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

Drivers of Disease in Primates: The Case of the Bulging Parasitic Cysts in Gelada Monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) awarded by Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Predator and Parasite: How Predator Distribution and Host Susceptibility Shape Patterns of Tapeworm-induced Disease in G awarded by Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Principal Investigator). 2016

Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health awarded by American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016

Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine awarded by University of North Carolina - General Administration (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

(97-0562) Doctoral Dissertation Research: A Comparative Study of Primate Socioecology and Intersexual Conflict awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1999


Manus, MB, Bloomfield, GS, Leonard, AS, Guidera, LN, Samson, DR, and Nunn, CL. "High prevalence of hypertension in an agricultural village in Madagascar." Plos One 13.8 (January 2018): e0201616-null. Full Text

Nunn, CL. "The 1918 influenza pandemic: Ecological, historical, and evolutionary perspectives." Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 2018.1 (January 2018): 199-200. 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, 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

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

Bray, J, Samson, DR, and Nunn, CL. "Activity patterns in seven captive lemur species: Evidence of cathemerality in Varecia and Lemur catta?." American Journal of Primatology 79.6 (June 2017). Full Text

Young, HS, Wood, CL, Kilpatrick, AM, Lafferty, KD, Nunn, CL, and Vincent, JR. "Conservation, biodiversity and infectious disease: scientific evidence and policy implications." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 372.1722 (June 2017). (Introduction) 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