Assistant Professor of Anthropology
2114 G St. 302
Lab Office: 2147 F Street | 202-994-4186
Areas of Expertise
Adaptive value of social relationships, both on a behavioral and a biochemical level, among chimpanzees; effects of maternal stress and behavior on offspring.
Dr. Murray is a primate behavioral ecologist who studies the adaptive value of social relationships. She is currently investigating this in the context of the mother-infant relationship, particularly how maternal stress and behavior influence offspring outcomes.
- The relationship of mother-infant interaction to adrenocortical activity and offspring development, health, and stress in wild chimpanzees.
- Comparative primate studies on the influence of non-kin social relationships on offspring success.
- The adaptive value of friendships among female chimpanzees.
- Factors producing higher reproductive success of higher-ranking females.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2014 Lonsdorf, E.V., K.E. Anderson, M.A. Stanton, M.Shender, M.R. Heintz, J. Goodall, and C.M. Murray. "Boys will be boys: Sex differences in wild infant chimpanzee social interactions," Animal Behaviour 88: 79-83.
2010 Jones, J.H., M.L. Wilson, C.M. Murray, and A.E. Pusey. "Phenotypic quality influences fertility in Gombe chimpanzees," Journal of Animal Ecology 79(6): 1262-1269.
2009 Murray, C.M., E.V. Lonsdorf, L.E. Eberly, and A.E. Pusey. "Rank-dependent reproductive energetics in free-living female chimpanzees," Behavioral Ecology 20: 1211-1216.
2008 Murray, C.M., I. Gilby, S.V. Mane, and A.E. Pusey. "Male chimpanzees inherit maternal ranging patterns," Current Biology 18: 20-24.
2006 Murray, C.M., L.E. Eberly, and A.E. Pusey. "Foraging strategies as a function of season and rank among wild female chimpanzees," Behavioral Ecology 17: 1020-1028.