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Kevin Langergraber

Assistant Professor and Research Affiliate, Institute of Human Origins
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Kevin Langergraber has studied the behavioral and molecular ecology of the Ngogo group of chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Uganda, since 2001. He has served as co-director of the Ngogo Chimpanzee Project, a long-term field project devoted to the research and conservation of Ngogo chimpanzees, since 2011.  He held positions at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and at Boston University before joining ASU in 2014. 

Education

PhD Anthropology, University of Michigan

BA Psychology, Okanagan University College

Research Interests

As our closest living relatives, chimpanzees are of interest to evolutionary anthropologists for providing the standard by which to judge human uniqueness. Most of my research focuses on the exceptionally large Ngogo community, which contains about 200 individually recognized and named chimpanzees. My research combines long-term behavioral observations and demographic data with genetic data derived from non-invasively collected fecal samples to answer questions about the evolution of chimpanzees and humans. However, I am interested in all facets of the evolution of chimpanzee behavior, and I encourage potential students to contact me to discuss their ideas for research at Ngogo.

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

 

30. Hoffmann, C., Zimmermann, F., Biek, R., Kuehl, H., Nowak, K., Mundry, R., Agbor, A., Angedakin, S., Arandjelovic, M., Blankenburg, A., Brazolla, G., Corogenes, K., Couacy-Hymann, E., Deschner, T., Dieguez, P., Dierks, K., Düx, A., Dupke, S., Eshuis, H., Formenty, P., Goedmakers, A., Granjon, A-C., Grunow, R., Hart, J., Jones, S., Junker, J., Kyang, J., Langergraber, K.E., Lapuente, J., Lee, K., Leendertz, S.A., Leinert, V., Löhrich, T., Marrocoli, S., Mätz-Rensing, K., Meier, A., Merkel, K., Metzger, S., Moebius, Y., Murai, M., De Nys, H., Sachse, A., Schenk, S., van Schijndel, J., Thiesen, U., Ton, E., Yuh, Y.G., Boesch, C., Klee, S.R., Wittig, R.M., Calvignac-Spencer, S., Leendertz, F.H. (2017). Persistent anthrax as a major driver of wildlife mortality in a tropical rainforest. Nature, 548, 82-86.

 

29. Surbeck, M.*, Langergraber, K.E.*, Fruth, B., Vigilant, L., and Hohmann, G. (2017). Male reproductive skew is higher in bonobos than chimpanzees. Current Biology, 27, R640-R641.

 

28. Langergraber, K.E., Watts, D.P., Vigilant, L., and Mitani, J.C. (2017). Group augmentation, collective action, and territorial boundary patrols by male chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 114, 7337-7342. Cover article.

 

27. Surbeck, M., Girard-Buttoz, C., Boesch, C., Crockford, C., Fruth, B., Hohmann, G., Langergraber, K.E., Zuberbuhler, K., Wittig, R., and Mundry, R. (2017). Sex-specific association patterns in bonobos and chimpanzees reflect species differences in cooperation. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 161081.

 

26. Wood, B.M., Watts, D.P., Mitani, J.C., and Langergraber, K.E. (2017). Favorable ecological circumstances promote life expectancy in chimpanzees similar to that of human hunter-gatherers. Journal of Human Evolution, 105, 41-56.

 

25. Granjon, A.C., Rowney, C., Vigilant, L., and Langergraber, K.E. (2017). Evaluating genetic capture-mark-recapture using a chimpanzee population of known size. Journal of Wildlife Management, 81, 279-288. Cover article.

 

24. Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Weltring, A., Langergraber, K.E., Deschner, T., and Zuberbühler, K. (2016). Social support reduces stress hormone levels in wild chimpanzees across stressful events and everyday affiliations. Nature Communications, 7, 13361.

 

23. de Manuel, M., Kuhlwilm, M., Frandsen, P., Sousa, V., Desai, T., Prado-Martinez, J., Hernandez-Rodriguez, J., Duperret, I., Lao, O., Hallast, P., Schmidt, J., Heredia, T., Benazzo, A., Barbujani, G., Peter, B., Kuderna, L.F., Casals, F., Angedakin, S., Langergraber, K.E., Arandjelovic, M., Kuehl, H., Vigilant, L., Boesch, C., Novembre, J., Gut, M., Gut, I., Navarro, A., Andres, A., Siegismund, H.R., Excoffier, L., Scally, A., Xue, Y., Castellano, S., Tyler-Smith, C., Hvilsom, C., and Marques-Bonet, T. (2016). Chimpanzee genomic diversity reveals ancient admixture with bonobos in the wild. Science, 354, 477-481. (10%)

