Fields of Research

Research in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology focuses on the evolutionary history of the mammalian radiation containing the human species and on the origins of human nature. By being taxon-based, evolutionary anthropology is inherently interdisciplinary, and brings techniques and concepts from a variety of traditional academic disciplines to bear on the core questions of who we are and where we came from. These disciplines include evolutionary biology, archaeology, geology, paleontology, behavioral ecology, genetics, developmental biology, psychology, economics and other social sciences.

Charles L Nunn

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Campus Box: 90383, 106 Biological Sciences, Durham, NC 27708

clnunn@duke.edu

Douglas Martin Boyer

Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology

doug.boyer@duke.edu

Steven E. Churchill

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: Duke University, Evolutionary Anthropology, 130 Science Drive, Room 108, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7314

churchy@duke.edu

I am a human paleontologist studying morphological and behavioral adaptation in archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Through comparative functional-morphological analysis of human fossil remains, coupled with investigation of the archeological record of...

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Sara Doyle

Lecturing Fellow, Senior of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 012 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 684-6582

sara.doyle@duke.edu

Ashley D Gosselin-Ildari

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 130 Science Dr, 102 Biological Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-1172

ashley.gosselin.ildari@duke.edu

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Kirk Johnson

Physical Therapist

Office: PO Box 61777, Durham, NC 27715

Campus Box: 2200 West Main St. Wing B, Box 104002, Durham, NC 27705

Phone: (919) 971-5509

krjohn@duke.edu

Retired from Duke University in 2006. Currently teaches 2 courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program: Body & Brain I, in the Fall semester, and Body & Brain II, in January. In addition teaches the Normal Body course in the School of Medicine, first year curriculum.

Claude Thurman Moorman

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Office: Wallace Bldg, Dssi Room 1214, 3475 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705

Campus Box: Box 3639 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

Phone: (919) 668-3087

t.moorman@duke.edu

V. Louise Roth

Professor in the Department of Biology

Office: 241 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90325, Durham, NC 27708-0325

Phone: (919) 660-7352

vlroth@duke.edu

In addition to conceptual work on the biological bases of
homology, variation, and parallel evolution, my research has
focused on evolutionary changes in size and shape in mammals:
the functional consequences of these changes, and the
evolutionary modifications of...

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Daniel Oliver Schmitt

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 203 Biological Sciences Buildi, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-5664

daniel.schmitt@duke.edu

My primary interest is in the evolution of primate locomotion. I am studying the mechanics of movement in primates and other vertebrates in the laboratory to understand the relationship between movement and postcranial morphology, and the unique nature of primates among mammals. Current...

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Kathleen Kovalevski Smith

Professor of Biology

Office: 130 Science Drive, Room 122 Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 684-3402

kksmith@duke.edu

My current work is a focus on the relation between evolution and development in the mammalian skull. My model system involves comparisons of development in placental and marsupial mammals. These mammals are characterized by different developmental trajectories, extending back to some of...

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Christine Elizabeth Wall

Research Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: Room 206B Biological Sciences Building, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 668-2543

christine.wall@duke.edu

The focus of my work is the functional and evolutionary anatomy of the head, with an emphasis on how the feeding apparatus works and how it influences and is influenced by other structures and functions. My research focuses primarily on the functional anatomy of extant and extinct primates, but...

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Douglas Martin Boyer

Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology

doug.boyer@duke.edu

Steven E. Churchill

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: Duke University, Evolutionary Anthropology, 130 Science Drive, Room 108, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7314

churchy@duke.edu

I am a human paleontologist studying morphological and behavioral adaptation in archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Through comparative functional-morphological analysis of human fossil remains, coupled with investigation of the archeological record of...

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Richard Frederick Kay

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 0013 Biological Sciences Building, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 684-2143

richard.kay@duke.edu

I have two areas of research:1) the evolution of primates in South America; and 2) the use of primate anatomy to reconstruct the phylogenetic history and adapations of living and extinct primates, especially Anthropoidea.

1) Evolution of primates and mammalian faunal evolution,...

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Blythe A. Williams

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 0013 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7385

I'm interested in the evolutionary
relationships and ecological adaptations of primates, with particular focus on the initial diversification of the order Primates, the origin of the Anthropoidea, and the early hominoid radiation. I am also interested in the effects of climate change on...

