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

Liu, W, Worobey, M, Li, Y, Keele, BF, Bibollet-Ruche, F, Guo, Y, Goepfert, PA, Santiago, ML, Ndjango, J-BN, Neel, C, Clifford, SL, Sanz, C, Kamenya, S, Wilson, ML, Pusey, AE, Gross-Camp, N, Boesch, C, Smith, V, Zamma, K, Huffman, MA, Mitani, JC, Watts, DP, Peeters, M, Shaw, GM, Switzer, WM, Sharp, PM, and Hahn, BH. "Molecular ecology and natural history of simian foamy virus infection in wild-living chimpanzees." Plos Pathogens 4.7 (July 4, 2008): e1000097-null. Full Text

Murray, CM, Gilby, IC, Mane, SV, and Pusey, AE. "Adult male chimpanzees inherit maternal ranging patterns." Current Biology : Cb 18.1 (January 2008): 20-24. Full Text

Emery Thompson, M, Jones, JH, Pusey, AE, Brewer-Marsden, S, Goodall, J, Marsden, D, Matsuzawa, T, Nishida, T, Reynolds, V, Sugiyama, Y, and Wrangham, RW. "Aging and fertility patterns in wild chimpanzees provide insights into the evolution of menopause." Current Biology : Cb 17.24 (December 2007): 2150-2156. Full Text

Murray, CM, Mane, SV, and Pusey, AE. "Dominance rank influences female space use in wild chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes: towards an ideal despotic distribution." Animal Behaviour 74.6 (December 1, 2007): 1795-1804. Full Text

Takehisa, J, Kraus, MH, Decker, JM, Li, Y, Keele, BF, Bibollet-Ruche, F, Zammit, KP, Weng, Z, Santiago, ML, Kamenya, S, Wilson, ML, Pusey, AE, Bailes, E, Sharp, PM, Shaw, GM, and Hahn, BH. "Generation of infectious molecular clones of simian immunodeficiency virus from fecal consensus sequences of wild chimpanzees." Journal of Virology 81.14 (July 2007): 7463-7475. 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 : the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 21.3 (June 2007): 623-634. Full Text

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 (February 1, 2007): 23-37. 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 (November 1, 2006): 1020-1028. 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 (September 2006): 897-908. 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 (July 1, 2006): 169-180. Full Text