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


Anthropology, Biological Sciences


  • 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 (2021). Secrets of the sacred baboons. Scientific American 325(5):46-53. (doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican1121-46)

  • Fannin LD, Singels E, Esler KJ, Dominy NJ (2021). Grit and consequence. Evolutionary Anthropology 30:375-384. (doi: 10.1002/evan.21927)

  • 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)

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