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

Murray, CM, Wroblewski, E, and Pusey, AE. "New case of intragroup infanticide in the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park." International Journal of Primatology 28.1 (2007): 23-37. Full Text

Pusey, AE, Pintea, L, Wilson, ML, Kamenya, S, and Goodall, J. "The contribution of long-term research at Gombe National Park to chimpanzee conservation." Conservation Biology 21.3 (2007): 623-634. Full Text

Murray, CM, Eberly, LE, and Pusey, AE. "Foraging strategies as a function of season and rank among wild female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)." Behavioral Ecology 17.6 (2006): 1020-1028. Full Text

Gilby, IC, Eberly, LE, Pintea, L, and Pusey, AE. "Ecological and social influences on the hunting behaviour of wild chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii." Animal Behaviour 72.1 (2006): 169-180. Full Text

Lonsdorf, EV, Travis, D, Pusey, AE, and Goodall, J. "Using retrospective health data from the Gombe chimpanzee study to inform future monitoring efforts." American Journal of Primatology 68.9 (2006): 897-908. Full Text

Pusey, AE, Oehlert, GW, Williams, JM, and Goodall, J. "Influence of ecological and social factors on body mass of wild chimpanzees." International Journal of Primatology 26.1 (2005): 3-31. Full Text

Mane, S, Murray, C, Shekhar, S, Srivastava, J, and Pusey, A. "Spatial clustering of chimpanzee locations for neighborhood identification." Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM (2005): 737-740. Full Text

Lodwick, JL, Borries, C, Pusey, AE, Goodall, J, and McGrew, WC. "From nest to nest--influence of ecology and reproduction on the active period of adult Gombe chimpanzees." American Journal of Primatology 64.3 (November 2004): 249-260. Full Text

Lonsdorf, EV, Eberly, LE, and Pusey, AE. "Sex differences in learning in chimpanzees." Nature 428.6984 (April 2004): 715-716. Full Text

Williams, JM, Oehlert, GW, Carlis, JV, and Pusey, AE. "Why do male chimpanzees defend a group range?." Animal Behaviour 68.3 (2004): 523-532. Full Text