James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita of Evolutionary Anthropology
I have recently retired and am not taking on new students although I am continuing some research projects. 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 five 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. 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. 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.
LTREB Renewal: Female Settlement Patterns and Social Relationships in Chimpanzees, a Male-Philopatric Species awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
Studies of the Precursor of the Human AIDS Virus in its Natural Chimpanzee Host awarded by University of Pennsylvania (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020
The Benefits of Male Relationships in the Gombe Chimpanzees awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017
Social Integration in Female Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania and Tchimpounga Sanctuary, Republic of Congo awarded by Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017
LTREB: Female Settlement Patterns and Social Relationships in Chimpanzees, a Male-Philopatric Species awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016
The Benefits of Male Social Bonds Among the Wild Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, of Gombe National Park, Kioma, Tanzania awarded by Conservation International (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014
Molecular Epidemiology and Natural History of SIVcpz awarded by University of Pennsylvania (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014
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