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  Susan C. Alberts, Affliated Faculty
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  Susan C. AlbertsRobert F. Durden Professor of Biology and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Chair of Evolutionary Anthropology and Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Professor in the Divison of Marine Science and Conservation and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Populatio

Office Location:  130 Science Drive, Rm 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7272
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  • Ph.D. University of Chicago 1992
  • M.A. University of California at Los Angeles 1987
  • B.A. Reed College 1983


Organismal Biology and Behavior
Ecology and Population Biology
Research Interests:

I have two primary lines of research. The first involves understanding how behavior impacts individual fitness in natural populations of large mammals. This research is based on detailed information about individual behavior and life histories, and is focussed primarily on the savannah baboon population in Amboseli National Park, in southern Kenya. The second involves the relationship between genes and behavior; how does behavior affect population genetic structure, and how do genes influence behavior? My current research projects include: An analysis of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and its relationship to mating behavior in two baboon populations. Two microsatellite studies, one of the Amboseli baboon population and one of the well-studied wild elephant population in Amboseli.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Silk, JB; Alberts, SC; Altmann, J. "Social bonds of female baboons enhance infant survival.." Science (New York, N.Y.) 302:5648 (November, 2003): 1231-1234. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Alberts, SC; Watts, HE; Altmann, J. "Queuing and queue jumping: long term patterns of reproductive skew among male savannah baboons." Animal Behaviour 65:4 (2003): 821-840. [doi]  [abs]
  3. 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 270:1514 (2003): 503-510. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Buchan, JC; Alberts, SC; Silk, JB; Altmann, J. "True paternal care in a multi-male primate society.." Nature 425:6954 (September, 2003): 179-181. [12968180], [doi]  [abs]