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

  • 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)

  • 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)

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