James B. Duke Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
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.
Williams, JM, Pusey, AE, Carlis, JV, Farm, BP, and Goodall, J. "Female competition and male territorial behaviour influence female chimpanzees' ranging patterns." Animal Behaviour 63.2 (2002): 347-360. Full Text
Packer, C, Pusey, AE, and Eberly, LE. "Egalitarianism in female African lions." Science 293.5530 (2001): 690-693.
Constable, JL, Ashley, MV, Goodall, J, and Pusey, AE. "Noninvasive paternity assignment in Gombe chimpanzees." Molecular Ecology 10.5 (2001): 1279-1300. Full Text
Pusey, A, Williams, J, and Goodall, J. "The influence of dominance rank on the reproductive success of female chimpanzees." Science 277.5327 (1997): 828-831. Full Text
Heinsohn, R, Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "Development of cooperative territoriality in juvenile lions." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 263.1369 (1996): 475-479. Full Text
Grinnell, J, Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "Cooperation in male lions: kinship, reciprocity or mutualism?." Animal Behaviour 49.1 (1995): 95-105.
Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "The Lack clutch in a communal breeder: Lion litter size is a mixed evolutionarily stable strategy." American Naturalist 145.5 (1995): 833-841. Full Text