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


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

Springer, A, Kappeler, PM, and Nunn, CL. "Dynamic vs. static social networks in models of parasite transmission: predicting Cryptosporidium spread in wild lemurs." The Journal of Animal Ecology 86.3 (May 2017): 419-433. Full Text

Stephens, PR, Pappalardo, P, Huang, S, Byers, JE, Farrell, MJ, Gehman, A, Ghai, RR, Haas, SE, Han, B, Park, AW, Schmidt, JP, Altizer, S, Ezenwa, VO, and Nunn, CL. "Global Mammal Parasite Database version 2.0." Ecology 98.5 (May 2017): 1476-null. Full Text

Samson, DR, Crittenden, AN, Mabulla, IA, Mabulla, AZP, and Nunn, CL. "Hadza sleep biology: Evidence for flexible sleep-wake patterns in hunter-gatherers." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162.3 (March 2017): 573-582. Full Text

Nesse, RM, Finch, CE, and Nunn, CL. "Does selection for short sleep duration explain human vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease?." Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (January 16, 2017). Full Text

Amoroso, CR, Frink, AG, and Nunn, CL. "Water choice as a counterstrategy to faecally transmitted disease: An experimental study in captive lemurs." Behaviour 154.13-15 (January 1, 2017): 1239-1258. Full Text

Dunn, RR, Nunn, CL, and Horvath, JE. "The Global Synanthrome Project: A Call for an Exhaustive Study of Human Associates." Trends in parasitology 33.1 (January 2017): 4-7. Full Text

Young, HS, Parker, IM, Gilbert, GS, Sofia Guerra, A, and Nunn, CL. "Introduced Species, Disease Ecology, and Biodiversity-Disease Relationships." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32.1 (January 2017): 41-54. (Review) Full Text