NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Nelson Ting

Associate Professor Department of Anthropology Institute of Ecology and Evolution University of Oregon


B.A. 1999, Washington University, St. Louis M.A. 2001, University of Missouri, Columbia Ph.D. 2008, City University of New York




Tel: 541-346-5509

Overview of Research

I am an anthropologist and evolutionary biologist who uses genetics to address a wide variety of questions regarding the ecology, evolution, and behavior of our closest relatives - the non-human primates. I enjoy working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, and my research program reflects this by incorporating both field and lab-based methods. I also maintain a strong interest in conservation biology, so much of my work focuses on threatened wild populations with the goal of helping guide conservation strategies. I have been most involved in studying primate communities and/or species in the tropics of Africa, but I am interested in a variety of primate and non-primate taxa. Currently, the major focus of my research program is understanding how evolutionary processes have shaped patterns of modern primate biological diversity. This includes investigating the effects of environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic, on primate communities.



In press Ruiz-Lopez, M.J., C. Barelli, F. Rovero, K. Hodges, C. Roos, W.E. Peterman, N. Ting. A novel landscape genetics approach demonstrates the effects of human disturbance on the Udzungwa red colobus monkey (Procolobus gordonorum). Heredity.

2015 Oates, J.F. and N. Ting. Conservation consequences of unstable taxonomies: the case of the red colobus monkeys. In A.M. Behie and M.F. Oxnard (eds.). Taxonomic Tapestries: The Threads of Evolutions Behavioural and Conservation Research. Australia National University Press. Canberra, Australia.

2015 Ruiz-Lopez, M.J., T.L. Goldberg, C.A. Chapman, P. Omeja, J.H. Jones, W.H. Switzer, P.D. Etter, E.A. Johnson, N. Ting.Identification of SNP markers for the endangered Ugandan red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus tephrosceles) using RAD sequencing. Molecular Ecology Resources.

2015 Wikberg, E.C., N. Ting, P. Sicotte. Demographic factors are associated with between-group variation in the grooming networks of female colobus (Colobus vellerosus).International Journal of Primatology.36(1): 124-142.

2015 Bădescu,I., E.C. Wikberg, N. Ting,and P. Sicotte. Female maternal kinship, dominance and parity influence natal attraction and infant handling in a wild colobine (Colobus vellerosus). American Journal of Primatology. 77: 376-387.

2014 Paige, S.B., S.D.W. Frost, M.A. Gibson, J.H. Jones, A. Shankar, W.H. Switzer, N. Ting, T.L. Goldberg. Beyond bushmeat: animal contact, injury, and zoonotic disease risk in western Uganda. EcoHealth.

2014 Ghai,R.R., N.D. Simons, C.A. Chapman, P.A. Omeja, T.J. Davies, N. Ting, T.L. Goldberg. Hidden population structure and cross-species transmission of whipworms (Trichuris sp.) in humans and non-human primates in Uganda. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 8(10): e3256

2014 Lauck, M., W.H. Switzer, S. Sibley, D. Hyeroba, A. Tumukunde, G. Weny, A. Shankar, J. M. Greene, A.J. Ericsen, H. Zheng, N. Ting, C.A. Chapman, T.C, Friedrich, T.L. Goldberg, D.H. O'Connor. Discovery and full genome characterization of a new SIV lineage infecting red-tailed guenons (Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti) in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Retrovirology. 11: 55

2014 Teichroeb, J.A., E.C. Wikberg, N. Ting, P. Sicotte. Factors influencing male affiliation and coalitions in a species with male dispersal and intense male-male competition, Colobus vellerosus. Behaviour. 151(7): 1045-1066.

2014 Wikberg, E.C., N. Ting, P. Sicotte. Familiarity is more important than phenotype similarity in shaping social relationships in a facultative female dispersed primate, Colobus vellerosus. Behavioural Processes. 106: 27-35.

2014 Wikberg, E.C., N. Ting, P. Sicotte. The social networks of female Colobus vellerosusare shaped by kinship and partner similarity. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 153(3): 365-376.