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Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology

Office: 130 Science Drive, Rm 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 660-7272

alberts@duke.edu

Leslie J. Digby

Associate Professor of the Practice

Office: 08A Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7398

ldigby@duke.edu

My research focuses on the  behavior and ecology of non-human primates, including how primates balance cooperation and competition in their breeding strategies. In addition, I examine how animals mitigate the costs of temperature extremes through behavior and the use of microhabitats. Our...

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Christine M. Drea

Earl D. McLean Professor

Office: 129 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, 08 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7367

I have two broad research interests, sexual differentiation and
social behavior, both focused on hyenas and primates. I am
particularly interested in unusual species in which the females
display a suite of masculinized characteristics, including male-
like or exaggerated...

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Kenneth Earl Glander

Professor with Tenure

Office: 130 Science Dr., 108 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 668-0267

glander@duke.edu

Primate ecology and social organization: the interaction between feeding patterns and social structure; evolutionary development of optimal group size and composition; factors affecting short and long-term demographic changes in stable groups; primate use of regenerating forests.
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Brian Hare

Associate Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 004 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7292

b.hare@duke.edu

Anne Pusey

James B. Duke Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 101 Biological Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 684-1848

anne.pusey@duke.edu

I am interested in understanding the evolution of sociality, social structure, and the patterns of competition, cooperation and social bonds in animal species, including humans. Most of my work has focused on social mammals: lions and chimpanzees. For the last twenty years I have worked almost...

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David Samson

Research Scientist, Senior

david.samson@duke.edu

Jenny Tung

Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 08 Bio Sci, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 668-4912

jenny.tung@duke.edu

Christine M. Drea

Earl D. McLean Professor

Office: 129 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, 08 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7367

I have two broad research interests, sexual differentiation and
social behavior, both focused on hyenas and primates. I am
particularly interested in unusual species in which the females
display a suite of masculinized characteristics, including male-
like or exaggerated...

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Brian Hare

Associate Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 004 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 660-7292

b.hare@duke.edu

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Evan L MacLean

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: Box 90383 Biological Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708-0999

Phone: (919) 660-7294

maclean@duke.edu

Anne Pusey

James B. Duke Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 101 Biological Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 684-1848

anne.pusey@duke.edu

I am interested in understanding the evolution of sociality, social structure, and the patterns of competition, cooperation and social bonds in animal species, including humans. Most of my work has focused on social mammals: lions and chimpanzees. For the last twenty years I have worked almost...

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David Samson

Research Scientist, Senior

david.samson@duke.edu

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Thomas T Struhsaker

Adjunct Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

tomstruh@duke.edu

Currently involved in ecological and demographic studies of the Udzungwa Red Colobus Monkey in the Udzungwa Mts. of Tanzania. The long-term goal of this project is to increase our understanding of this vulnerable, endemic species and to improve the conservation of it and its habitat along with...

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Jingzhi Tan

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 108 Biological Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

jingzhi.tan@duke.edu

Vanessa Woods

Research Scientist

Office: Rm 004A Biological Sciences, Durham, NC 27703

Campus Box: Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 684-4124

v.woods@duke.edu

Vanessa has worked at Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary in Congo since 2005. Her main research interest is the socio-sexual behavior of bonobos and chimpanzees.

Richard Frederick Kay

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 0013 Biological Sciences Building, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383

Phone: (919) 684-2143

richard.kay@duke.edu

I have two areas of research:1) the evolution of primates in South America; and 2) the use of primate anatomy to reconstruct the phylogenetic history and adapations of living and extinct primates, especially Anthropoidea.

1) Evolution of primates and mammalian faunal evolution,...

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Charles L Nunn

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Campus Box: 90383, 106 Biological Sciences, Durham, NC 27708

clnunn@duke.edu

Anne Daphne Yoder

Professor of Biology

Office: 128 Biol Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 660-7275

anne.yoder@duke.edu

My work integrates field inventory activities with molecular phylogenetic techniques and geospatial analysis to investigate Madagascar, an area of the world that is biologically complex, poorly understood, and urgently threatened. Madagascar has been designated as one of the most critical...

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