Cyril Grueter

Associate Professor, PhD Zurich

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


From 2005-2009, I did my PhD at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) which involved a pioneering 20-month study on the social organisation and ecology of wild snub-nosed monkeys in China (done in collaboration with the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences). From 2009-2011, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany). My postdoc included 18 months of research on the socioecology of the mountain gorilla population in Rwanda. In 2012, I took up a Faculty position in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology (now School of Human Sciences) at UWA. I currently holds a joint affiliation with the Centre for Evolutionary Biology in the School of Biological Sciences. I'm also a research fellow in UWA’s Africa Research and Engagement Centre and Adjunct Professor at Dali University (China). 

Funding overview

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (2019-2022)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (2014-2018; 2018-2020)

UWA Research Collaboration Award (2016)

Fellowship for Young International Scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011)

Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2009-2011)


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)

ANIM 1001 The Darwinian Revolution (Lecturer)

ANHB 2215 Biological Anthropology (Coordinator; lecturer)

ANHB 3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology (Lecturer)

ANHB 3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation (Coordinator, lecturer, tutor)

ANHB 3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I

ANHB 3320 Human Biology: Applications & Investigations II 

ANHB 3395 Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation of Primates in China [Field School] (Coordinator)

SCIE 5510 Biomedical Science Research in Context


My primary research interests lie at the interface of behavioural ecology and evolutionary anthropology and include the evolution of primate/human sociality. My particular interests revolve around the evolutionary causes and consequences of meta-group social organization (the existence of tolerant relationships between social groups) and multilevel societies (the organization of core social units into a larger collective encompassing multiple nested social levels). A second focus area of research pivots on how certain primates are able to cope with the demands of living in marginal montane environments in both the temperate zone and the tropics. I am involved in ongoing field research projects on snub-nosed monkeys in China and maintain an active field research program in Rwanda where I and my PhD students are conducting eco-behavioural research on chimpanzees.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Dali University

Research expertise keywords

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


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