Faculty of Arts - Anthropology

Dr Nicholas Malone


Lecturer in Anthropology

Dr Nicholas Malone

Anthropology, Social Sciences

Email: n.malone@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 88584 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Human Sciences Building
10 Symonds St
Level 7
Room 722

Research interests

I am anthropologist with a broad interest in the social and ecological lives of primates, especially those of apes and humans. Specifically, I seek 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, I strive to contribute to primate conservation through a commitment to engaging with local and extra-local efforts. Finally, I wish to situate the study of primates within the broader contexts of anthropology, history, and research ethics. My writing is informed by research experiences in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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.

Recent publications

Malone NM, Selby M, Longo SB (In review) Silvery gibbons in (and on) the verge. International Journal of Sociology.

Palmer A, Malone N Park J (In review) Caregiver/orangutan interactions at Auckland Zoo: communication, friendship, and ethics between species. Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies.

Malone NM, Palmer A. (In press) Ethical issues within human-alloprimate interactive zones. In: L. Burns & M. Patterson (eds.) Engaging with Animals: A Shared Existence. Sydney University Press.

Malone NM, Fuentes A, Riley EP, Remis M, Wade, AH, Jost-Robinson C. (2014) Ethnoprimatology: critical interdisciplinarity and multispecies approaches in anthropology. Critique of Anthropology, 34(1).

Malone NM. (2013) Attending to the Animal within the Human Niche: A Review of P. Shipman’s (2011) The Animal Connection: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human. Environmental Values, 22(4):550-552.

Longo SB, Malone NM. (2013) Examining the bases of power, inequality and human variation: A Review of A. Fuentes’ Race, Monogamy and Other Lies they Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature. The Monthly Review, 64(10):53-56.

Malone NM, Fuentes A, White FJ. (2012) Variation in the social systems of extant hominoids: comparative insight into the social behaviour of early hominins. International Journal of Primatology, 33(6):1251-1277. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9617-0

Malone NM. (2011) Book Review: Histories of American Physical Anthropology in the Twentieth Century, MA Little & KAR Kennedy, eds. American Journal of Human Biology, 23(1):142. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.21117

Malone NM, Fuentes A, White FJ. (2010) Ethics Commentary: Subjects of knowledge and control in field primatology. American Journal of Primatology, 72(9):779-784. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20840

Malone NM. (2009) The state of biological anthropology in 2008: is our discipline strong and our cause just? American Anthropologist, 111(2):146-152. DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1433.2009.01107.x

Malone NM, Fuentes A. (2009) The ecology and evolution of hylobatid communities: proximate and ultimate considerations of inter- and intraspecific variation. The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology. D. Whittaker & S. Lappan (Eds.). Series Title: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer Academic Press, pp. 241-264. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-88604-6_12

Current teaching

Course Title Availability in 2014
ANTHRO 205 Primate Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation Semester 2
ANTHRO 245 Evolutionary Anthropology Today Semester 1
ANTHRO 349 Primate Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation Semester 2
ANTHRO 726 /726 A B Advanced Biological Anthropology Semester 1 and 2 (full year)
ANTHRO 749 Advanced Primatology Semester 1

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