Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Distinguished Professor of Biology

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


  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago 1992

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

  • B.A., Reed College 1983

Fitzpatrick, C. L., and S. C. Alberts. “Mating systems of old world monkeys.” In Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 575–79, 2019. Full Text

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

Alberts, S. C., and J. Altmann. “The Amboseli baboon research project: 40 years of continuity and change.” In Long-Term Field Studies of Primates, 9783642225147:261–87, 2012. Full Text

Levy, Emily J., Matthew N. Zipple, Emily McLean, Fernando A. Campos, Mauna Dasari, Arielle S. Fogel, Mathias Franz, et al. “A comparison of dominance rank metrics reveals multiple competitive landscapes in an animal society.Proc Biol Sci 287, no. 1934 (September 9, 2020): 20201013. Full Text

Levy, Emily J., Laurence R. Gesquiere, Emily McLean, Mathias Franz, J Kinyua Warutere, Serah N. Sayialel, Raphael S. Mututua, et al. “Higher dominance rank is associated with lower glucocorticoids in wild female baboons: A rank metric comparison.Hormones and Behavior 125 (August 22, 2020): 104826. Full Text

Rosenbaum, Stacy, Shuxi Zeng, Fernando A. Campos, Laurence R. Gesquiere, Jeanne Altmann, Susan C. Alberts, Fan Li, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Social bonds do not mediate the relationship between early adversity and adult glucocorticoids in wild baboons.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117, no. 33 (August 3, 2020): 20052–62. Full Text

Snyder-Mackler, Noah, Joseph Robert Burger, Lauren Gaydosh, Daniel W. Belsky, Grace A. Noppert, Fernando A. Campos, Alessandro Bartolomucci, et al. “Social determinants of health and survival in humans and other animals.Science (New York, N.Y.) 368, no. 6493 (May 2020). Full Text Open Access Copy

Gesquiere, Laurence R., Bobby Habig, Christina Hansen, Amanda Li, Kimberly Freid, Niki H. Learn, Susan C. Alberts, Andrea L. Graham, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Noninvasive measurement of mucosal immunity in a free-ranging baboon population.American Journal of Primatology 82, no. 2 (February 2020): e23093. Full Text

McLean, Emily M., Elizabeth A. Archie, and Susan C. Alberts. “Lifetime Fitness in Wild Female Baboons: Trade-Offs and Individual Heterogeneity in Quality.The American Naturalist 194, no. 6 (December 2019): 745–59. Full Text

Fischer, Julia, James P. Higham, Susan C. Alberts, Louise Barrett, Jacinta C. Beehner, Thore J. Bergman, Alecia J. Carter, et al. “Insights into the evolution of social systems and species from baboon studies.Elife 8 (November 12, 2019). Full Text

Habig, Bobby, David A. W. A. M. Jansen, Mercy Y. Akinyi, Laurence R. Gesquiere, Susan C. Alberts, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Multi-scale predictors of parasite risk in wild male savanna baboons (Papio cynocephalus).” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73, no. 10 (October 2019). Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., Elizabeth A. Archie, Jenny Tung, Jeanne Altmann, and Susan C. Alberts. “Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons.Elife 8 (September 24, 2019). Full Text

Zipple, M. N., E. A. Archie, J. Tung, J. Altmann, and S. C. Alberts. “Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons.” Elife 8 (September 1, 2019). Full Text


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