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
  • Postdoc: University of Chicago, 2002-2004

Selected Publications

  • 2018-21

  • Dominy NJ, Fannin LD (2021). The sluggard has no locusts: from persistent pest to irresistible icon. People and Nature 3:542-549. (doi: 10.1002/pan3.10198)

  • Fannin LD, Yeakel JD, Venkataraman VV, Seyoum C, Geraads D, Fashing PJ, Nguyen N, Fox-Dobbs K, Dominy NJ (2021). Carbon and strontium isotope ratios shed new light on the paleobiology and collapse of Theropithecus, a primate experiment in graminivory. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 572:110393. (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110393)

  • Dominy NJ, Ikram S, Moritz GL, Wheatley PV, Christensen JN, Chipman JW, Koch PL (2020). Mummified baboons reveal the far reach of early Egyptian mariners. eLife 9:e60860. (doi: 10.7554/eLife.60860)

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