Dr Nicholas Malone


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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Research | Current

  • Primate behaviour, ecology and conservation
  • Biological anthropology and ethnoprimatology
  • Research ethics and multi-species entanglements

Dr Nicholas Malone is an anthropologist with a broad interest in the social and ecological lives of primates, especially those of apes and humans. Specifically, he seeks to understand how the observed patterns of variability within and between taxa are simultaneously shaped by, and act as shaping factors of, evolutionary processes. Additionally, Nicholas strives to contribute to primate conservation through a commitment to engaging with local and extra-local efforts. Finally, Dr Malone wishes to situate the study of primates within the broader contexts of anthropology, history, and research ethics. His writing is informed by research experiences in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Teaching | Current

ANTHRO 102 How Humans Evolve

ANTHRO 245 Evolutionary Anthropology Today

ANTHRO 726AB Advanced Biological Anthropology

ANTHRO 749 Advanced Primatology

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral Supervision

2013 – Present: Shared Landscapes: The Human-Gorilla Interface and the Implications for Cross River Gorilla Conservation. Ms Alison Wade, PhD Thesis, Department of Anthropology.

2011 – Present: A Political Ecology of Javan Gibbon Conservation. Ms Megan Selby, PhD Thesis, School of Environment.


PhD Advisor, Anthropology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Malone, N., & Ovenden, K. (2017). Natureculture. In A. Fuentes (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Primatology (pp. ). Wiley. 10.1002/9781119179313.wbprim0135
  • Malone, N., Palmer, A., & Wade, A. H. (2017). Incorporating the ethnographic perspective: The value, process and responsibility of working with human participants. In K. M. Dore, E. P. Riley, A. Fuentes (Eds.) Ethnoprimatology: A practical guide to research at the human-nonhuman primate interface (pp. 176-189). Cambridge, UK.: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781316272466.015
  • Palmer, A., Malone, N., & Park, J. (2015). Accessing orangutans' perspectives: Interdisciplinary methods at the human/animal interface. Current Anthropology, 56 (4), 571-578. 10.1086/682053
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Park
  • Malone, N., Wade, A. H., Fuentes, A., Riley, E. P., Remis, M., & Robinson, C. J. (2014). Ethnoprimatology: Critical interdisciplinarity and multispecies approaches in anthropology. CRITIQUE OF ANTHROPOLOGY, 34 (1), 8-29. 10.1177/0308275X13510188
  • Longo, S. B., & Malone, N. (2013). Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Rusting Myths About Human Nature. MONTHLY REVIEW-AN INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST MAGAZINE, 64 (10), 53-56.
  • Malone, N., Fuentes, A., & White, F. J. (2012). Variation in the Social Systems of Extant Hominoids: Comparative Insight into the Social Behavior of Early Hominins. International Journal of Primatology, 33 (6), 1251-1277. 10.1007/s10764-012-9617-0
  • Malone, N. (2009). The State of Biological Anthropology in 2008: Is Our Discipline Strong and Our Cause Just ?. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, 111 (2), 146-152. 10.1111/j.1548-1433.2009.01107.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12783

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 722
New Zealand