Nathaniel J. Dominy

Associate Professor of Anthropology

I am an anthropologist and evolutionary biologist. I study the behavior, ecology, and functional morphology of humans and nonhuman primates. My research philosophy is to integrate tropical fieldwork with mechanical, molecular, and isotopic analyses in order to better understand how and why adaptive shifts occurred during primate evolution.

405A Silsby
HB 6047
B.A. Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D. University of Hong Kong

Selected Publications

Vogel ER, Zulfa A, Hardus M, Wich SA, Dominy NJ, Taylor AB (2014). Food mechanical properties, feeding ecology, and the mandibular morphology of wild orangutans. Journal of Human Evolution  (doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.05.007)

Moritz GL, Melin AD, Tuh Yit Yu F, Bernard H, Ong PS, Dominy NJ (2014). Niche convergence suggests functionality of the nocturnal fovea. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 8:61. (doi: 10.3389/fnint.2014.00061)

Melin AD, Crowley BE, Brown ST, Wheatley PV, Moritz GL, Tuh Yit Yu F, Bernard H, DePaolo DJ, Jacobson AD, Dominy NJ (2014). Calcium and carbon stable isotope ratios as paleodietary indicators. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154:633-643. (doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22530)

Kraft TS, Venkataraman VV, Dominy NJ (2014). A natural history of human tree climbing. Journal of Human Evolution 71:105-118. (doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.02.002)

Patin E, Siddle K, Laval G, Quach H, Harmant C, Becker N, Froment A, Régnault B, Lemée L, Gravel S, Hombert J-M, Van der Veen L, Dominy NJ, Perry GH, Barreiro LB, Verdu P, Heyer E, Quintana-Murci L (2014). The impact of agricultural emergence on the genetic history of African rainforest hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists. Nature Communications 5:3163. (doi: 10.1038/ncomms4163)

Yeakel JD, Dominy NJ, Koch PL, Mangel M (2014). Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: A model of consilience. Evolution 68:190-203. (doi: 10.1111/evo.12240)

Moritz GL, Lim NT-L, Neitz M, Peichl L, Dominy NJ (2013). Expression and evolution of short wavelength sensitive opsins in colugos: A nocturnal lineage that informs debate on primate origins. Evolutionary Biology 40:542-553. (doi: 10.1007/s11692-013-9230-y)

Melin AD, Matsushita Y, Moritz GL, Dominy NJ, Kawamura S (2013). Inferred L/M cone opsin polymorphism of ancestral tarsiers sheds dim light on the origin of anthropoid primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280:20130189. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0189)

Bernstein RM, Dominy NJ (2013). Mount Pinatubo, inflammatory cytokines, and the immunological ecology of Aeta hunter-gatherers. Human Biology 85:231-250.

Venkataraman VV, Kraft TS, DeSilva JM, Dominy NJ (2013). Phenotypic plasticity of climbing-related traits in the ankle joint of great apes and rainforest hunter-gatherers. Human Biology 85:309-328.

Venkataraman VV, Kraft TS, Dominy NJ (2013). Tree climbing and human evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110:1237-1242.

Dominy NJ (2012). Hominins living on the sedge. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109:20171-20172.

Moore BA, Kamilar JM, Collin SP, Bininda-Emonds ORP, Dominy NJ, Hall MI, Heesy CP, Johnsen S, Lisney TJ, Loew ER, Moritz G, Nava SS, Warrant E, Yopak KE, Fernández-Juricic E (2012). A novel method for comparative analysis of retinal specialization traits from topographic maps. Journal of Vision 12:13, 1-24.

Villanea FA, Perry GH, Gutiérrez-Espeleta G, Dominy NJ (2012). ASPM and the evolution of cerebral cortical size in a community of New World monkeys. PLoS ONE 7:e44928.

Ramsier MA, Dominy NJ (2012). Receiver bias and the acoustic ecology of aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis). Communicative and Integrative Biology 5:6, 1-4.

Moritz GL, Fourie N, Yeakel JD, Phillips-Conroy JE, Jolly CJ, Koch PL, Dominy NJ (2012). Baboons, water, and the ecology of oxygen stable isotopes in an arid hybrid zone. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85:421-430.

Crowley BE, Godfrey LR, Guilderson TP, Zermeño P, Koch PL, Dominy NJ (2012) Extinction and ecological retreat in a community of primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 279:3597-3605.

Ramsier MA, Cunningham AJ, Moritz GL, Finneran JJ, Williams CV, Ong PS, Gursky-Doyen SL, Dominy NJ (2012). Primate communication in the pure ultrasound. Biology Letters 8:508-511.

Ramsier MA, Cunningham AJ, Finneran JJ, Dominy NJ (2012). Social drive and the evolution of primate hearing. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367:1860-1868

Vogel ER, Knott CD, Crowley BE, Blakely MD, Dominy NJ (2012). Bornean orangutans on the brink of protein bankruptcy. Biology Letters 8:333-336.

Melin AD, Moritz GL, Fosbury RAE, Kawamura S, Dominy NJ (2012). Why aye-ayes see blue. American Journal of Primatology 74:185-192.

Moritz GL, Dominy NJ (2012). Thermal imaging of aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) reveals a dynamic vascular supply during haptic sensation. International Journal of Primatology 33:588-597.

Vogel ER, Crowley BE, Knott CD, Blakely MD, Larsen MD, Dominy NJ (2012). A noninvasive method for estimating nitrogen balance in free-ranging primates. International Journal of Primatology 33:567-587.

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