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Jenny Tung

Director Department of Primate Behavior and Evolution and Leader Genes and Behavior Research Group

Abteilung für Verhalten und Evolution von Primaten
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

E-Mail: jtung@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Jenny Tung is the Director of the Department of Primate Behavior and Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and a Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology at Duke University. Jenny joined Duke University in 2012 after completing her post-doctoral training in the University of Chicago Department of Human Genetics and her PhD training in the Duke Biology department. She founded the Department of Primate Behavior and Evolution at MPI-EVA in 2022. Research in the department focuses on the intersection between behavior, social structure, and genes. Jenny’s lab is particularly interested in how the social environment influences gene regulation, population genetic structure, and health and survival across the life course. We primarily pursue these questions in nonhuman primates and other social mammals, both wild and captive.

Recent Publications

2023

Housman, G., & Tung, J. (2023). Next-generation primate genomics: New genome assemblies unlock new questions. Cell, 186, 5433-5437.
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Lange, E. C., Griffin, M., Fogel, A. S., Archie, E. A., Tung, J., & Alberts, S. C. (2023). Environmental, sex-specific and genetic determinants of infant social behaviour in a wild primate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 290(2011): 20231597.
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Levy, E. J., Lee, A., Long'ida Siodi, I., Helmich, E. C., McLean, E. M., Malone, E. J., Pickard, M. J., Ranjithkumar, R., Tung, J., Archie, E. A., & Alberts, S. C. (2023). Early life drought predicts components of adult body size in wild female baboons. American Journal of Biological Anthropology, 182(3), 357-371.
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Zipple, M. N., Archie, E. A., Tung, J., Mututua, R. S., Warutere, J. K., Siodi, I. L., Altmann, J., & Alberts, S. C. (2023). Five decades of data yield no support for adaptive biasing of offspring sex ratio in wild baboons (Papio cynocephalus). The American Naturalist, 202(4), 383-398.
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Tung, J., Lange, E. C., Alberts, S. C., & Archie, E. A. (2023). Social and early life determinants of survival from cradle to grave: a case study in wild baboons. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 152: 105282.
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McLean, E. M., Moorad, J. A., Tung, J., Archie, E. A., & Alberts, S. C. (2023). Genetic variance and indirect genetic effects for affiliative social behavior in a wild primate. Evolution, 77(7), 1607-1621.
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Roche, K. E., Bjork, J. R., Dasari, M. R., Grieneisen, L., Jansen, D., Gould, T. J., Gesquiere, L. R., Barreiro, L. B., Alberts, S. C., Blekhman, R., Gilbert, J. A., Tung, J., Mukherjee, S., & Archie, E. A. (2023). Universal gut microbial relationships in the gut microbiome of wild baboons. eLife, 12.
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Fogel, A. S., Oduor, P. O., Nyongesa, A. W., Kimwele, C. N., Alberts, S. C., Archie, E. A., & Tung, J. (2023). Ecology and age, but not genetic ancestry, predict fetal loss in a wild baboon hybrid zone. American Journal of Biological Anthropology, 180(4), 618-632.
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Lange, E. C., Zeng, S., Campos, F. A., Li, F., Tung, J., Archie, E. A., & Alberts, S. C. (2023). Early life adversity and adult social relationships have independent effects on survival in a wild primate. Science Advances, 9(20): eade7172.
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2022

Vilgalys, T. P., Fogel, A. S., Anderson, J. A., Mututua, R. S., Warutere, J. K., Siodi, I. L., Kim, S. Y., Voyles, T. N., Robinson, J. A., Wall, J. D., Archie, E. A., Alberts, S. C., & Tung, J. (2022). Selection against admixture and gene regulatory divergence in a long-term primate field study. Science, 377(6606), 635-641.
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Anderson, J. A., Lea, A. J., Voyles, T. N., Akinyi, M. Y., Nyakundi, R., Ochola, L., Omondi, M., Nyundo, F., Zhang, Y., Campos, F. A., Alberts, S. C., Archie, E. A., & Tung, J. (2022). Distinct gene regulatory signatures of dominance rank and social bond strength in wild baboons. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1845): 20200441.
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Björk, J. R., Dasari, M. R., Roche, K., Grieneisen, L., Gould, T. J., Grenier, J.-C., Yotova, V., Gottel, N., Jansen, D., Gesquiere, L. R., Gordon, J. B., Learn, N. H., Wango, T. L., Mututua, R. S., Kinyua Warutere, J., Siodi, L., Mukherjee, S., Barreiro, L. B., Alberts, S. C., Gilbert, J. A., Tung, J., Blekhman, R., & Archie, E. A. (2022). Synchrony and idiosyncrasy in the gut microbiome of wild baboons. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 6, 955-964.
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Galezo, A. A., Nolas, M. A., Fogel, A. S., Mututua, R. S., Warutere, J. K., Siodi, I. L., Altmann, J., Archie, E. A., Tung, J., & Alberts, S. C. (2022). Mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance in a wild primate. Current Biology, 32, 1607-1615.e4.
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Guindre-Parker, S., Tung, J., & Strauss, A. (2022). Emerging frontiers in animal behavior and parasitism: Integration across scales. In V. O. Ezenwa, S. Altizer, & R. J. Hall (Eds.), Animal Behavior and Parasitism (pp. 305-320). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Simons, N. D., Michopoulos, V., Wilson, M., Barreiro, L. B., & Tung, J. (2022). Agonism and grooming behaviour explain social status effects on physiology and gene regulation in rhesus macaques. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377: 20210132.
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