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Dr Jacob C Dunn

Dr Jacob C Dunn

Affiliated Lecturer

Biological Anthropology
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Cambridge

Cambridge CB2 3QG
Office Phone: 01223 (7)61097

Research Interests

I am a behavioural ecologist, broadly interested in the biology and evolution of communication systems in humans and other animals (mostly primates). I work on various projects related to (but not restricted to) the following general themes:


            • Bioacoustics

            • Vocal production

            • Evolution of language

            • Sexual selection

            • Phylogenetic comparative methods (macroevolution)

            • Behavioural ecology

            • Functionaly morphology

            • Eco-physiology

            • Primatology



I teach on the BAN1 and BAN2 papers at Cambridge and currently supervise 2 x PhD, 3 x MPhil and 4 x BSc projects. I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of my research interests.

Other Publications

Dunn, J.C., and Cristóbal-Azkarate, J. (2016). New World monkeys. Nature Education Knowledge, 7 (6), p. 1.

Dunn, J.C., Halenar, L., Davies, T., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., Fitch, T., and Knapp, L. (2015). Evolutionary tradeoff between vocal tract and testes dimensions in howler monkeys. Current Biology, 25, pp. 2839-2844 (cover story).

Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., Dunn, J.C., Domingo-Balcells, C., and Vea, J.J. (2015). A ten-year history of demographic change in a population of free-ranging howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) living in a fragmented landscape in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico. PeerJ PrePrints, 3: e800v1.

Ordóñez-Gómez, J.D., Dunn, J.C., Arroyo-Rodríguez, V., Santillán Doherty, A.M., Méndez-Cárdenas, M.G., and Márquez-Arias, A. (2015). Role of emitter and severity of aggression influence the agonistic vocalizations of Geoffroy's spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi).American Journal of Primatology, 36, pp. 429-440.

Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., Dunn, J.C., Day, J., and Amábile-Cuevas, C. (2014). Resistance to antibiotics of clinical relevance in the fecal microbiota of Mexican wildlife. PLoS One, e107719.

Dunn, J.C., Shedden-González, A., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., Cortés-Ortiz, L., Rodríguez-Luna, E., and Knapp L. (2014). Limited genetic diversity in the critically endangered Mexican howler monkey (Alouatta palliata mexicana) in the Selva Zoque, Mexico. Primates, 55, pp.155-160.

Arroyo-Rodríguez, V., Asensio, N., Dunn, J.C., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., and Gonzalez-Zamora, A. (2014). Use of lianas by primates: more than a food source. In: Ecology of lianas. Schnitzer, S., Bongers, F., Burnham, R., and Putz, F. (eds.). Springer Press, pp. 407-426.

Dunn, J.C., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., Chavira, R., and Veà, J (2013). Travel time predicts fecal glucocorticoid levels in free-ranging howler monkeys. International Journal of Primatology, 34, pp. 246-259.

Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., and Dunn, J.C. (2013). Lessons from Los Tuxtlas: 30 years of research into primates in fragments. In: Primates in fragments: complexity and resilience. Marsh, L., and Chapman, C. (eds.). Springer. New York, pp. 75-88.

Marsh, L.K., Chapman, C.A., Arroyo-Rodriguez, V., Cobden, A.K., Dunn, J.C., Gabriel, D., Ghai, R.R., Nijman, V., Reyna-Hurtado, R., Serio-Silva, J.C., and Wasserman, M.D. (2013). Primates in fragments ten years later: once and future goals. In: Primates in fragments: complexity and resilience. Marsh, L., and Chapman, C. (eds.). Springer. New York, pp. 503- 523.

Dunn, J.C., Asensio, N., Arroyo-Rodríguez, V., Schnitzer, S., and Cristóbal-Azkarate, J. (2013). The ranging costs of a fallback food: liana consumption supplements diet but increases foraging effort in howler monkeys. Biotropica, 44, 705-714.