Nathaniel J. Dominy

Academic Appointments
  • Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology

  • Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences

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

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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

  • Fannin LD, Joy MS, Dominy NJ, McGraw WS, DeSilva JM (2023). Downclimbing and the evolution of ape forelimb morphologies. Royal Society Open Science 10:230145. (doi: 10.1098/rsos.230145)

  • Pinto SL, Janiak MC, Dutyschaever G, Barros MAS, Guadamuz Chavarria A, Martin MP, Tuh FYY, Valverde CS, Sims LM, Barclay RMR, Wells K, Dominy NJ, Pessoa DMA, Carrigan MA, Melin AD (2023). Diet and the evolution of ADH7 across seven orders of mammals. Royal Society Open Science 10:230451. (doi: 10.1098/rsos.230451)

  • Veilleux CC, Garrett EC, Pajic P, Saitou M, Ochieng J, Dagsaan LD, Dominy NJ, Perry GH, Gokcumen O, Melin AD (2023). Human subsistence and signatures of selection on human chemosensory genes. Communications Biology 6:683. (doi: 10.1038/s42003-023-05047-y)

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