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Anne Pusey, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita

Anne Pusey

I have recently retired and am not taking on new students although I am continuing some research projects.  I am interested in understanding the evolution of sociality, social structure, and the patterns of competition, cooperation and social bonds in animal species, including humans. Most of my work has focused on social mammals: lions and chimpanzees. For the last twenty five years I have worked almost exclusively on the long term Gombe chimpanzee project. I have gathered the data from this study into an archive, currently housed at Duke, and I oversee the computerization of systematically collected daily data, incorporating this and related material into a relational database. I also advise on the ongoing field study at Gombe. Combined analysis of the long-term data and focused new data collection in the field enables study of a wide variety of questions. Current projects in my research group include studies of female social relationships and female settlement patterns. We also participate in collaborative work with colleagues at a number of other institutions on studies of life history, personality, and health, including studying the natural history of SIVcpz.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  101 Biological Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-1848
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Stanford University1978
B.A. (M.A.)Oxford University1970

Primate Ecology
Cognitive Evolution
Areas of Interest:

Behavioral ecology; parent-offspring interaction; sex differences in development; dispersal patterns; mating systems.


Africa • Aging • Animals • Animals, Wild • Behavior, Animal • Biological Evolution • Chimpanzees--Behavior--Research--Tanzania • Databases, Factual • Demography • Female • Fertility • Inbreeding • Lions • Pan troglodytes • Primates

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Pusey, AE; Oehlert, GW; Williams, JM; Goodall, J, Influence of ecological and social factors on body mass of wild chimpanzees, International Journal of Primatology, vol. 26 no. 1 (February, 2005), pp. 3-31, Springer Nature, ISSN 0164-0291 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Gilby, IC; Eberly, LE; Pintea, L; Pusey, AE, Ecological and social influences on the hunting behaviour of wild chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, Animal Behaviour, vol. 72 no. 1 (July, 2006), pp. 169-180, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0003-3472 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Murray, CM; Eberly, LE; Pusey, AE, Foraging strategies as a function of season and rank among wild female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Behavioral Ecology, vol. 17 no. 6 (November, 2006), pp. 1020-1028, Oxford University Press (OUP), ISSN 1045-2249 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Murray, CM; Mane, SV; Pusey, AE, Dominance rank influences female space use in wild chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes: towards an ideal despotic distribution, Animal Behaviour, vol. 74 no. 6 (December, 2007), pp. 1795-1804, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0003-3472 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Pusey, AE; Pintea, L; Wilson, ML; Kamenya, S; Goodall, J, The contribution of long-term research at Gombe National Park to chimpanzee conservation., Conservation Biology : the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, vol. 21 no. 3 (June, 2007), pp. 623-634, ISSN 0888-8892 [doi]  [abs]
  6. Emery Thompson, M; Jones, JH; Pusey, AE; Brewer-Marsden, S; Goodall, J; Marsden, D; Matsuzawa, T; Nishida, T; Reynolds, V; Sugiyama, Y; Wrangham, RW, Aging and fertility patterns in wild chimpanzees provide insights into the evolution of menopause., Current Biology : Cb, vol. 17 no. 24 (December, 2007), pp. 2150-2156, ISSN 0960-9822 [doi]  [abs]
  7. Pusey, A; Murray, C; Wallauer, W; Wilson, M; Wroblewski, E; Goodall, J, Severe aggression among female Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, International Journal of Primatology, vol. 29 no. 4 (August, 2008), pp. 949-973, Springer Nature, ISSN 0164-0291 [doi]  [abs]
  8. Murray, CM; Gilby, IC; Mane, SV; Pusey, AE, Adult male chimpanzees inherit maternal ranging patterns., Current Biology : Cb, vol. 18 no. 1 (January, 2008), pp. 20-24, ISSN 0960-9822 [doi]  [abs]
  9. Williams, JM; Lonsdorf, EV; Wilson, ML; Schumacher-Stankey, J; Goodall, J; Pusey, AE, Causes of death in the Kasekela chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania., American Journal of Primatology, vol. 70 no. 8 (August, 2008), pp. 766-777, ISSN 1098-2345 [doi]  [abs]
  10. Wroblewski, EE; Murray, CM; Keele, BF; Schumacher-Stankey, JC; Hahn, BH; Pusey, AE, Male dominance rank and reproductive success in chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii., Animal Behaviour, vol. 77 no. 4 (January, 2009), pp. 873-885, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0003-3472 [doi]  [abs]
  11. BF Keele, JH Jones, KA Terio, JD Estes, RS Rudicell, ML Wilson, Y Li, GH Learn, TM Beasley, J Schumacher-Stankey, E Wroblewski, A Mosser, J Raphael, S Kamenya, EV Lonsdorf, DA Travis, T Mlengeya, MJ Kinsel, JG Else, G Silvestri, J Goodall, PM Sharp, GM Shaw, AE Pusey, BH Hahn, Increased mortality and AIDS-like immunopathology in wild chimpanzees infected with SIVcpz., Nature, vol. 460 no. 7254 (July, 2009), pp. 515-9, ISSN 1476-4687 [doi]  [abs]
  12. Keele, BF; Jones, JH; Terio, KA; Estes, JD; Rudicell, RS; Wilson, ML; Li, Y; Learn, GH; Beasley, TM; Schumacher-Stankey, J; Wroblewski, E; Mosser, A; Raphael, J; Kamenya, S; Lonsdorf, EV; Travis, DA; Mlengeya, T; Kinsel, MJ; Else, JG; Silvestri, G; Goodall, J; Sharp, PM; Shaw, GM; Pusey, AE; Hahn, BH, Increased mortality and AIDS-like immunopathology in wild chimpanzees infected with SIVcpz., Nature, vol. 460 no. 7254 (July, 2009), pp. 515-519, ISSN 0028-0836 [doi]  [abs]
  13. Jones, JH; Wilson, ML; Murray, C; Pusey, A, Phenotypic quality influences fertility in Gombe chimpanzees., The Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 79 no. 6 (November, 2010), pp. 1262-1269, ISSN 0021-8790 [doi]  [abs]
  14. Bronikowski, AM; Altmann, J; Brockman, DK; Cords, M; Fedigan, LM; Pusey, A; Stoinski, T; Morris, WF; Strier, KB; Alberts, SC, Aging in the natural world: comparative data reveal similar mortality patterns across primates., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 331 no. 6022 (March, 2011), pp. 1325-1328, ISSN 0036-8075 [doi]  [abs]
  15. Morris, WF; Altmann, J; Brockman, DK; Cords, M; Fedigan, LM; Pusey, AE; Stoinski, TS; Bronikowski, AM; Alberts, SC; Strier, KB, Low demographic variability in wild primate populations: fitness impacts of variation, covariation, and serial correlation in vital rates., The American Naturalist, vol. 177 no. 1 (January, 2011), pp. E14-E28 [21117962], [doi]  [abs]

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