Faculty Labs

Animal Locomotion Lab

The Duke Department of Evolutionary Anthropology's Animal Locomotion Laboratory was established in the late 1990s by Daniel Schmitt and Pierre Lemelin. The initial goal of the lab was to use an... Visit the lab website »

Boyer Lab for Evolutionary Morphology & Paleobiology

We are interested in the evolution of primates, the group to which humans belong, and its environmental and ecological context. To acquire new fossils of primates that help fill in the gaps in... Visit the lab website »

Churchill Lab

Human paleontologist Steve Churchill studies morphological and behavioral adaptation in archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Through comparative functional-morphological... Visit the lab website »

Drea Lab

In the Drea Lab  we explore various aspects of mammalian sociality, reproduction, and health in exceptional primates and carnivores. We focus on female-dominant species (e.g. hyenas, lemurs,... Visit the lab website »

Duke Canine Cognition Center

The Duke Canine Cognition Center (DCCC) is dedicated to the study of dog psychology. Our goal is to understand the flexibility and limitations of dog cognition. In doing so, we gain a window into... Visit the lab website »

Hominid Psychology Research Group

We compare the psychology of hominoids (human and non-human apes). Specifically, we seek to identify which features our problem-solving abilities have evolved since humans, bonobos, and... Visit the lab website »

Jane Goodall Institute Research Center

The Jane Goodall Institute Research Center, managed by Duke Professor Anne Pusey, is an archive of dawn-to-dusk observations containing the... Visit the lab website »

Kay Lab

Professor Richard Kay focuses on the evolution of primates and mammalian faunal evolution, especially in South America; the evolutionary origins of the Anthropoidea (monkeys and apes); and  the... Visit the lab website »

Nunn Lab

Research in the Nunn lab investigates "why we get sick" from both evolutionary and ecological perspectives. More specifically, we study the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in humans... Visit the lab website »

Male chimpanzee
Pusey Lab

Anne Pusey, the James B. Duke Professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke, is interested in understanding the evolution of sociality, social structure, and the patterns of competition,... Visit the lab website »

Tung Lab

Research in the Tung lab focuses on the interplay between genes and behavior. How does social behavior influence  genetic variation and gene regulation? How do genetic differences and gene... Visit the lab website »

Wall Lab

We are a group of functional anatomists who work on a variety of questions related to understanding the mechanisms through which diet and feeding behaviors have shaped primate evolution.  The... Visit the lab website »