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

My present research interest, at a larger scale, stems from the idea that human-driven habitat modifications, increased connectivity and climate change may considerably influence the ecology of parasites and hosts and, in turn, their interactions, both locally and, perhaps, sometimes at the global... Full Profile »

Steffen Foerster

Senior Research Scientist

Office: 206A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: 919-660-7282

steffen.foerster@duke.edu

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Charles L Nunn

Professor
(joint with Duke Global Health Institute)

Office: 106 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7281

Fax: 919-660-7348

clnunn@duke.edu

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Douglas Boyer

Assistant Professor

Office: Biological Sciences Building

douglas.boyer@duke.edu

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Steven E. Churchill

Professor

Office: 04 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7314

Fax: (919) 660-7348

churchy@duke.edu

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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... Full Profile »

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Sara K. Doyle

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Office: 201 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-6582

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

sara.doyle@duke.edu

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Anne-Claire Fabre

Scholar in Residence

Office: Room 201

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: 919-684-6582

Fax: 919-660-7348

aof3@duke.edu

See my webpage http://anne-claire-fabre.weebly.com/

Ashley Gosselin-Ildari

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Room 102

Phone: (919) 684-1172

Fax: (919) 6607348

Office Hours: Wednesday 1 - 4 pm

adg35@duke.edu

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Roxanne Larsen

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 201 Biological Sciences Building

Phone: (919) 684-6582

Fax: 919-660-7348

roxy.larsen@duke.edu

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Claude T. Moorman III

Professor of Surgery
(primary appt: Orthopaedics)

Office: 311 Finch Yeager Building

Campus Box: 3639 Med Ctr

Phone: (919) 668-3087

t.moorman@duke.edu

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Karyne N. Rabey

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: Room 201

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-6582

Fax: 919-660-7348

karyne.rabey@duke.edu

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V. Louise Roth

Associate Professor
(primary appt: Biology)

Office: 241 Bio Sci Building

Campus Box: 90325

Phone: 919-660-7352, 919-660-7353

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 produce... Full Profile »

Daniel O Schmitt

Professor & Gross Anatomy Course Director

Office: 203 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 3170

daniel.schmitt@duke.edu

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My primary interest is in the evolution of primate locomotion. I am interested in understanding the selective factors that govern limb design, gait choice, and locomotor mechanics. I am studying the mechanics of movement in primates and other vertebrates in the laboratory to understand the... Full Profile »

Kathleen K Smith

Professor
(joint with Biology)

Office: 130 Science Drive

Campus Box: 90338

Phone: (919) 684-3402, (919) 684-8325

Fax: 919

kksmith@duke.edu

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I am interested in the functional and evolutionary morphology of vertebrates. My research has included the functional and phylogenetic significance of variations in form of craniofacial structures in squamate reptiles and mammals, the biomechanics of a class of structures called musculohydrostats,... Full Profile »

Andrea B Taylor

Associate Professor
(primary appt: Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, CFM)

Office: 2200 West Main Street

Campus Box: 104002

Phone: (919) 668-3016

Fax: (919) 668-3024

andrea.taylor@duke.edu

I am primarily interested in the evolution of feeding system morphology in primates. One major component of my research involves the study of jaw-muscle fiber architecture and physiology. Work in my lab largely involves comparative morphometric analyses of skull and jaw-muscle morphology. I... Full Profile »

Christine Wall

Associate Professor

Office: 206B Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 668-2543

Fax: (919) 660-7348

cw19@duke.edu

The major goal of my work is to contribute to our understanding of 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... Full Profile »

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Angel Zeininger

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-6582

Fax: 919-660-7348

angel.zeininger@duke.edu

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Douglas Boyer

Assistant Professor

Office: Biological Sciences Building

douglas.boyer@duke.edu

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Steven E. Churchill

Professor

Office: 04 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7314

Fax: (919) 660-7348

churchy@duke.edu

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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... Full Profile »

Richard F. Kay

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Office: 0013 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: +1 919 684 2143

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

richard.kay@duke.edu

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I have several areas of research. The first encompasses the evolution of primates and mammalian faunal evolution, especially in South America. I also have written extensively on the subject of the evolutionary origins of the Anthropoidea (monkeys and apes). More generally, I am interested in the... Full Profile »

Blythe A. Williams

Associate Professor of the Practice

Office: 0013 Biological Sciences Building

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... Full Profile »

Susan C Alberts

Professor
(primary appt: Biology)

