Charles L Nunn

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

Selected Grants

One Health Innovation Fellowships for Zoonotic Disease Research in Mongolia awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2013 to 2019

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

2018 Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute Workshop awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Principal Investigator). 2018

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

TriCEM Showcase awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) Showcase awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

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

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


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, Bray, J, and Nunn, CL. "The cost of deep sleep: Environmental influences on sleep regulation are greater for diurnal lemurs." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166.3 (July 2018): 578-589. Full Text

Miller, IF, Schneider-Crease, I, Nunn, CL, and Muehlenbein, MP. "Estimating infection prevalence: Best practices and their theoretical underpinnings." Ecology and Evolution 8.13 (July 2018): 6738-6747. Full Text

Park, AW, Farrell, MJ, Schmidt, JP, Huang, S, Dallas, TA, Pappalardo, P, Drake, JM, Stephens, PR, Poulin, R, Nunn, CL, and Davies, TJ. "Characterizing the phylogenetic specialism-generalism spectrum of mammal parasites." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285.1874 (March 2018). Full Text

Nunn, CL, and Samson, DR. "Sleep in a comparative context: Investigating how human sleep differs from sleep in other primates." American journal of physical anthropology (February 14, 2018). Full Text

Dallas, T, Huang, S, Nunn, C, Park, AW, and Drake, JM. "Estimating parasite host range." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 284.1861 (August 2017). Full Text

Schneider-Crease, I, Griffin, RH, Gomery, MA, Dorny, P, Noh, JC, Handali, S, Chastain, HM, Wilkins, PP, Nunn, CL, Snyder-Mackler, N, Beehner, JC, and Bergman, TJ. "Identifying wildlife reservoirs of neglected taeniid tapeworms: Non-invasive diagnosis of endemic Taenia serialis infection in a wild primate population." PLoS neglected tropical diseases 11.7 (July 13, 2017): e0005709-. Full Text

Samson, DR, Crittenden, AN, Mabulla, IA, Mabulla, AZP, and Nunn, CL. "Chronotype variation drives night-time sentinel-like behaviour in hunter-gatherers." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 284.1858 (July 2017). 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 29.4 (July 2017). Full Text

Young, HS, McCauley, DJ, Dirzo, R, Nunn, CL, Campana, MG, Agwanda, B, Otarola-Castillo, ER, Castillo, ER, Pringle, RM, Veblen, KE, Salkeld, DJ, Stewardson, K, Fleischer, R, Lambin, EF, Palmer, TM, and Helgen, KM. "Interacting effects of land use and climate on rodent-borne pathogens in central Kenya." Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 372.1722 (June 2017). Full Text