Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden 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

Reese, Aspen T., Fátima C. Pereira, Arno Schintlmeister, David Berry, Michael Wagner, Laura P. Hale, Anchi Wu, et al. “Microbial nitrogen limitation in the mammalian large intestine..” Nat Microbiol 3, no. 12 (December 2018): 1441–50. Full Text

Lea, Amanda, Mercy Akinyi, Ruth Nyakundi, Peter Mareri, Fred Nyundo, Thomas Kariuki, Susan Alberts, Elizabeth Archie, and Jenny Tung. “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, Laurence R., Mya Pugh, Susan C. Alberts, and A Catherine Markham. “Estimation of energetic condition in wild baboons using fecal thyroid hormone determination..” General and Comparative Endocrinology 260 (May 2018): 9–17. Full Text

Gesquiere, Laurence R., Jeanne Altmann, Elizabeth A. Archie, and Susan C. Alberts. “Interbirth intervals in wild baboons: Environmental predictors and hormonal correlates..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166, no. 1 (May 2018): 107–26. Full Text

Tucker, Marlee A., Katrin Böhning-Gaese, William F. Fagan, John M. Fryxell, Bram Van Moorter, Susan C. Alberts, Abdullahi H. Ali, et al. “Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements..” Science (New York, N.Y.) 359, no. 6374 (January 2018): 466–69. Full Text

Campos, Fernando A., William F. Morris, Susan C. Alberts, Jeanne Altmann, Diane K. Brockman, Marina Cords, Anne Pusey, Tara S. Stoinski, Karen B. Strier, and Linda M. Fedigan. “Does climate variability influence the demography of wild primates? Evidence from long-term life-history data in seven species..” Global Change Biology 23, no. 11 (November 2017): 4907–21. Full Text

Grieneisen, Laura E., Josh Livermore, Susan Alberts, Jenny Tung, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Group Living and Male Dispersal Predict the Core Gut Microbiome in Wild Baboons..” Integrative and Comparative Biology 57, no. 4 (October 2017): 770–85. Full Text

Akinyi, Mercy Y., Laurence R. Gesquiere, Mathias Franz, Patrick O. Onyango, Jeanne Altmann, and Susan C. Alberts. “Hormonal correlates of natal dispersal and rank attainment in wild male baboons..” Hormones and Behavior 94 (August 8, 2017): 153–61. Full Text

Miller, Elizabeth A., Joshua A. Livermore, Susan C. Alberts, Jenny Tung, and Elizabeth A. Archie. “Ovarian cycling and reproductive state shape the vaginal microbiota in wild baboons..” Microbiome 5, no. 1 (January 19, 2017). Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., Jackson H. Grady, Jacob B. Gordon, Lydia D. Chow, Elizabeth A. Archie, Jeanne Altmann, and Susan C. Alberts. “Conditional fetal and infant killing by male baboons..” Proceedings. Biological Sciences 284, no. 1847 (January 2017). Full Text


Selected Grants

Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on Social Behaviors in Wild Baboons awarded by (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

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

Collaborative Research: Genes, environment and gene expression in a wild primate population awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: Genetic Variation and Gene Expression in Wild Baboons awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2009

Collaborative Research: Life In a Changing Environment awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2009