Dr Nicholas Malone


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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
  • Deputy Head (Research) for the School of Social Sciences

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.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

Malone N. (In Press) The Dialectical Primatologist: The Past, Present and Future of Life in the Hominoid Niche. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), New Biological Anthropology Book Series.

Hickmott AJ, Waller MT, Wakefield ML, Malone N, Brand CM, White FJ. (In Press). A test of foraging models using dietary diversity indices for the Lomako forest bonobos. Folia Primatologica.

Littleton J, Karstens S, Malone N, Busse M. (In Press) Human-animal interactions and infectious disease – a view for bioarchaeology. Bioarchaeology International.

Wade AH, Malone N. (2021) Ecological, historical, economic and political factors shaping the human-gorilla interface in the Mone-Oku Forest, Cameroon. Diversity, 13: 175 (1-24). DOI:10.3390/d13040175 Invited contribution to special issue on “Humans and Wild Animals: Interactions in Deep Time, Recent History, and Now”. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/diversity/special_issues/Humans_Wild

Teaching | Current

Select undergraduate courses and postgraduate seminars in Anthropology

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral Supervision

2020 – present: Political Ethology of Captive Hylobatids. Jennifer Hale, PhD Thesis. Anthropology, School of Social Sciences.

2013 – 2020: Shared Landscapes: The Human-Gorilla Interface and the Implications for Cross River Gorilla Conservation. Alison Wade, PhD Thesis. Anthropology, School of Social Sciences.

2011 – 2019: A Political Ecology of Javan Gibbon Conservation. Megan Selby, PhD Thesis, School of Environment.


Deputy Head (Research) for the School of Social Sciences

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Behie, A. M., Teichroeb, J. A., & Malone, N. (2019). Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene. Cambridge University Press. Pages: 350.
  • Malone, N., & Ovenden, K. (2017). Natureculture. In A. Fuentes (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Primatology (pp. ). Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons. 10.1002/9781119179313.wbprim0135
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36068
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36054
  • 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.
  • Palmer, A., Malone, N., & Park, J. (2013). Extending ethnoprimatology: an exploration of human/orangutan interactions in an urban zoological garden.. Paper presented at 82nd Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists, Knoxville, TN. 9 April - 13 April 2013. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Park
  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level 1, Room 103B
New Zealand