Anne Pusey

Anne Pusey

James B. Duke Professor Emerita 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

Gilby, IC, Brent, LJN, Wroblewski, EE, Rudicell, RS, Hahn, BH, Goodall, J, and Pusey, AE. "Fitness benefits of coalitionary aggression in male chimpanzees." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2012): 1-9. Full Text

Gogarten, JF, Brown, LM, Chapman, CA, Cords, M, Doran-Sheehy, D, Fedigan, LM, Gre, FE, Perry, S, Pusey, AE, Sterck, EHM, Wich, SA, and Wright, PC. "Seasonal mortality patterns non-human primates: Implications for variation selection pressures across environments." Evolution 66.10 (2012): 3252-3266. Full Text

Degnan, PH, Pusey, AE, Lonsdorf, EV, Goodall, J, Wroblewski, EE, Wilson, ML, Rudicell, RS, Hahn, BH, and Ochman, H. "Factors associated with the diversification of the gut microbial communities within chimpanzees from Gombe National Park." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109.32 (2012): 13034-13039. Full Text

Moeller, AH, Degnan, PH, Pusey, AE, Wilson, ML, Hahn, BH, and Ochman, H. "Chimpanzees and humans harbour compositionally similar gut enterotypes." Nature Communications 3 (2012). Full Text

Bronikowski, AM, Altmann, J, Brockman, DK, Cords, M, Fedigan, LM, Pusey, A, Stoinski, T, Morris, WF, Strier, KB, and Alberts, SC. "Aging in the natural world: Comparative data reveal similar mortality patterns across primates." Science 331.6022 (2011): 1325-1328. Full Text

Morris, WF, Altmann, J, Brockman, DK, Cords, M, Fedigan, LM, Pusey, AE, Stoinski, TS, Bronikowski, AM, Alberts, SC, and Strier, KB. "Low demographic variability in wild primate populations: fitness impacts of variation, covariation, and serial correlation in vital rates." Am Nat 177.1 (January 2011): E14-E28. Full Text Open Access Copy

Langergraber, KE, Boesch, C, Inoue, E, Inoue-Murayama, M, Mitani, JC, Nishida, T, Pusey, A, Reynolds, V, Schubert, G, Wrangham, RW, Wroblewski, E, and Vigilant, L. "Genetic and 'cultural' similarity in wild chimpanzees." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278.1704 (2011): 408-416. Full Text

Lonsdorf, EV, Murray, CM, Lonsdorf, EV, Travis, DA, Gilby, IC, Chosy, J, Goodall, J, and Pusey, AE. "A retrospective analysis of factors correlated to chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) respiratory health at Gombe National Park, Tanzania." EcoHealth 8.1 (2011): 26-35. Full Text

Strier, KB, Altmann, J, Brockman, DK, Bronikowski, AM, Cords, M, Fedigan, LM, Lapp, H, Liu, X, Morris, WF, Pusey, AE, Stoinski, TS, and Alberts, SC. "The Primate Life History Database: A unique shared ecological data resource." Methods in ecology and evolution 1.2 (June 2010): 199-211. Full Text

Jones, JH, Wilson, ML, Murray, C, and Pusey, A. "Phenotypic quality influences fertility in Gombe chimpanzees." Journal of Animal Ecology 79.6 (2010): 1262-1269. Full Text