Susan C. Alberts, Robert F. Durden Distinguished Professor of Biology and Chair of Evolutionary Anthropology and Professor and Professor in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center fo

Susan C. Alberts

Research in the Alberts Lab investigates the evolution of social behavior, particularly in mammals, with a specific focus on the social behavior, demography, life history, and behavioral endocrinology of wild primates. Our main study system is the baboon population in Amboseli, Kenya, one of the longest-running studies of wild primates in the world, ongoing since 1971.

Office Location:  130 Science Drive, Rm 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 884-8714
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:


Ph.D.The University of Chicago1992
M.A.University of California - Los Angeles1987
B.A.Reed College1983

Organismal Biology and Behavior
Ecology and Population Biology

Aggression • Aging • Allelic Imbalance • Analysis of Variance • Animals • Animals, Wild • Anthropology, Physical • Behavior, Animal • Biological Evolution • Biology • Consensus Sequence • Databases, Factual • Demography • DNA, Mitochondrial • Duffy Blood-Group System • Ecosystem • Elephants • Environment • Evolution, Molecular • Feeding Behavior • Fertility • Gene Expression • Gene Expression Regulation • Gene-Environment Interaction • Genetic Fitness • Genetic Variation • Genetics, Population • Growth • Hybridization, Genetic • Inbreeding • Kenya • Longevity • Longitudinal Studies • Molar • Multivariate Analysis • Object Attachment • Pair Bond • Papio • Papio anubis • Papio cynocephalus • Papio hamadryas • Paternal Behavior • Pedigree • Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A • Phenotype • Phylogeny • Plasmodium vivax • Polymerase Chain Reaction • Polymorphism, Genetic • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide • Population Dynamics • Pregnancy • Primates • Promoter Regions, Genetic • Protein Binding • Qualitative Research • Rain • Receptors, Cell Surface • Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid • Reproduction • Research Design • Sequence Analysis, DNA • Sequence Homology • Sex Factors • Sexual Behavior, Animal • Sexual Maturation • Smell • Social Behavior • Social Dominance • Social Environment • Social Support • Species Specificity • Stochastic Processes • Testis • Testosterone • Theropithecus • Tooth Wear • Transcription Factors • Transcription, Genetic

Current Ph.D. Students  

Postdocs Mentored

Representative Publications   (search)

  1. Charpentier, MJE; Van Horn, RC; Altmann, J; Alberts, SC, Paternal effects on offspring fitness in a multimale primate society., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 105 no. 6 (February, 2008), pp. 1988-1992 [18250308], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Tung, J; Charpentier, MJE; Garfield, DA; Altmann, J; Alberts, SC, Genetic evidence reveals temporal change in hybridization patterns in a wild baboon population., Molecular Ecology, vol. 17 no. 8 (April, 2008), pp. 1998-2011 [18363664], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Charpentier, MJE; Tung, J; Altmann, J; Alberts, SC, Age at maturity in wild baboons: genetic, environmental and demographic influences., Molecular Ecology, vol. 17 no. 8 (April, 2008), pp. 2026-2040 [18346122], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Silk, JB; Alberts, SC; Altmann, J, Social bonds of female baboons enhance infant survival., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 302 no. 5648 (November, 2003), pp. 1231-1234 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Archie, EA; Hollister-Smith, JA; Poole, JH; Lee, PC; Moss, CJ; Maldonado, JE; Fleischer, RC; Alberts, SC, Behavioural inbreeding avoidance in wild African elephants., Molecular Ecology, vol. 16 no. 19 (October, 2007), pp. 4138-4148, ISSN 0962-1083 [doi]  [abs]
  6. Alberts, SC; Watts, HE; Altmann, J, Queuing and queue jumping: long term patterns of reproductive skew among male savannah baboons, Animal Behaviour, vol. 65 no. 4 (2003), pp. 821-840 [doi]  [abs]
  7. Van Horn, RC; Buchan, JC; Altmann, J; Alberts, SC, Divided destinies: Group choice by female savannah baboons during social group fission, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 61 no. 12 (October, 2007), pp. 1823-1837, Springer Nature, ISSN 0340-5443 [doi]  [abs]
  8. Smith, K; Alberts, SC; Altmann, J, Wild female baboons bias their social behaviour towards paternal half-sisters., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 270 no. 1514 (March, 2003), pp. 503-510, ISSN 0962-8452 [doi]  [abs]
  9. Hollister Smith, JA; Poole, JH; Archie, EA; Vance, EA; Georgiadis, NJ; Moss, CJ; Alberts, SC, Paternity success in wild African elephants, Animal Behaviour, vol. 74 no. 2 (2007), pp. 287-296, ISSN 0003-3472 [doi]  [abs]
  10. Buchan, JC; Alberts, SC; Silk, JB; Altmann, J, True paternal care in a multi-male primate society., Nature, vol. 425 no. 6954 (September, 2003), pp. 179-181 [12968180], [doi]  [abs]