Anne Pusey

James B. Duke Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
101 Biological Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383
(919) 684-1848


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 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, and advise students working there. 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, and the importance of alliances in males. 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.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1978

Wroblewski, EE, Murray, CM, Keele, BF, Schumacher-Stankey, JC, Hahn, BH, and Pusey, AE. "Male dominance rank and reproductive success in chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii." Animal Behaviour 77.4 (2009): 873-885. Full Text

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, and Hahn, BH. "Increased mortality and AIDS-like immunopathology in wild chimpanzees infected with SIVcpz." Nature 460.7254 (2009): 515-519. Full Text

Foster, MW, Gilby, IC, Murray, CM, Johnson, A, Wroblewski, EE, and Pusey, AE. "Alpha male chimpanzee grooming patterns: Implications for dominance "style"." American Journal of Primatology 71.2 (2009): 136-144. Full Text

Murray, CM, Lonsdorf, EV, Eberly, LE, and Pusey, AE. "Reproductive energetics in free-living female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)." Behavioral Ecology 20.6 (2009): 1211-1216. Full Text

Pusey, A, Murray, C, Wallauer, W, Wilson, M, Wroblewski, E, and Goodall, J. "Severe aggression among female Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii at Gombe National Park, Tanzania." International Journal of Primatology 29.4 (2008): 949-973. Full Text

Williams, JM, Lonsdorf, EV, Wilson, ML, Schumacher-Stankey, J, Goodall, J, and Pusey, AE. "Causes of death in the Kasekela chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania." American journal of primatology 70.8 (2008): 766-777. Full Text

Murray, CM, Gilby, IC, Mane, SV, and Pusey, AE. "Adult Male Chimpanzees Inherit Maternal Ranging Patterns." Current Biology 18.1 (2008): 20-24. Full Text

Pusey, AE, Wilson, ML, and Collins, DA. "Human impacts, disease risk, and population dynamics in the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania." American journal of primatology 70.8 (2008): 738-744. Full Text

Thompson, ME, Wilson, ML, Gobbo, G, Muller, MN, and Pusey, AE. "Hyperprogesteronemia in response to Vitex fischeri consumption in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)." American Journal of Primatology 70.11 (2008): 1064-1071. Full Text

Thompson, ME, Stumpf, RM, and Pusey, AE. "Female reproductive strategies and competition in apes: An introduction." International Journal of Primatology 29.4 (2008): 815-821. Full Text