Office: BioSci: 020

Campus Box: 90338

Phone: (919) 660-7272

Fax: (919) 660-7293

alberts@duke.edu

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Dimitri Blondel

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 128 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: 919-660-7364

dimitri.blondel@duke.edu

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Leslie J. Digby

Associate Professor of the Practice & Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

Office: 08A Bio Sci Building

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 has centered on the evolution primate social and reproductive behavior (including female-female competition) for many years. Working with marmosets and lemurs, I've investigated the evolution of infanticide, mating systems and cooperative breeding. In the last few years I've also begun... Full Profile »

Christine Drea

Professor

Office: 129 Bio Sci Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7367, (919) 660-7368

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... Full Profile »

Steffen Foerster

Senior Research Scientist

Office: 206A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: 919-660-7282

steffen.foerster@duke.edu

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Ken Glander

Professor

Office: 011 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 668-0267

Fax: (919) 660-7348

glander@duke.edu

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My research focuses on the primate diet with four key objectives: 1) identifying what is selected from what is available and the chemical explanations for the selection; 2) characterize the behavioral and physiological adaptations of wild primates in response to their changing environmental... Full Profile »

Brian Hare

Associate Professor

Office: 004 Bio Sci Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7292

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

b.hare@duke.edu

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Dana Pfefferle

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 128 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7364

Fax: (919) 660-7348

dana.pfefferle@duke.edu

My focus of research is on the evolution of communicative signals. In particular I am interested in questions regarding the information content of olfactory, vocal and visual signals, and how this information is decoded. My greater goal is to contribute to a better understanding of multimodal... Full Profile »

Anne E Pusey

James B. Duke Professor & Chair

Office: 101F Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-1848

Fax: (919) 684-8542

anne.pusey@duke.edu

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David R. Samson

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 107 Biological Sciences Building

drsamson@gmail.com

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Noah M Snyder-Mackler

Postdoctoral Scholar

Office: 002A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-3910

nms15@duke.edu

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Jenny Tung

Assistant Professor

Office: 104 Bio Sci

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 668-4912

Fax: (919) 660-7348

jenny.tung@duke.edu

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Elizabeth M. Brannon

Professor
(primary appt: Psychology and Neuroscience)

Phone: (919) 668-6201, (919) 668-0437

Fax: (919) 681-0815

brannon@duke.edu

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Christine Drea

Professor

Office: 129 Bio Sci Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7367, (919) 660-7368

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... Full Profile »

Brian Hare

Associate Professor

Office: 004 Bio Sci Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7292

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

b.hare@duke.edu

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Evan L MacLean

Senior Research Scientist

Office: 004A Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90999

maclean@duke.edu

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Michael L Platt

Professor Neurobiology and Director CCN
(primary appt: Neurobiology)

Office: B243F LSRC Building

Campus Box: 3209 Med Ctr

platt@neuro.duke.edu

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Anne E Pusey

James B. Duke Professor & Chair

Office: 101F Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 684-1848

Fax: (919) 684-8542

anne.pusey@duke.edu

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David R. Samson

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 107 Biological Sciences Building

drsamson@gmail.com

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Thomas T. Struhsaker

Adjunct Professor

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 all... Full Profile »

Jingzhi Tan

Postdoctoral Associate

Office: 004A 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 we... Full Profile »

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

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Studying the comparitive psychology of bonobos and chimpanzees. Particular interests are cooperation, xenophobia, and the development of socio-sexual behaviour in bonobos.

Richard F. Kay

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Office: 0013 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: +1 919 684 2143

Fax: +1 919 660 7348

richard.kay@duke.edu

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I have several areas of research. The first encompasses the evolution of primates and mammalian faunal evolution, especially in South America. I also have written extensively on the subject of the evolutionary origins of the Anthropoidea (monkeys and apes). More generally, I am interested in the... Full Profile »

Charles L Nunn

Professor
(joint with Duke Global Health Institute)

Office: 106 Biological Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90383

Phone: (919) 660-7281

Fax: 919-660-7348

clnunn@duke.edu

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Anne D. Yoder

Professor
(primary appt: Biology)

Office: 128 Biol Sciences Building

Campus Box: 90338

Phone: (919) 660-7275

My primary research focus is the phylogenetics and evolution of Madagascar's lemurs. This has also inspired a broader interest in the biogeography of Madagascar, especially its modern terrestrial vertebrates. Given that Madagascar's natural habatitats are under extreme human pressures, I am also... Full Profile »