Susan C. Alberts

Susan C. Alberts

Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

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., University of Chicago 1992

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

  • B.A., Reed College 1983

Selected Grants

LTREB Renewal: Life history and behavior in a primate hybrid zone awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2020

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Maternal Early Life Adversity, Maternal Care, and Offspring Survival awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

A life course perspective on the effects of cumulative early adversity on health awarded by University of Notre Dame (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Effects of the Social Environment on DNA Methylation and Immune Function in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on Social Behaviors in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Epigenetic Consequences of Social Status across the Life Span in a Primate Model awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Behavioral and Hormonal Correlates of Gastrointestinal Helminth Infections in Wild Male Baboons awarded by Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Novel Integration of Multidimensional Data from an Emerging Model of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Mechanisms and Consequences of Social Connectedness in a Wild Primate Population awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015


Tung, J, Alberts, SC, Archie, EA, Gesquiere, LR, Altmann, J, Vaupel, JW, and Christensen, K. "Genes revisited: The biodemography of social environmental variation through a functional genomics lensThe male-female health-survival paradox: A comparative perspective on sex differences in aging and mortality (PublishedPublished)." Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers. October 16, 2014. 39-64. Full Text

Loisel, DA, Alberts, SC, and Ober, C. "Functional significance of MHC variation in mate choice, reproductive outcome, and disease risk." Evolution in Health and Disease. April 1, 2010. Full Text

Lea, AJ, Akinyi, MY, Nyakundi, R, Mareri, P, Nyundo, F, Kariuki, T, Alberts, SC, Archie, EA, and Tung, J. "Dominance rank-associated gene expression is widespread, sex-specific, and a precursor to high social status in wild male baboons." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (December 11, 2018). Full Text

Reese, AT, Pereira, FC, Schintlmeister, A, Berry, D, Wagner, M, Hale, LP, Wu, A, Jiang, S, Durand, HK, Zhou, X, Premont, RT, Diehl, AM, O'Connell, TM, Alberts, SC, Kartzinel, TR, Pringle, RM, Dunn, RR, Wright, JP, and David, LA. "Microbial nitrogen limitation in the mammalian large intestine." Nature Microbiology (October 29, 2018). Full Text

Lea, A, Akinyi, M, Nyakundi, R, Mareri, P, Nyundo, F, Kariuki, T, Alberts, S, Archie, E, and Tung, J. "Dominance rank-associated immune gene expression is widespread, sex-specific, and a precursor to high social status in wild male baboons." (July 10, 2018). Full Text

Gesquiere, LR, Altmann, J, Archie, EA, and Alberts, SC. "Interbirth intervals in wild baboons: Environmental predictors and hormonal correlates." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166.1 (May 2018): 107-126. Full Text

Gesquiere, LR, Pugh, M, Alberts, SC, and Markham, AC. "Estimation of energetic condition in wild baboons using fecal thyroid hormone determination." General and Comparative Endocrinology 260 (May 2018): 9-17. Full Text

Tucker, MA, Böhning-Gaese, K, Fagan, WF, Fryxell, JM, Van Moorter, B, Alberts, SC, Ali, AH, Allen, AM, Attias, N, Avgar, T, Bartlam-Brooks, H, Bayarbaatar, B, Belant, JL, Bertassoni, A, Beyer, D, Bidner, L, van Beest, FM, Blake, S, Blaum, N, Bracis, C, Brown, D, de Bruyn, PJN, Cagnacci, F, Calabrese, JM, Camilo-Alves, C, Chamaillé-Jammes, S, Chiaradia, A, Davidson, SC, Dennis, T, DeStefano, S, Diefenbach, D, Douglas-Hamilton, I, Fennessy, J, Fichtel, C, Fiedler, W, Fischer, C, Fischhoff, I, Fleming, CH, Ford, AT, Fritz, SA, Gehr, B, Goheen, JR, Gurarie, E, Hebblewhite, M, Heurich, M, Hewison, AJM, Hof, C, Hurme, E, Isbell, LA, Janssen, R, Jeltsch, F, Kaczensky, P, Kane, A, Kappeler, PM, Kauffman, M, Kays, R, Kimuyu, D, Koch, F, Kranstauber, B, LaPoint, S, Leimgruber, P, Linnell, JDC, López-López, P, Markham, AC, Mattisson, J, Medici, EP, Mellone, U, Merrill, E, de Miranda Mourão, G, Morato, RG, Morellet, N, Morrison, TA, Díaz-Muñoz, SL, Mysterud, A, Nandintsetseg, D, Nathan, R, Niamir, A, Odden, J, O'Hara, RB, Oliveira-Santos, LGR, Olson, KA, Patterson, BD, Cunha de Paula, R, Pedrotti, L, Reineking, B, Rimmler, M, Rogers, TL, Rolandsen, CM, Rosenberry, CS, Rubenstein, DI, Safi, K, Saïd, S, Sapir, N, Sawyer, H, Schmidt, NM, Selva, N, Sergiel, A, Shiilegdamba, E, Silva, JP, Singh, N, Solberg, EJ, Spiegel, O, Strand, O, Sundaresan, S, Ullmann, W, Voigt, U, Wall, J, Wattles, D, Wikelski, M, Wilmers, CC, Wilson, JW, Wittemyer, G, Zięba, F, Zwijacz-Kozica, T, and Mueller, T. "Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements." Science (New York, N.Y.) 359.6374 (January 2018): 466-469. Full Text

Campos, FA, Morris, WF, Alberts, SC, Altmann, J, Brockman, DK, Cords, M, Pusey, A, Stoinski, TS, Strier, KB, and Fedigan, LM. "Does climate variability influence the demography of wild primates? Evidence from long-term life-history data in seven species." Global Change Biology 23.11 (November 2017): 4907-4921. Full Text

Grieneisen, LE, Livermore, J, Alberts, S, Tung, J, and Archie, EA. "Group Living and Male Dispersal Predict the Core Gut Microbiome in Wild Baboons." Integrative and Comparative Biology 57.4 (October 2017): 770-785. Full Text

Akinyi, MY, Gesquiere, LR, Franz, M, Onyango, PO, Altmann, J, and Alberts, SC. "Hormonal correlates of natal dispersal and rank attainment in wild male baboons." Hormones and Behavior 94 (August 8, 2017): 153-161. Full Text