 

22. Madinda, N.F., Ehlers, B., Wertheim, J.O., Akoua-Koffi, C., Bergl, R.A., Boesch, C., Boji Mungu Akonkwa, D., Eckardt, W., Fruth, B., Gillespie, T.R., Gray, M., Hohmann, G., Karhemere, S., Kujirakwinja, D., Langergraber, K.E., Muyembe, J.J., Nishuli, R., Pauly, M., Petrzelkova, K.J., Robbins, M.M., Todd, A., Schubert, G., Stoinski, T.S., Wittig, R.M., Zuberbühler, K., Peeters, M., Leendertz, F.H., and Calvignac-Spencer, S. (2016). Assessing host-virus codivergence for close relatives of Merkel cell polyomavirus infecting African great apes. Journal of Virology, 90, 8351-8541.

 

21. Kühl, H.S., Kalan, A.K., Arandjelovic, M., Aubert, F., Goedmakers, A., Jones, S., Regnaut, S., Tickle, A., van Schijndel, J., Angedakin, S., Agbor, A., Ayuk Ayimisin, E. , Bailey, E., Bessone, M., Bonnet, M., Brazolla, G., Ebua Buh, V., Chancellor, R., Cipoletta, C., Cohen, H., Corogenes, K., Coupland, C., Desarmeaux, T., Deschner, T., Dierks, K., Dieguez, P., Dilambaka, E., Diotoh, O., Dowd, D., Dunn, A., Eshius, H., Fernandez, R., Ginath, Y., Hart, J., Ter Heegde, M., Hicks, T.C, Imong, I., Jeffery, K., Junker, J.,  Kambi, M., Kehoe, L., Kienast, I.,  Kujirakwinja, D., Langergraber, K.E., Lapeyre, V., Lapuente, J., Lee, K., Leinert, V., Meier, A., Maretti, G., Marrocoli, S., Mbe, T.J., Morgan, D., Morgan, B., Mulindahabi, F., Murai, M., Normand, E., Ormsby, L.J., Piel, A., Pruetz, J., Sanz, C., Sommer, V., Stewart, F., Tagg, N., VanLeeuwe, H.,  Vergnes, V., Willie, J., Wittig, R., Zuberbuehler, K., and Boesch, C. (2016). Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing. Scientific Reports, 6, 22219.

 

20. Moore, D.M., Langergraber, K.E., and Vigilant, L. (2015). Genetic analyses suggest male philopatry and territoriality in savanna-woodland chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) of Ugalla, Tanzania. International Journal of Primatology, 36: 377-397.

 

19. Hobaiter, C., Schel, A., Langergraber, K.E., and Zuberbühler, K. (2014). Adoption by maternal siblings in wild chimpanzees. PLoS One, 9: e103777.

 

18. Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Langergraber, K.E., and Zuberbühler, K. (2014). Triadic social interactions operate across time: a field experiment with wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 281: 20133155.

 

17. Langergraber, K.E., Rowney, C., Schubert, G., Crockford, C., Hobaiter, C., Wittig, R., Wrangham, R.W., Zuberbühler, K., and Vigilant, L. (2014). How old are chimpanzee communities? Time to the most recent common ancestor of the Y-chromosome in highly patrilocal societies. Journal of Human Evolution, 69, 1-7.

 

16. Langergraber, K.E., Rowney, C., Crockford, C., Wittig, R., Zuberbühler, K., and Vigilant, L. (2014). Genetic analyses suggest no immigration of adult females and their offspring into the Sonso community of chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda. American Journal of Primatology, 76: 640-648. (95%) Cover article.

 

15. Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Deschner, T., Langergraber, K.E., Ziegler, T.E., and Zuberbühler, K. (2014). Food sharing is linked to urinary oxytocin levels and bonding in related and unrelated wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 281: 20133096.

 

14. Schubert, G., Vigilant, L., Boesch, C., Klenke, R., Langergraber, K.E., Mundry, R., Surbeck, M., and Hohmann, G. (2013). Co-residence between males and their mothers and grandmothers is higher in bonobos than chimpanzees. PloS One, 8: e83870.

 

13. Crockford, C., Wittig, R., Langergraber, K., Ziegler, T., Zuberbühler, K., and Deschner, T. (2013). Oxytocin and social bonding in related and unrelated wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 280: 20122765.

 

12. Langergraber, K.E., Mitani, J.C., Watts, D.P., and Vigilant, L. (2013). Male-female socio-spatial relationships and reproduction in wild chimpanzees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67: 861-873.

