Nathaniel J. Dominy

Academic Appointments
  • Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology

  • Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Professor, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) Graduate Program

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, 1998
  • Ph.D. University of Hong Kong, 2001

Selected Publications

  • 2017-20

  • Dominy NJ, Melin AD (2020). Liminal light and primate evolution. Annual Review of Anthropology 49:257-276. (doi: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-010220-075454)

  • Butler EE, Dominy NJ (2020). Peer review at the Ministry of Silly Walks. Gait & Posture (doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.02.019)

  • Mann AE, Mazel F, Lemay MA, Morien E, Billy V, Kowalewski M, Di Fiore A, Link A, Goldberg TL, Tecot S, Baden AL, Gomez A, Sauther ML, Cuozzo FP, Rice GAO, Dominy NJ, Stumpf R, Lewis RJ, Swedell L, Amato K, Parfrey LW (2020). Biodiversity of protists and nematodes in the wild nonhuman primate gut. The ISME Journal 14:609-622. (doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0551-4)

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