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

Wildt, DE, Bush, M, Goodrowe, KL, Packer, C, Pusey, AE, Brown, JL, Joslin, P, and O'Brien, SJ. "Reproductive and genetic consequences of founding isolated lion populations." Nature 329.6137 (January 1, 1987): 328-331. Full Text

Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "Cooperation and competition in lions (reply)." Nature 302.5906 (December 1, 1983): 356-null. Full Text

Pusey, AE. "Mother-offspring relationships in chimpanzees after weaning." Animal Behaviour 31.2 (May 1983): 363-377. Full Text

Pusey, A, and Packer, C. "Once and future kings." Natureal History 92 (1983): 54-63.

Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "Adaptations of female lions to infanticide by incoming males ( Panthera leo)." American Naturalist 121.5 (January 1, 1983): 716-728. Full Text

Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "Cooperation and competition within coalitions of male lions: kin selection or game theory?." Nature 296.5859 (December 1, 1982): 740-742. Full Text

Pusey, AE. "Inbreeding avoidance in chimpanzees." Animal Behaviour 28.2 (January 1, 1980): 543-552. Full Text

Packer, C, and Pusey, AE. "Female aggression and male membership in troops of Japanese macaques and olive baboons." Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology 31.3 (January 1979): 212-218. Full Text