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

Prado-Martinez, J, Sudmant, PH, Kidd, JM, Li, H, Kelley, JL, Lorente-Galdos, B, Veeramah, KR, Woerner, AE, O'Connor, TD, Santpere, G, Cagan, A, Theunert, C, Casals, F, Laayouni, H, Munch, K, Hobolth, A, Halager, AE, Malig, M, Hernandez-Rodriguez, J, Hernando-Herraez, I, Prüfer, K, Pybus, M, Johnstone, L, Lachmann, M, Alkan, C, Twigg, D, Petit, N, Baker, C, Hormozdiari, F, Fernandez-Callejo, M, Dabad, M, Wilson, ML, Stevison, L, Camprubí, C, Carvalho, T, Ruiz-Herrera, A, Vives, L, Mele, M, Abello, T, Kondova, I, Bontrop, RE, Pusey, A, Lankester, F, Kiyang, JA, Bergl, RA, Lonsdorf, E, Myers, S, Ventura, M, Gagneux, P, Comas, D, Siegismund, H, Blanc, J, Agueda-Calpena, L, Gut, M, Fulton, L, Tishkoff, SA, Mullikin, JC, Wilson, RK, Gut, IG, Gonder, MK, Ryder, OA, Hahn, BH, Navarro, A, Akey, JM, Bertranpetit, J, Reich, D, Mailund, T, Schierup, MH, Hvilsom, C, Andrés, AM, Wall, JD, Bustamante, CD, Hammer, MF, Eichler, EE, and Marques-Bonet, T. "Great ape genetic diversity and population history." Nature 499.7459 (July 3, 2013): 471-475. Full Text

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 67.3 (March 2013): 373-381. Full Text

Pusey, AE, and Schroepfer-Walker, K. "Female competition in chimpanzees." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 368.1631 (January 2013): 20130077-null. (Review) Full Text

Gilby, I, Pusey, A, and Wilson, M. "Ecological and social correlates of inter-group aggression and predation in male chimpanzees." Animal Behaviour 86 (2013): 61-74.

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 67.3 (2013): 373-381. Full Text

Gogarten, JF, Brown, LM, Chapman, CA, Cords, M, Doran-Sheehy, D, Fedigan, LM, Grine, FE, Perry, S, Pusey, AE, Sterck, EHM, Wich, SA, and Wright, PC. "Seasonal mortality patterns in non-human primates: implications for variation in selection pressures across environments." Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 66.10 (October 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 (August 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 (January 2012): 1179-null. 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 (New York, N.Y.) 331.6022 (March 2011): 1325-1328. Full Text