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

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 (March 2011): 26-35. Full Text

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. Biological Sciences 278.1704 (February 2011): 408-416. 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." The American Naturalist 177.1 (January 2011): E14-E28. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gillespie, TR, Lonsdorf, EV, Canfield, EP, Meyer, DJ, Nadler, Y, Raphael, J, Pusey, AE, Pond, J, Pauley, J, Mlengeya, T, and Travis, DA. "Demographic and ecological effects on patterns of parasitism in eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143.4 (December 2010): 534-544. Full Text

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

Rudicell, RS, Holland Jones, J, Wroblewski, EE, Learn, GH, Li, Y, Robertson, JD, Greengrass, E, Grossmann, F, Kamenya, S, Pintea, L, Mjungu, DC, Lonsdorf, EV, Mosser, A, Lehman, C, Collins, DA, Keele, BF, Goodall, J, Hahn, BH, Pusey, AE, and Wilson, ML. "Impact of simian immunodeficiency virus infection on chimpanzee population dynamics." Plos Pathogens 6.9 (September 23, 2010): e1001116-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

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

Blinkova, O, Victoria, J, Li, Y, Keele, BF, Sanz, C, Ndjango, J-BN, Peeters, M, Travis, D, Lonsdorf, EV, Wilson, ML, Pusey, AE, Hahn, BH, and Delwart, EL. "Novel circular DNA viruses in stool samples of wild-living chimpanzees." The Journal of General Virology 91.Pt 1 (January 2010): 74-86. Full Text

Keele, BF, Jones, JH, Terio, KA, Estes, JD, Rudicell, RS, Wilson, ML, Li, Y, Learn, GH, Beasley, TM, Schumacher-Stankey, J, Wroblewski, E, Mosser, A, Raphael, J, Kamenya, S, Lonsdorf, EV, Travis, DA, Mlengeya, T, Kinsel, MJ, Else, JG, Silvestri, G, Goodall, J, Sharp, PM, Shaw, GM, Pusey, AE, and Hahn, BH. "Increased mortality and AIDS-like immunopathology in wild chimpanzees infected with SIVcpz." Nature 460.7254 (July 2009): 515-519. Full Text

Wroblewski, EE, Murray, CM, Keele, BF, Schumacher-Stankey, JC, Hahn, BH, and Pusey, AE. "Male dominance rank and reproductive success in chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii." Animal Behaviour 77.4 (April 2009): 873-885. Full Text