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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Selected Grants

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 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