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

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

Effects of the Social Environment on DNA Methylation and Immune Function in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on Social Behaviors in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (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

Behavioral and Hormonal Correlates of Gastrointestinal Helminth Infections in Wild Male Baboons awarded by Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation (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. October 16, 2014. 39-64. Full Text

Alberts, SC, and Altmann, J. "The Amboseli baboon research project: 40 years of continuity and change." Long-Term Field Studies of Primates. July 1, 2012. 261-287. Full Text

Loisel, DA, Alberts, SC, and Ober, C. "Functional significance of MHC variation in mate choice, reproductive outcome, and disease risk." Evolution in Health and Disease.: Oxford University Press. November 22, 2007. 95-108. Full Text

Zipple, MN, Roberts, EK, Alberts, SC, and Beehner, JC. "Male-mediated prenatal loss: Functions and mechanisms." Evolutionary Anthropology (April 6, 2019). Full Text

Wango, TL, Musiega, D, Mundia, CN, Altmann, J, Alberts, SC, and Tung, J. "Climate and Land Cover Analysis Suggest No Strong Ecological Barriers to Gene Flow in a Natural Baboon Hybrid Zone." International Journal of Primatology 40.1 (February 15, 2019): 53-70. Full Text

Colchero, F, Jones, OR, Conde, DA, Hodgson, D, Zajitschek, F, Schmidt, BR, Malo, AF, Alberts, SC, Becker, PH, Bouwhuis, S, Bronikowski, AM, De Vleeschouwer, KM, Delahay, RJ, Dummermuth, S, Fernández-Duque, E, Frisenvaenge, J, Hesselsøe, M, Larson, S, Lemaître, J-F, McDonald, J, Miller, DAW, O'Donnell, C, Packer, C, Raboy, BE, Reading, CJ, Wapstra, E, Weimerskirch, H, While, GM, Baudisch, A, Flatt, T, Coulson, T, and Gaillard, J-M. "The diversity of population responses to environmental change." Ecology Letters 22.2 (February 2019): 342-353. (Letter) Full Text

Noonan, MJ, Tucker, MA, Fleming, CH, Akre, TS, Alberts, SC, Ali, AH, Altmann, J, Antunes, PC, Belant, JL, Beyer, D, Blaum, N, Böhning-Gaese, K, Cullen, L, de Paula, RC, Dekker, J, Drescher-Lehman, J, Farwig, N, Fichtel, C, Fischer, C, Ford, AT, Goheen, JR, Janssen, R, Jeltsch, F, Kauffman, M, Kappeler, PM, Koch, F, LaPoint, S, Markham, AC, Medici, EP, Morato, RG, Nathan, R, Oliveira-Santos, LGR, Olson, KA, Patterson, BD, Paviolo, A, Ramalho, EE, Rösner, S, Schabo, DG, Selva, N, Sergiel, A, Xavier da Silva, M, Spiegel, O, Thompson, P, Ullmann, W, Zięba, F, Zwijacz-Kozica, T, Fagan, WF, Mueller, T, and Calabrese, JM. "A comprehensive analysis of autocorrelation and bias in home range estimation." Ecological Monographs (January 1, 2019). Full Text

Alberts, SC. "Social influences on survival and reproduction: Insights from a long-term study of wild baboons." The Journal of Animal Ecology 88.1 (January 2019): 47-66. Full Text

Lea, AJ, Akinyi, MY, Nyakundi, R, Mareri, P, Nyundo, F, Kariuki, T, Alberts, SC, Archie, EA, and Tung, J. "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 115.52 (December 11, 2018): E12163-E12171. Full Text

Reese, AT, Pereira, FC, Schintlmeister, A, Berry, D, Wagner, M, Hale, LP, Wu, A, Jiang, S, Durand, HK, Zhou, X, Premont, RT, Diehl, AM, O'Connell, TM, Alberts, SC, Kartzinel, TR, Pringle, RM, Dunn, RR, Wright, JP, and David, LA. "Microbial nitrogen limitation in the mammalian large intestine." Nature Microbiology 3.12 (December 2018): 1441-1450. Full Text

Lea, A, Akinyi, M, Nyakundi, R, Mareri, P, Nyundo, F, Kariuki, T, Alberts, S, Archie, E, and Tung, J. "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, LR, Pugh, M, Alberts, SC, and Markham, AC. "Estimation of energetic condition in wild baboons using fecal thyroid hormone determination." General and Comparative Endocrinology 260 (May 2018): 9-17. Full Text

Gesquiere, LR, Altmann, J, Archie, EA, and Alberts, SC. "Interbirth intervals in wild baboons: Environmental predictors and hormonal correlates." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166.1 (May 2018): 107-126. Full Text