Charles Nunn

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health

I am interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in wildlife, with special interest in primates and other mammals. In addition to addressing basic questions about wildlife diseases, my research has application to understanding zoonotic disease risk and the conservation of biodiversity. Many of my research projects involve large-scale informatics datasets on mammalian parasites, with the aim to understand patterns of disease risk in natural systems and at the human-wildlife interface. I also model the spread of infectious agents in wild populations, including heterogeneities in contact structure based on knowledge of primate behavior and ecology.

More recently, I am developing projects on ecological networks, including original fieldwork in Madagascar on insect vectors and the agents they transmit to mammals in disturbed and undisturbed environments. I am excited to be teaching two courses through DGHI and my home department - Evolutionary Anthropology - including courses that consider the role of infectious disease in human evolution and in today's world.