Susan C. Alberts

Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology

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

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1992

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

  • B.A., Reed College 1983

Selected Grants

The biodemography of early adversity: social behavioral processes in a wild animal model. awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023

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

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

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Maternal Early Life Adversity, Maternal Care, and Offspring Survival awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

A life course perspective on the effects of cumulative early adversity on health awarded by University of Notre Dame (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

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


Tung, J. “Genes revisited: The biodemography of social environmental variation through a functional genomics lens.” Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers, 2014, pp. 39–64. Scopus, doi:10.17226/18822. Full Text

Alberts, S. C., and J. Altmann. “The Amboseli baboon research project: 40 years of continuity and change.” Long-Term Field Studies of Primates, vol. 9783642225147, 2012, pp. 261–87. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_12. Full Text

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Noonan, M. J., et al. “A comprehensive analysis of autocorrelation and bias in home range estimation.” Ecological Monographs, vol. 89, no. 2, May 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1002/ecm.1344. Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., et al. “Male-mediated prenatal loss: Functions and mechanisms..” Evolutionary Anthropology, vol. 28, no. 3, May 2019, pp. 114–25. Epmc, doi:10.1002/evan.21776. Full Text

Akinyi, Mercy Y., et al. “Costs and drivers of helminth parasite infection in wild female baboons..” The Journal of Animal Ecology, Apr. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12994. Full Text

Grieneisen, Laura E., et al. “Genes, geology and germs: gut microbiota across a primate hybrid zone are explained by site soil properties, not host species..” Proceedings. Biological Sciences, vol. 286, no. 1901, Apr. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.0431. Full Text

Wango, T. L., et al. “Climate and Land Cover Analysis Suggest No Strong Ecological Barriers to Gene Flow in a Natural Baboon Hybrid Zone.” International Journal of Primatology, vol. 40, no. 1, Feb. 2019, pp. 53–70. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10764-017-9989-2. Full Text

Colchero, Fernando, et al. “The diversity of population responses to environmental change..” Ecology Letters, vol. 22, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 342–53. Epmc, doi:10.1111/ele.13195. Full Text

Alberts, Susan C. “Social influences on survival and reproduction: Insights from a long-term study of wild baboons..” The Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 88, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 47–66. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12887. Full Text

Lea, Amanda J., et al. “Dominance rank-associated gene expression is widespread, sex-specific, and a precursor to high social status in wild male baboons..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, no. 52, Dec. 2018, pp. E12163–71. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1811967115. Full Text

Reese, Aspen T., et al. “Microbial nitrogen limitation in the mammalian large intestine..” Nat Microbiol, vol. 3, no. 12, Dec. 2018, pp. 1441–50. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41564-018-0267-7. Full Text