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

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

Wilson, ML, Wallauer, WR, and Pusey, AE. "New cases of intergroup violence among chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania." International Journal of Primatology 25.3 (2004): 523-549. Full Text

Lonsdorf, EV, Eberly, LE, and Pusey, AE. "Erratum: Sex differences in learning in chimpanzees (Nature (2004) 428 (715-716))." Nature 429.6988 (2004): 154--.

Santiago, ML, Lukasik, M, Kamenya, S, Li, Y, Bibollet-Ruche, F, Bailes, E, Muller, MN, Emery, M, Goldenberg, DA, Lwanga, JS, Ayouba, A, Nerrienet, E, McClure, HM, Heeney, JL, Watts, DP, Pusey, AE, Collins, DA, Wrangham, RW, Goodall, J, Brookfield, JFY, Sharp, PM, Shaw, GM, and Hahn, BH. "Foci of endemic simian immunodeficiency virus infection in wild-living eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)." Journal of Virology 77.13 (2003): 7545-7562. Full Text

Santiago, ML, Bibollet-Ruche, F, Bailes, E, Kamenya, S, Muller, MN, Lukasik, M, Pusey, AE, Collins, DA, Wrangham, RW, Goodall, J, Shaw, GM, Sharp, PM, and Hahn, BH. "Amplification of a complete simian immunodeficiency virus genome from fecal RNA of a wild chimpanzee." Journal of Virology 77.3 (2003): 2233-2242. Full Text

Earmhardt, JM, Ross, SR, Lonsdorf, EV, and Pusey, A. "A demographic comparison of wild chimpanzees from Gombe and a managed population from North American zoos." American Journal of Primatology 60.Supplement 1 (2003): 62-63.

Santiago, ML, Rodenburg, CM, Kamenya, S, Bibollet-Ruche, F, Gao, F, Bailes, E, Meleth, S, Soong, S-J, Kilby, JM, Moldoveanu, Z, Fahey, B, Muller, MN, Ayouba, A, Nerrienet, E, McClure, HM, Heeney, JL, Pusey, AE, Collins, DA, Boesch, C, Wrangham, RW, Goodall, J, Sharp, PM, Shaw, GM, and Hahn, BH. "SIVcpz in wild chimpanzees." Science 295.5554 (2002): 465--. Full Text

Williams, JM, Pusey, AE, Carlis, JV, Farm, BP, and Goodall, J. "Female competition and male territorial behaviour influence female chimpanzees' ranging patterns." Animal Behaviour 63.2 (2002): 347-360. Full Text

Hill, K, Boesch, C, Goodall, J, Pusey, A, Williams, J, and Wrangham, R. "Mortality rates among wild chimpanzees." Journal of Human Evolution 40.5 (May 2001): 437-450. Full Text

Constable, JL, Ashley, MV, Goodall, J, and Pusey, AE. "Noninvasive paternity assignment in Gombe chimpanzees." Molecular Ecology 10.5 (May 2001): 1279-1300. Full Text