Humans share a most recent common ancestor with chimpanzees and understanding the human condition is greatly enhanced by the comparisons between the two species. For the past several years at Stanford, I have been collaborating with a group of primatologists, virologists, and conservation biologists to understand the biodemography of chimpanzees, largely from the long-term (46 years) data collection from the Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
This work is complemented by a new project looking at the transmission of retroviruses in a multi-host community of primates (details forthcoming).
Jones, J.H. (2011) Primates and the Evolution of Long-Slow Life Histories, in press, Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.025.
Rudicell, R., Jones, J.H., E. Wroblewski, G.H. Learn, Y. Li, J.D. Robertson, E. Greengrass, F. Grossman, S. Kamenya, L. Pineta, D.C. Mjungu, E. Lonsdorf, A. Mosser, C. Lehman, D.A. Collins, B.F. Keele, J. Goodall, B.H. Hahn, A.E. Pusey, M.L. Wilson. (2010) Impact of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Infection on Chimpanzee Population Dynamics, PLoS Pathogens. 6(9): e1001116. (doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001116)
Keele*, B.F., J. H. Jones*, K. A. Terio*, J. D. Estes*, R. S. Rudicell*, M. L. Wilson*, Y. Li, G. H. Learn, T. M. Beasley, J. Schumacher-Stankey, E. Wroblewski, A. Mosser, J. Raphael, S. Kamenya, E. V. Lonsdorf, J. G. Else, G. Silvestri, J. Goodall, P. M. Sharp, G. M. Shaw, A. E. Pusey and B. H. Hahn. (2009) Increased Mortality and AIDS-like Immunopathology in Wild Chimpanzees Infected with SIVcpz, Nature, 460: 515-519. (doi:10.1038/nature08200). [PDF] *=authors contributed equally.
Jones, J.H., M.L. Wilson, C. Murray, and A.E. Pusey. (2010) Phenotypic quality influences fertility in Gombe chimpanzees, Journal of Animal Ecology, 79(6): 1262-1269. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01687.x) [PDF]
Emery Thompson, M., J.H. Jones, A.E. Pusey, S. Brewer-Marsden, J. Goodall, D. Marsden, T. Matsuzawa, T. Nishida, V. Reynolds, Y. Sugiyama, and R.W. Wrangham. (2007) Aging and fertility in wild chimpanzees: implications for evolution of menopause. Current Biology, 17(24): 1-7. (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.11.033) [PDF]