Pusey Lab


Anne Pusey, the James B. Duke Professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke, is 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 her work has focused on social mammals: lions and chimpanzees. Pusey manages the Gombe Chimpanzee Project and, through the Jane Goodall Research Institute Center at Duke, curates the data collected by Jane Goodall at Gombe, Tanzania.

Jane Goodall Research Institute Center at Duke

Pusey oversees the Jane Goodall Research Institute Center at Duke which houses all the data collected by British primatologist Jane Goodall. The archive is made up of Goodall's original typed and handwritten field notes from her observations of chimpanzees for more than 50 years in Gombe, Tanzania. A major curatorial activity of the archive is the computerization of systematically collected daily data, incorporating it with related material into a relational database for scientific analysis.

For more information, visit: Jane Goodall Research Institute Center at Duke. For more information about Jane Goodall's current work, visit The Jane Goodall Institute.

Gombe Chimpanzee Project

For the last 20 years Pusey has worked almost exclusively on the long-term Gombe chimpanzee project at the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. She advises on the ongoing field study at Gombe and also advises the students working there. The study of a wide variety of questions is enabled through a combination of analysis of the long-term data and focused collection of new data in the field. Current projects in her research group include studies of female social relationships and female settlement patterns, and the importance of alliances in males. Pusey's team participates 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 simian immunodeficiency virus (SIVcpz).

For ongoing information about the Gombe Chimpanzee Project, visit: https://sites.duke.edu/gombechimpanzees/