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.

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Debapriyo Chakraborty

Visiting Scholar

Office: Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: 919-613-0998

Fax: 919-660-7348

dc227@duke.edu

Steffen Foerster

Senior Research Scientist

Office: 206A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7282

steffen.foerster@duke.edu

Charles L Nunn

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
(joint with Duke Global Health Institute)

Office: 106 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7281

Fax: 919-660-7348

charles.nunn@duke.edu

My research addresses a range of questions in primate evolutionary ecology, with major research areas involving infectious disease, primate behavior, the evolution of sleep, and cultural trait dynamics. These research foci are rooted in a comparative perspective that examines variation across...

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Douglas Martin Boyer

Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: Biological Sciences Building

Phone: (919) 668-3348

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,

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7314

Fax: (919) 660-7348

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 prehistoric human...

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Sara Doyle

Lecturing Fellow, Senior of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 012 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-6582

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

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

Phone: (919) 684-1172

Fax: (919) 6607348

Office Hours: Wednesday 1 - 4 pm

ashley.gosselin.ildari@duke.edu

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Kirk R. Johnson

Visiting Lecturer

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 Surgery
(primary appt: Orthopaedics)

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

Campus Box: 3639 Med Ctr

Phone: (919) 668-3087

t.moorman@duke.edu

V. Louise Roth

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
(primary appt: Biology)

Office: 241 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90325

Phone: (919) 660-7352

Fax: 919-660-7293 [shared, departmental]

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 ontogenetic processes that...

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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: 90383

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 Evolutionary Anthropology
(primary appt: Biology)

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

Campus Box: 90338

Phone: (919) 684-3402

Fax: 919

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 the...

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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: 90383

Phone: (919) 668-2543

Fax: (919) 660-7348

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

Office: Biological Sciences Building

Phone: (919) 668-3348

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,

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7314

Fax: (919) 660-7348

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 prehistoric human...

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Richard Frederick Kay

Professor of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy
(joint with Earth and Ocean Sciences)

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

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-2143

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

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, especially in...

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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: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7385

Fax: (919) 660-7348

blythe@duke.edu

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 the...

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Susan C. Alberts

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology & Anatomy
(primary appt: Biology)

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

Campus Box: 90338

Phone: (919) 660-7272

Fax: (919) 660-7293

alberts@duke.edu

Leslie J. Digby

Associate Professor of the Practice

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

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7398

Fax: (919) 660-7348

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 and Wednesdays 1-2:30 and by appointment

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
(joint with Duke Science & Society)

Office: 129 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7367

Fax: (919) 660-7348

cdrea@duke.edu

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 external genitalia and...

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Steffen Foerster

Senior Research Scientist

Office: 206A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7282

steffen.foerster@duke.edu

Kenneth Earl Glander

Professor with Tenure

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

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 668-0267

Fax: (919) 660-7348

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.

Brian Hare

Associate Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
(joint with Duke Science & Society)

Office: 004 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7292

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

b.hare@duke.edu

What is human about our mind and brain and how did it get that way?Brian Hare leads the The Hominoid Psychology Research Group (www.3chimpsduke.com) which compares the psychology of hominoids (human and non-human apes). Specifically, we seek to identify...

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Anne Pusey

James B. Duke Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 101 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-4124

Fax: (919) 684-8542

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

Office: 107 Biological Sciences Building

Phone: (919) 613-0998

drsamson@gmail.com

Noah Snyder-Mackler

Research Scientist, Senior
(joint with Duke Population Research Institute)

Office: 002A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-3910

noah.snyder.mackler@duke.edu

Jenny Tung

Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
(joint with Biology)

Office: 08 Bio Sci, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 668-4912

Fax: (919) 660-7348

jenny.tung@duke.edu

The interplay between genes and behavior is the focus of research in the Tung lab. Specifically, we are interested in how genetic differences and gene regulatory effects shape behavioral traits, and in the reciprocal influence of social and behavioral variation on genetic variation and genome...

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Christine M. Drea

Earl D. McLean Professor
(joint with Duke Science & Society)

Office: 129 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7367

Fax: (919) 660-7348

cdrea@duke.edu

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 external genitalia and...

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Brian Hare

Associate Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
(joint with Duke Science & Society)

Office: 004 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7292

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

b.hare@duke.edu

What is human about our mind and brain and how did it get that way?Brian Hare leads the The Hominoid Psychology Research Group (www.3chimpsduke.com) which compares the psychology of hominoids (human and non-human apes). Specifically, we seek to identify...

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Evan L MacLean

Senior Research Scientist

Office: 004A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90999

maclean@duke.edu

My research is driven by the broad question of what makes our minds human, how our minds ‘got that way’, and why.I approach these questions through two complementary lines of research. The first explores similarities and differences in the cognition of humans, and our closest living relatives,...

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Anne Pusey

James B. Duke Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 101 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-4124

Fax: (919) 684-8542

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

Office: 107 Biological Sciences Building

Phone: (919) 613-0998

drsamson@gmail.com

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Thomas T Struhsaker

Adjunct Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Office: 07 Bio Sci

Phone: (919) 684-2417

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 Building

Phone: (919) 660-7294

Fax: 919-660-7348

jingzhi.tan@duke.edu

Humans are incredibly skillful in working with others. We cooperate in large-scale for a long term with unfamiliar strangers even in a costly way. However, how human cooperation evolved remains a mystery. Are we ultra-cooperators because we evolved to be genuinely altruistic to others or because...

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Vanessa R Woods

Research Scientist

Office: 004A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: 919-660-7294

Fax: 919-660-7348

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 Biological Anthropology and Anatomy
(joint with Earth and Ocean Sciences)

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

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-2143

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

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, especially in...

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Charles L Nunn

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
(joint with Duke Global Health Institute)

Office: 106 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7281

Fax: 919-660-7348

charles.nunn@duke.edu

My research addresses a range of questions in primate evolutionary ecology, with major research areas involving infectious disease, primate behavior, the evolution of sleep, and cultural trait dynamics. These research foci are rooted in a comparative perspective that examines variation across...

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Anne Daphne Yoder

Professor of Biology
(primary appt: Biology)

Office: 128 Biol Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90338

Phone: (919) 660-7275

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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