Assistant Professor of Anthropology
SEH (800 2nd St.) 6850
|Address:||Lab: SEH 6980 / 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.
Dr. Murray is a primate behavioral ecologist who is currently investigating mother-infant relationships, 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.
For the latest information on Dr. Murray's research, visit the Primate Behavioral Ecology Laboratory website.
An up-to-date list of Dr. Murray's publications can be found at her laboratory's publications page.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2014 Markham, A.C., R.M. Santymire, E.V. Lonsdorf, M.R. Heintz, I. Lipende, and C.M. Murray. “Rank effects on social stress in lactating chimpanzees,” Animal Behaviour 87:195-202.
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.
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.