Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Emeritus
Senior Scholar, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
401 Guyot Hall
Jeanne Altmann is the Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research and the Princeton Environmental Institute. She is interested in the relationship between life histories—including survival and reproductive success, behavior—individual, family, and more broad social group, and the physical environment on the one hand and physiology on the other. Her empirical research on behavior, demography, and ecology has focused for 40 years on a population of wild nonhuman primates, baboons, in an arid and highly seasonal savannah environment in southern Kenya where data collection has been primarily observational for seven generations of individually identified animals. Starting in 2000, physiological samples have been extracted from field-collected fecal samples on these individuals to enable the Amboseli Baboon Research Project to get ‘under the skin’ by evaluating metabolites of steroid hormones. A major focus of Jeanne’s recent and ongoing research is to evaluate the relationship between events early in life and early in adulthood and subsequent patterns of aging. Jeanne is a member of several national and international scientific advisory committees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the US National Academy of Science.