2013 Lauck, M., W.H. Switzer, S. Sibley, D. Hyeroba, A. Tumukunde, G. Weny, B. Taylor, A. Shankar, N. Ting, C.A. Chapman, T.C, Friedrich, T.L. Goldberg, D.H. O'Connor. Discovery and full genome characterization of two highly prevalent, novel simian immunodeficiency viruses infecting black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Retrovirology. 10: 107.

2013  Ting N and KN Sterner. Primate molecular phylogenetics in a genomic era. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 66(2): 565-568. [download]

2013  Lauck M, S Sibley, D Hyeroba, A Tumukunde, G Weny, CA Chapman, N Ting, WH Switzer, JH Kuhn, TC Friedrich, DH O'Connor, TL Goldberg. Exceptional simian hemorrhagic fever virus diversity in a wild African primate community suggests host restriction and a new classification of arteriviruses. Journal of Virology. 87(1): 688-691. [download]

2012  Wikberg EC, P. Sicotte, and N Ting. Between-group variation in female dispersal, kin composition of groups, and proximity patterns in a black-and-white colobus monkey (Colobus vellerosus). PLoS ONE. 7(11): e48740 [download]

2012  Wang X-P, Yu L, C Roos, N Ting, C Ping, J Wang, and Y-P Zhang. Phylogenetic relationships among the colobine monkeys revisited: new insights from analyses of complete mitochondrial genomes and forty-four nuclear non-coding markers. PLoS ONE. 7(4): e36274. [download]

2012  Ting N, C Astaras, G Hearn, S Honarvar, J Corush, AS Burrell, N Phillips, BJ Morgan, EL Gadsby, RL Raaum, and C Roos. Genetic signatures of a demographic collapse in a large-bodied forest dwelling primate (Mandrillus leucophaeus). Ecology and Evolution (cover article). 2(3): 550-561. MSNBC press / VOA press / [download]

2011  Yu L, X-P Wang, N Ting, and Y-P Zhang. Mitogenomic analysis of Chinese snub-nosed monkeys: Evidence of positive selection in NADH dehydrogenase genes in high-altitude adaptation. Mitochondrion. 11(13): 497-503. [download]

2010  Shekelle M, R Meirer, I Wahyu, Wirdateti, and N Ting. Molecular phylogenetics and chronometrics of Tarsiidae based on 12s mtDNA haplotypes: Evidence for Miocene origins, numerous diversifications within the Sulawesian clade. International Journal of Primatology. 31(6): 1083-1106. [download]

2010  Yu L, X-Y Wang, W Jin, P-T Luan, N Ting, and Y-P Zhang. Adaptive evolution of digestive RNASE1 genes in leaf-eating monkeys revisited: New insights from 10 additional colobines. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 27(1): 121-131. [download]

2009  Goldberg TL, DM Sintasath, CA Chapman, KM Cameron, WB Karesh, S Tang, ND Wolfe, IB Rwego, N Ting, and WM Switzer. Co-infection of Ugandan red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus tephrosceles) with novel, divergent Delta-, Lenti- and Spuma- retroviruses. Journal of Virology. 83 (21): 11318-11329. [download]

2008  Ting N. Mitochondrial relationships and divergence dates of the African colobines: Evidence of Miocene origins for the living colobus monkeys. Journal of Human Evolution. 55: 312-325. [download]

2008  Ting N, AJ Tosi, Y-P Zhang, Y Li, and TR Disotell. Phylogenetic incongruence between nuclear and mitochondrial markers in the Asian colobines and the evolution of the langurs and leaf monkeys. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 46: 466-474. [download]

2008  Locatelli S, B Lafay, F Liegeois, N Ting, E Delaporte, and M Peeters. Full molecular characterization of a simian immunodeficiency virus from Temminck’s red colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii) from Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia: A species-specific virus distantly related to the L’Hoest lineage. Virology. 376: 90-100. [download]

2006  Whittaker DJ, N Ting, and DJ Melnick. Molecular phylogenetic affinities of the simakobu monkey (Simias concolor). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 39 (3): 887-892. [download]