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., University of Chicago 1992

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

  • B.A., Reed College 1983

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

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

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

Akinyi, Mercy Y., David Jansen, Bobby Habig, Laurence R. Gesquiere, Susan C. Alberts, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Costs and drivers of helminth parasite infection in wild female baboons.The Journal of Animal Ecology 88, no. 7 (July 2019): 1029–43. Full Text

Noonan, M. J., M. A. Tucker, C. H. Fleming, T. S. Akre, S. C. Alberts, A. H. Ali, J. Altmann, et al. “A comprehensive analysis of autocorrelation and bias in home range estimation.” Ecological Monographs 89, no. 2 (May 1, 2019). Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., Eila K. Roberts, Susan C. Alberts, and Jacinta C. Beehner. “Male-mediated prenatal loss: Functions and mechanisms.Evolutionary Anthropology 28, no. 3 (May 2019): 114–25. Full Text

Grieneisen, Laura E., Marie J. E. Charpentier, Susan C. Alberts, Ran Blekhman, Gideon Bradburd, Jenny Tung, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Genes, geology and germs: gut microbiota across a primate hybrid zone are explained by site soil properties, not host species.Proceedings. Biological Sciences 286, no. 1901 (April 2019): 20190431. Full Text

Wango, T. L., D. Musiega, C. N. Mundia, J. Altmann, S. C. Alberts, and J. Tung. “Climate and Land Cover Analysis Suggest No Strong Ecological Barriers to Gene Flow in a Natural Baboon Hybrid Zone.” International Journal of Primatology 40, no. 1 (February 15, 2019): 53–70. Full Text

Colchero, Fernando, Owen R. Jones, Dalia A. Conde, David Hodgson, Felix Zajitschek, Benedikt R. Schmidt, Aurelio F. Malo, et al. “The diversity of population responses to environmental change.Ecology Letters 22, no. 2 (February 2019): 342–53. Full Text


Selected Grants

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 2020

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

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

A life course perspective on the effects of cumulative early adversity on health awarded by University of Notre Dame (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

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