and Nunn, CL. "Dynamic vs. static social networks in models of parasite transmission: Predicting Cryptosporidium spread in wild lemurs." The Journal of animal ecology (December 14, 2016). Full Text

Samson, DR, Yetish, GM, Crittenden, AN, Mabulla, IA, Mabulla, AZP, and Nunn, CL. "What is segmented sleep? Actigraphy field validation for daytime sleep and nighttime wake." Sleep Health 2.4 (December 2016): 341-347. Full Text

Young, HS, Parker, IM, Gilbert, GS, Sofia Guerra, A, and Nunn, CL. "Introduced Species, Disease Ecology, and Biodiversity-Disease Relationships." Trends in ecology & evolution (October 28, 2016). (Review) Full Text

Stephens, PR, Altizer, S, Smith, KF, Alonso Aguirre, A, Brown, JH, Budischak, SA, Byers, JE, Dallas, TA, Jonathan Davies, T, Drake, JM, Ezenwa, VO, Farrell, MJ, Gittleman, JL, Han, BA, Huang, S, Hutchinson, RA, Johnson, P, Nunn, CL, Onstad, D, Park, A, Vazquez-Prokopec, GM, Schmidt, JP, and Poulin, R. "The macroecology of infectious diseases: a new perspective on global-scale drivers of pathogen distributions and impacts." Ecology letters 19.9 (September 2016): 1159-1171. (Review) Full Text

Borries, C, Sandel, AA, Koenig, A, Fernandez-Duque, E, Kamilar, JM, Amoroso, CR, Barton, RA, Bray, J, Di Fiore, A, Gilby, IC, Gordon, AD, Mundry, R, Port, M, Powell, LE, Pusey, AE, Spriggs, A, and Nunn, CL. "Transparency, usability, and reproducibility: Guiding principles for improving comparative databases using primates as examples." Evolutionary anthropology 25.5 (September 2016): 232-238. Full Text

Sandel, AA, Miller, JA, Mitani, JC, Nunn, CL, Patterson, SK, and Garamszegi, LZ. "Assessing sources of error in comparative analyses of primate behavior: Intraspecific variation in group size and the social brain hypothesis." Journal of human evolution 94 (May 2016): 126-133. Full Text

Young, HS, Dirzo, R, Helgen, KM, McCauley, DJ, Nunn, CL, Snyder, P, Veblen, KE, Zhao, S, and Ezenwa, VO. "Large wildlife removal drives immune defence increases in rodents." Ed. B Tschirren. Functional Ecology 30.5 (May 2016): 799-807. Full Text

Nunn, CL, Samson, DR, and Krystal, AD. "Shining evolutionary light on human sleep and sleep disorders." Evolution, medicine, and public health 2016.1 (January 2016): 227-243. (Review) Full Text