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

  • 2019-22

  • 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)

  • Fannin LD, Laugier EJ, van Casteren A, Greenwood SL, Dominy NJ (2022). Differentiating siliceous particulate matter in the diets of mammalian herbivores. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 13:2198-2208. (doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13934)

  • DePasquale A, Hogan JD, Guadamuz Araya C, Dominy NJ, Melin AD (2022). Aeroscapes and the sensory ecology of olfaction in a tropical dry forest. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:849281. (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2022.849281)

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