Susan C. Alberts

Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Distinguished Professor of Biology

External address: 
130 Science Drive, Rm 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7272


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago 1992

  • M.A., University of California - Los Angeles 1987

  • B.A., Reed College 1983

Selected Grants

Genetic and Genomics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2020 to 2025

Research Network on Animal Models to Understand Social Dimensions of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2020 to 2025

Collaborative Research: Competition within and between primate social groups: Hormonal and behavioral signatures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2023

The biodemography of early adversity: social behavioral processes in a wild animal model. awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Maternal Early Life Adversity, Maternal Care, and Offspring Survival awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

LTREB Renewal: Life history and behavior in a primate hybrid zone awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2021

Effects of Early-life Adversity on Body Size and Immune Function in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2021

A life course perspective on the effects of cumulative early adversity on health awarded by University of Notre Dame (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021

Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020


Fitzpatrick, C. L., and S. C. Alberts. “Mating systems of old world monkeys.” Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 2019, pp. 575–79. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.20690-0. Full Text

Tung, J. “Genes revisited: The biodemography of social environmental variation through a functional genomics lens.” Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers, 2014, pp. 39–64. Scopus, doi:10.17226/18822. Full Text

Alberts, S. C., and J. Altmann. “The Amboseli baboon research project: 40 years of continuity and change.” Long-Term Field Studies of Primates, vol. 9783642225147, 2012, pp. 261–87. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_12. Full Text

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Snyder-Mackler, Noah, et al. “Social determinants of health and survival in humans and other animals.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 368, no. 6493, May 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.aax9553. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gesquiere, Laurence R., et al. “Noninvasive measurement of mucosal immunity in a free-ranging baboon population.American Journal of Primatology, vol. 82, no. 2, Feb. 2020, p. e23093. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajp.23093. Full Text

McLean, Emily M., et al. “Lifetime Fitness in Wild Female Baboons: Trade-Offs and Individual Heterogeneity in Quality.The American Naturalist, vol. 194, no. 6, Dec. 2019, pp. 745–59. Epmc, doi:10.1086/705810. Full Text

Fischer, Julia, et al. “Insights into the evolution of social systems and species from baboon studies.Elife, vol. 8, Nov. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.7554/elife.50989. Full Text

Habig, Bobby, et al. “Multi-scale predictors of parasite risk in wild male savanna baboons (Papio cynocephalus).” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 73, no. 10, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Oct. 2019. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s00265-019-2748-y. Full Text

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Zipple, M. N., et al. “Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons.” Elife, vol. 8, Sept. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.7554/eLife.47433.001. Full Text

Akinyi, Mercy Y., et al. “Costs and drivers of helminth parasite infection in wild female baboons.The Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 88, no. 7, July 2019, pp. 1029–43. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12994. Full Text

Noonan, M. J., et al. “A comprehensive analysis of autocorrelation and bias in home range estimation.” Ecological Monographs, vol. 89, no. 2, May 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1002/ecm.1344. Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., et al. “Male-mediated prenatal loss: Functions and mechanisms.Evolutionary Anthropology, vol. 28, no. 3, May 2019, pp. 114–25. Epmc, doi:10.1002/evan.21776. Full Text