 

11. Prüfer, K., Langergraber, K.E., Pääbo, S., and Vigilant, L. (2013). Reply to Gibbs et al.: Divergence times, generation lengths, and mutation rates in great apes and humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 110. E612.

 

10. Langergraber, K.E., Prüfer, K., Rowney, C., Boesch, C., Crockford, C., Fawcett, K., Inoue, E., Inoue-Muruyama, M., Mitani, J.C., Muller, M.N., Robbins, M.M., Schubert, G., Stoinski, T.S., Viola, B., Watts, D., Wittig, R.M., Wrangham, R.W., Zuberbühler, K., Pääbo, S., and Vigilant, L. (2012). Generation times in wild chimpanzees and gorillas suggest earlier divergence times in great ape and human evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 109: 15716-15721. Cover article.

 

9. Chancellor, R., Langergraber, K.E., Ramirez, S., Rundus, A.S., and Vigilant, L. (2012). Genetic sampling of unhabituated chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Gishwati Forest Reserve, an isolated forest fragment in western Rwanda. International Journal of Primatology, 33: 479-488.

 

8. Schubert, G., Stoneking, C.J., Arandjelovic, M., Boesch, C., Eckhardt, N., Hohmann, G., Langergraber, K.E., Lukas, D., Vigilant, L. (2011). Male-mediated gene flow in patrilocal primates. PLoS One, 6: e21514.

 

7. Langergraber, K.E., and Vigilant, L. (2011). Genetic differences cannot be excluded from generating behavioural differences among chimpanzee groups. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 278: 2094-2095.

 

6. Vigilant, L., and Langergraber, K.E. (2011). Inconclusive evidence for patrilocality in Neanderthals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 108: e87.

 

5. Langergraber, K.E., Schubert, G., Rowney, C., Wrangham, R., Zommers, Z., and Vigilant, L. (2011). Genetic differentiation and the evolution of cooperation in chimpanzees and humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 278: 2546-2552. Cover article.

 

4. Langergraber, K.E., Boesch, C., Inoue, E., Inoue-Murayama, M., Mitani, J., Nishida, T., Pusey, A., Reynolds, V., Schubert, G., Wrangham, R., Wroblewski, E., and Vigilant, L. (2011). Genetic and ‘cultural’ similarity in wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 278: 408-416.

 

3. Langergraber, K.E., Mitani, J.C., and Vigilant, L. (2009). Kinship and social bonds in female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). American Journal of Primatology 71: 840-851. Cover article.

 

2. Langergraber, K.E., Siedel, H., Mitani, J.C., Wrangham, R.W., Reynolds, V., Hunt, K.D., and Vigilant, L. (2007). The genetic signature of sex-biased migration in patrilocal chimpanzees and humans. PLoS One, 2: e973.

 

1. Langergraber, K.E., Mitani, J.C., and Vigilant, L. (2007). The limited impact of kinship on cooperation in wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 104: 7786-7790. Cover article.

 

PEER-REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS

 

1. Langergraber, K.E. (2012). Kinship and cooperation in primates. In J.C. Mitani, J. Call, P.M. Kappeler, R. Palombit, and J. Silk (eds.) The Evolution of Primate Societies. University of Chicago Press, pp.491-513.

 

NON PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

1. Goldberg, T.L., Angedakin, S., Isabirye Basuta, G.M., Brown, M., Butynski, T.M., Chapman, C.A., Chapman, L., Gunter, S., Kato, I., Krief, J-M., Krief, S., Lambert, J.E., Langergraber, K.E., Mitani, J.C., Muller, M.N., Nelson, S.V., Omeja, P., Otali, E., Potts, K.B., Ross, E.A., Rothman, J.M., Rowney, C., Sande, E., Struhsaker, T., Twinomugisha, D., Watts, D.P., Weny, G. and Wrangham, R.W. (2016) Remembering Jerry Lwanga: A perspective from his colleagues. International Journal of Primatology, 37, 131.

Research Activity
  • Langergraber,Kevin E*. Ngogo Chimpanzee Project: Anti-poaching patrols and genetic monitoring of chimpanzee in Kibale National Park Uganda. NCZ(5/3/2015 - 12/31/2017).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 101Anth: Undrstding Human Dvsty
ASM 446Principles of Human Genetics
BIO 446Principles of Human Genetics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 546Principles of Human Genetics
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 101Anth: Undrstding Human Dvsty
ASM 443Primatology
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 543Primatology
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 101Anth: Undrstding Human Dvsty
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 446Principles of Human Genetics
BIO 446Principles of Human Genetics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 446Principles of Human Genetics
ASM 446Principles of Human Genetics
Service
  • Ngogo Chimpanzee Project, Inc., Director (2014 - Present)