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 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.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1978

Feldblum, JT, Wroblewski, EE, Rudicell, RS, Hahn, BH, Paiva, T, Cetinkaya-Rundel, M, Pusey, AE, and Gilby, IC. "Sexually coercive male chimpanzees sire more offspring." Current Biology : Cb 24.23 (December 2014): 2855-2860. Full Text Open Access Copy

Murray, CM, Lonsdorf, EV, Stanton, MA, Wellens, KR, Miller, JA, Goodall, J, and Pusey, AE. "Early social exposure in wild chimpanzees: mothers with sons are more gregarious than mothers with daughters." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111.51 (December 2014): 18189-18194. Full Text Open Access Copy

Moeller, AH, Li, Y, Mpoudi Ngole, E, Ahuka-Mundeke, S, Lonsdorf, EV, Pusey, AE, Peeters, M, Hahn, BH, and Ochman, H. "Rapid changes in the gut microbiome during human evolution." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111.46 (November 3, 2014): 16431-16435. Full Text

Wilson, ML, Boesch, C, Fruth, B, Furuichi, T, Gilby, IC, Hashimoto, C, Hobaiter, CL, Hohmann, G, Itoh, N, Koops, K, Lloyd, JN, Matsuzawa, T, Mitani, JC, Mjungu, DC, Morgan, D, Muller, MN, Mundry, R, Nakamura, M, Pruetz, J, Pusey, AE, Riedel, J, Sanz, C, Schel, AM, Simmons, N, Waller, M, Watts, DP, White, F, Wittig, RM, Zuberbühler, K, and Wrangham, RW. "Lethal aggression in Pan is better explained by adaptive strategies than human impacts." Nature 513.7518 (September 2014): 414-417. Full Text

Stanton, MA, Lonsdorf, EV, Pusey, AE, Goodall, J, and Murray, CM. "Maternal behavior by birth order in wild chimpanzees (pan troglodytes): Increased investment by first-time mothers." Current Anthropology 55.4 (January 1, 2014): 483-489. Full Text

Liu, W, Li, Y, Shaw, KS, Learn, GH, Plenderleith, LJ, Malenke, JA, Sundararaman, SA, Ramirez, MA, Crystal, PA, Smith, AG, Bibollet-Ruche, F, Ayouba, A, Locatelli, S, Esteban, A, Mouacha, F, Guichet, E, Butel, C, Ahuka-Mundeke, S, Inogwabini, B-I, Ndjango, J-BN, Speede, S, Sanz, CM, Morgan, DB, Gonder, MK, Kranzusch, PJ, Walsh, PD, Georgiev, AV, Muller, MN, Piel, AK, Stewart, FA, Wilson, ML, Pusey, AE, Cui, L, Wang, Z, Färnert, A, Sutherland, CJ, Nolder, D, Hart, JA, Hart, TB, Bertolani, P, Gillis, A, LeBreton, M, Tafon, B, Kiyang, J, Djoko, CF, Schneider, BS, Wolfe, ND, Mpoudi-Ngole, E, Delaporte, E, Carter, R, Culleton, RL, Shaw, GM, Rayner, JC, Peeters, M, Hahn, BH, and Sharp, PM. "African origin of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax." Nature Communications 5 (January 2014): 3346-null. Full Text

Plooij, FX, van de Rijt-Plooij, H, Fischer, M, and Pusey, A. "Longitudinal recordings of the vocalizations of immature Gombe chimpanzees for developmental studies." Scientific Data 1 (January 2014): 140025-null. Full Text

Miller, JA, Pusey, AE, Gilby, IC, Schroepfer-Walker, KK, Catherine Markham, A, and Murray, CM. "Competing for space: female chimpanzees are more aggressive inside than outside their core areas." Animal Behaviour (November 22, 2013). Full Text

Moeller, AH, Shilts, M, Li, Y, Rudicell, RS, Lonsdorf, EV, Pusey, AE, Wilson, ML, Hahn, BH, and Ochman, H. "SIV-induced instability of the chimpanzee gut microbiome." Cell Host & Microbe 14.3 (September 2013): 340-345. Full Text

Alberts, SC, Altmann, J, Brockman, DK, Cords, M, Fedigan, LM, Pusey, A, Stoinski, TS, Strier, KB, Morris, WF, and Bronikowski, AM. "Reproductive aging patterns in primates reveal that humans are distinct." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110.33 (August 2013): 13440-13445. Full Text