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.


Silsby, Room 405A
HB 6047




  • B.A. Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • Ph.D. University of Hong Kong, 2001
  • Postdoc: University of Chicago, 2002-2004

Selected Publications

  • 2020-23

  • Venkataraman V, Barry AE, Dominy NJ, Kardon G (2023) Science at Sundance 2023. Science 379:874-878. (doi: 10.1126/science.adg9997)

  • Fairbanks MK, Fannin LD, Dominy NJ (2023). Decolonizing the ourang-outang. International Journal of Primatology (doi: 10.1007/s10764-022-00345-4)

  • Dominy NJ, Harris JM (2022). Adaptive optics in the Arctic? A commentary on Fosbury and Jeffery. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289:20221528. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2022.1528)

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