Media coverage

Media coverage




Campos F.A., Altmann J., Cords M., Fedigan L.M., Lawler R., Lonsdorf E.V., Stoinski T.S., Strier K.B., Bronikowski A.M., Pusey A.E., Alberts S.C. 2022. Female reproductive aging in seven primate species: Patterns and consequences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 119(20): e2117669119.


Scientific Sense (Feb 26th, 2022) Podcast interview Susan Alberts 


Lerch B.A., Abbott K.C., Archie E.A., Alberts S.C. 2021. Better baboon break-ups: collective decision theory of complex social network fissions. Proceedings of the Royal Society. 288: 2021060

Grieneisen L., Dasari M., Gould T.J., Björk J.R., Grenier J., Yotova V., Jansen D., Gottel N., Gordon J.B., Learn N.H., Gesquiere L.R., Wango T.L., Mututua R.S., Warutere J.K., Siodi L., Gilbert J.A., Barreiro L.B., Alberts S.C., Tung J., Archie E.A., Blekhman R. 2021. Gut microbiome heritability is nearly universal but environmentally contingent, Science 373:181-186 

Anderson J.A., Johnston R.A., Lea A.J., Campos F.A., Voyles T.A., Akinyi M.Y., Alberts S.C., Archie E.A., Tung J. 2021. High social status males experience accelerated epigenetic aging in wild baboons. eLife 2021;10:e66128  & Campos F.A., Archie, E.A., Gesquiere, L.R., Tung, J. Alberts S.C. 2021. Glucocorticoid exposure predicts survival in female baboons. Science Advances. 7: eabf6759



Campos F.A., Villavicencio F., Archie E.A., Colchero F.,  Alberts S.C. 2020 A comparison of dominance rank metrics reveals multiple competitive landscapes in an animal society. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.37520190621


Rosenbaum S.R., Zeng S., Campos F.A., Gesquiere L., Altmann J., Alberts S.C., Li F., Archie, E.A. 2020. Social bonds do not mediate the relationship between early adversity and adult glucocorticoids in wild baboons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 



Zipple M.N.,  Archie E.A., Tung J., Altmann J.,  Alberts S.C. 2019. Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons. eLife 8:e47433


Grieneisen LE, Charpentier MJE, Alberts SC, Blekhman R, Bradburd G, Tung, J Archie EA Genes, geology and germs: gut microbiota across a primate hybrid zone are explained by site soil properties, not host species Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286


Scientific American (Jan 2019) Publication featuring the exiting work of the Amboseli Baboon Research Project The Social Lives of the Amboseli Baboons


Alberts S.C. 2019. Social influences on survival and reproduction: Insights from a long‐term study of wild baboons. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:47–66


Tucker et al (2018)  Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 359: 466–469

Paper that includes GPS data from the Amboseli baboon project.



WFDD 88.5 (Feb 17 2017) Podcast interview Courtney Fitzpatrick Investigating The Purpose Of Female Beauty In Animals


Zipple MN, Grady HJ, Gordon JB,  Chow LD, Archie, EA,  Altmann, J,  Alberts, SC. Conditional fetal and infant killing by male baboons. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 284:20162561


Colchero F, Rau R,  Jones OR, Barthold JA, Conde DA, Lenart A, Nemeth L,  Scheuerlein A, Schoeley J, Torres C, Zarulli V, Altmann J, Brockman DK, Bronikowski AM, Fedigan LM,  Pusey AE,
Stoinski TS, Strier KB,  Baudisch A, and Alberts SC, Vaupel, JW (2016) The emergence of longevous populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Tung* JT, Archie* EA, Altmann J, Alberts SC (2016) Cumulative early life adversity predicts longevity in wild baboons. Nature Communications. 7: 11181 

   *these authors contributed equally


Fitzpatrick CL, Altmann J, Alberts SC (2015) Exaggerated sexual swellings and male mate choice in primates: testing the reliable indicator hypothesis in the Amboseli baboons. Animal Behaviour 104: 175-185


Tung J,  Barreiro LB, Burns MB, Grenier JC, Lynch J, Grieneisen LE, Altmann J, Alberts SC, Blekhman R, Archie EA (2015) " Social networks predict gut microbiome composition in wild baboons" eLife 10.7554/eLife.05224

Markham AC, Gesquiere LR, Alberts SC, Altmann J In (2015). Optimal group size: Ranging patterns and glucocorticoid levels in a highly social mammal. PNAS 112 (48) 14882-14887


Pennisi E (2014) "Baboon watch" Science 346(6207) (Feature article about the project)

Archie EA, Tung J, Clark M, Altmann J, Alberts SC (2014) "Social affiliation matters: both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships predict survival in wild female baboons". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1793)


Lea AJ, Learn NH, Theus MJ, Altmann J, Alberts SC (2014) "Complex sources of variance in female dominance rank in a nepotistic society" Animal Behaviour, 94, 87-99


Archie EA, Altmann J, Alberts SC (2014)  "Costs of reproduction in a long-lived female primate: injury risk and wound healingBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 68: 1183-1193.


"Friends with benefits"  by Carl Zimmer in Time (Feb 2012) on animal friendships more broadly that included the Silk et al 2003 study.


Archie EA, Altmann J Alberts SC (2012) "Social status predicts wound healing in wild baboonsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109 (23) 9017-9022.


Gesquiere LR, Learn NH, Simao MCM, Onyango PO, Alberts SC, Altmann J. (2011) "Life at the top: energetic and psychological stress in wild male primatesScience 333:357-360.


Bronikowski AM, Altmann J, Brockman DK, Cords M, Fedigan LM, Pusey AE, Stoinski T, Morris WF, Strier KB, Alberts SC (2011) "Aging in the natural world: comparative data reveal similar mortality patterns across primates" Science 331: 1325-1328


Tung J, Primus A, Bouley A, Severson T, Alberts SC, Wray GA (2009) "Evolution of a malaria resistance gene in wild primates" Nature 460:388-391.


Buchan J, Alberts SC, Silk JB, Altmann J. (2003) "True paternal care in a multi-male primate society".  Nature 425: 179-181


Silk JB, Alberts SC, Altmann J 2003  "Social bonds of female baboons enhance infant survival"  Science 302: 1231-1234







Media coverage

This page lists some of the media coverage we've received over the years.


Collaborating institutions

Princeton, Duke, Notre Dame, and Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology

Princeton University

Duke University

University of Notre Dame

Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology






Additional Partner Institutions

Kenya Wildlife Service, University of Nairobi, Institute of Primate Research, The George Washington University, National Museums of Kenya, Enduimet Wildlife Management Area
















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