Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Distinguished Professor of Biology

Office: 
130 Science Drive, Rm 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 884-8714
Research in the Alberts Lab investigates the evolution of social behavior, particular in mammals, with a specific focus on the social behavior, demography, life history, and behavioral endocrinology of wild primates. Our main research focuses on one of the longest-running studies of wild primates in the world, the Amboseli Baboon Research Project, in southern Kenya, which has been ongoing since 1971.

Education

  • 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. https://doi.org/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.” In Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers, 39–64, 2014. https://doi.org/10.17226/18822. 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_12. Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., Jeanne Altmann, Fernando A. Campos, Marina Cords, Linda M. Fedigan, Richard R. Lawler, Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf, et al. “Maternal death and offspring fitness in multiple wild primates.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118, no. 1 (January 2021). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2015317118. Full Text

Campos, Fernando A., Francisco Villavicencio, Elizabeth A. Archie, Fernando Colchero, and Susan C. Alberts. “Social bonds, social status and survival in wild baboons: a tale of two sexes.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 375, no. 1811 (November 2020): 20190621. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0621. Full Text

Weibel, Chelsea J., Jenny Tung, Susan C. Alberts, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Accelerated reproduction is not an adaptive response to early-life adversity in wild baboons.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117, no. 40 (October 2020): 24909–19. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2004018117. 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.Proceedings. Biological Sciences 287, no. 1934 (September 9, 2020): 20201013. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.1013. Full Text Open Access Copy

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 (September 2020): 104826. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2020.104826. Full Text Open Access Copy

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. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2004524117. Full Text

Noonan, Michael J., Christen H. Fleming, Marlee A. Tucker, Roland Kays, Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Margaret C. Crofoot, Briana Abrahms, et al. “Effects of body size on estimation of mammalian area requirements.Conservation Biology : The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 34, no. 4 (August 2020): 1017–28. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13495. 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). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aax9553. 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.23093. 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. https://doi.org/10.1086/705810. Full Text

Pages

Widdig, Anja, Susan C. Alberts, Peter Nuernberg, and Michael Krawzcak. “Do mothers promote social preference among their paternally related offspring? Testing mechanisms of paternal kin discrimination.” In Folia Primatologica, 79:398–398. KARGER, 2008.

Campos, Fernando A., Tara S. Stoinski, Marina Cords, Susan Perry, Susan C. Alberts, Karen B. Strier, Richard R. Lawler, et al. “Data from: Beyond orphaned infants: novel effects of maternal death in wild primates,” October 26, 2020. https://doi.org/10.7924/r44f1tk8k. Full Text

Zipple, Matthew, Anne Pusey, Richard Lawler, Jeanne Altmann, Tara Stoinski, Karen Strier, Elizabeth Londsdorf, et al. “Data from: Beyond orphaned infants: novel effects of maternal death in wild primates,” October 26, 2020. https://doi.org/10.7924/r44f1tk8k. 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

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