Charles Nunn

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health

Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health

Director, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine

Charlie Nunn

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Charles Nunn

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health

Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health

Director, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine

I investigate 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 aims to understand zoonotic disease risk and the conservation of biodiversity.

I conduct fieldwork in rural Madagascar on the drivers of infectious disease transmission at the human-animal interface.  We model data on contact patterns and shared habitat use using social network analysis, and integrate the modeling with infectious disease screening, small mammal trapping, and human surveys.

Many of my other 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.

I teach courses in both Evolutionary Anthropology and Duke Global Health.

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