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

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


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

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

Nunn, CL, and Stearns, SC. "Progress and change." Evolution, medicine, and public health 2017.1 (January 2017): 50-. Full Text

Manus, MB, Yu, JJ, Park, LP, Mueller, O, Windsor, SC, Horvath, JE, and Nunn, CL. "Environmental influences on the skin microbiome of humans and cattle in rural Madagascar." Evolution, medicine, and public health 2017.1 (January 2017): 144-153. 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

Samson, DR, Yetish, GM, Crittenden, AN, Mabulla, IA, Mabulla, AZP, and Nunn, CL. "What is segmented sleep? Actigraphy field validation for daytime sleep and nighttime wake." Sleep health 2.4 (December 2016): 341-347. Full Text

Stephens, PR, Altizer, S, Smith, KF, Alonso Aguirre, A, Brown, JH, Budischak, SA, Byers, JE, Dallas, TA, Jonathan Davies, T, Drake, JM, Ezenwa, VO, Farrell, MJ, Gittleman, JL, Han, BA, Huang, S, Hutchinson, RA, Johnson, P, Nunn, CL, Onstad, D, Park, A, Vazquez-Prokopec, GM, Schmidt, JP, and Poulin, R. "The macroecology of infectious diseases: a new perspective on global-scale drivers of pathogen distributions and impacts." Ecology letters 19.9 (September 2016): 1159-1171. (Review) Full Text

Borries, C, Sandel, AA, Koenig, A, Fernandez-Duque, E, Kamilar, JM, Amoroso, CR, Barton, RA, Bray, J, Di Fiore, A, Gilby, IC, Gordon, AD, Mundry, R, Port, M, Powell, LE, Pusey, AE, Spriggs, A, and Nunn, CL. "Transparency, usability, and reproducibility: Guiding principles for improving comparative databases using primates as examples." Evolutionary anthropology 25.5 (September 2016): 232-238. Full Text

Sandel, AA, Miller, JA, Mitani, JC, Nunn, CL, Patterson, SK, and Garamszegi, LZ. "Assessing sources of error in comparative analyses of primate behavior: Intraspecific variation in group size and the social brain hypothesis." Journal of human evolution 94 (May 2016): 126-133. Full Text

Young, HS, Dirzo, R, Helgen, KM, McCauley, DJ, Nunn, CL, Snyder, P, Veblen, KE, Zhao, S, and Ezenwa, VO. "Large wildlife removal drives immune defence increases in rodents." Ed. B Tschirren. Functional Ecology 30.5 (May 2016): 799-807. Full Text