Susan Alberts (

Susan is the head of the lab.





Laurence Gesquiere (

Laurence is a senior research scientist in the lab.  She manages the hormone research and runs the hormone lab.  Her research centers on projects in behavioral endocrinology and behavioral ecology largely focused on the wild baboon population of Amboseli.  Her ongoing research includes patterns of “cross-sex” hormones:  estrogen in male and testosterone in female baboons, and age-related changes in baboon physiology.


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Jake Gordon (

Jake is the lab’s data manager. He maintains our online database, and oversees entry of our behavioral data.  Jake also maintains the online records of our archives of baboon tissues, DNA, and RNA.



Mercy Akinyi (

Mercy is a PhD student in the lab. Her research interests are geared to the understanding of the relationship between the environmental factors and genetic mechanisms that affect animal behavior and welfare (including risk to predisposition to disease), particularly for non-human primates in their natural environment and in captivity.



Amanda Lea (

Amanda is a Ph.D. student in the University Program in Ecology. She is interested in the impact of early life environment (both social and ecological) on behavior throughout the life course, as well as the molecular processes that mediate such long lasting effects. Amanda is co-advised by Susan Alberts and Jenny Tung.  Contact her at her email above or check out her website at .


Matthew Zipple

Matthew Zipple (

Matthew is a Ph.D. student in the lab.  He is broadly interested in questions of behavioral ecology.  He is especially interested in the fitness implications of interactions between adults and immature individuals, and how such interactions shape social structures and behaviors.


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Emily McLean (

Emily is a PhD student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics.  She is interested in the role genetics and environments play in shaping life history traits and social behavior.  In particular, she is interested in how the phenotype of a given individual may be shaped by the genes/environments experiences by their social partners.  She primarily uses quantitative genetics and pedigree analysis to investigate these questions.



Emily Levy (

Emily is a Ph.D. student in the lab.  She’s interested in the impact of environmental factors on mammalian social behavior and how hormones in the neuroendocrine system predict and are predicted by those behaviors.