• The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I completed my PhD degree in biological anthropology in 2009 at the University of Zurich/Switzerland, which was supervised by Prof. Carel van Schaik. My research was aimed at understanding the evolutionary determinants of multilevel societies in primates and included 20 months of observations on wild snub-nosed monkeys in China, complemented with comparative cross-species analyses. Subsequently I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/Germany and conducted a field study on the feeding ecology and feeding competition in mountain gorillas in Rwanda between 2009 and 2010 in collaboration with the Karisoke Research Center.

Funding overview

Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2009)
National Science Foundation of China Research Fund for International Young Scientists (2011)
UWA Research Collaboration Award (2016)

Current projects

Social network of multilevel societies in golden snub-nosed monkeys

Evolution of meta-group social organization in primates/humans

Causes and consequences on intergroup conflict in mountain gorillas

Determinants of super-group formation in colobus monkeys in Rwanda

Behavioral ecology of a montane population of chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park (Rwanda)

Teaching overview

ANHB 1101 Human Biology - Becoming Human (Lecturer)
ANHB 3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology (Lecturer)
ANHB 3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation (Coordinator, lecturer, tutor)
ANHB 3320 Human Biology: Applications & Investigations II


My primary research interests lie at the interface of behavioral ecology and evolutionary anthropology and include the evolution of primate/human sociality and the mechanisms underlying social cohesion. My particular interests revolve around the evolution of meta-group social organization which describes cases in which individuals of different social units interact and collaborate to varying degrees. I am currently involved in ongoing field research projects on snub-nosed monkeys in China as well as mountain gorillas and colobus monkeys in Rwanda.

Research expertise keywords

  • Primatology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Socioecology
  • Social behaviour
  • Social organisation
  • Comparative analyses

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Research Output

Cafeteria-style feeding trials provide new insights into the diet and nutritional strategies of the black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri): Implications for conservation

Yang, Y., Li, Q., Garber, P. A., Grueter, C. C., Ren, G., Wang, X., Huang, Z., Xiang, Z., Xiao, W. & Behie, A., Mar 2020, In : American Journal of Primatology. 82, 3, e23108.

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  • Chimpanzee ranging responses to fruit availability in a high-elevation environment

    Green, S. J., Boruff, B. J., Niyigaba, P., Ndikubwimana, I. & Grueter, C. C., May 2020, In : American Journal of Primatology. 82, 5, e23119.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Dynamics of Intergroup Relationships in Primates: Introduction to the Special Issue

    Van Belle, S., Grueter, C. C. & Furuichi, T., 1 Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Primatology. 41, 2, p. 163-170 8 p.

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    Open Access

    From ridge tops to ravines: landscape drivers of chimpanzee ranging patterns

    Green, S. J., Boruff, B. J. & Grueter, C. C., May 2020, In : Animal Behaviour. 163, p. 51-60 10 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


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    In primates, evolution is a ball game

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    New research warns of primate extinction in China

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