Martin Muller

Co-Director, Comparative Human and Primate Physiology Center; Co-Director, Kibale Chimpanzee Project

Photo: Martin Muller

Evolutionary Anthropology

Curriculum vitae

Recent Courses:

  • Evolution and Human Emergence (ANTH 150)
  • Human Biology (ANTH 350)


BA (summa cum laude), University of Southern California (1994)

PhD, University of Southern California (2002)
Dissertation: “Endocrine Aspects of Aggression and Dominance in Chimpanzees of the Kibale Forest”


Primate behavioral ecology, reproductive ecology, behavioral and reproductive endocrinology

Recent Publications:

MN Muller, DK Enigk, SA Fox, J Lucore, ZP Machanda, RW Wrangham & M Emery Thompson. (2021) Aggression, glucocorticoids, and the chronic costs of status competition in wild male chimpanzees. Hormones and Behavior 130: 104965.

DK Enigk, M Emery Thompson, ZP Machanda, RW Wrangham & MN Muller. (2021) Female-directed aggression by adolescent male chimpanzees primarily constitutes dominance striving, not sexual coercion. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 176: 66-79KH Sabbi, M Emery Thompson, ZP Machanda, E Otali, RW Wrangham & MN Muller. (2021) Early aggressive experience corresponds with sex differences in aggression among wild chimpanzees. PNAS 118: e2017144118.M Emery Thompson, MN Muller, ZP Machanda, E Otali & RW Wrangham. (2020) The Kibale Chimpanzee Project: Over thirty years of research, conservation, and change. Biological Conservation 252: 108857.AG Rosati, L Hagberg, DK Enigk, E Otali, M Emery Thompson, MN Muller, RW Wrangham & ZP Machanda. (2020) Social selectivity in aging wild chimpanzees. Science 370: 473-476.DK Enigk, M Emery Thompson, ZP Machanda, RW Wrangham & MN Muller. (2020) Competitive ability determines coalition participation and partner selection during maturation in wild male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 74: 89.MN Muller, NG Blurton Jones, F Colchero, M Emery Thompson, DK Enigk, JT Feldblum, BH Hahn, KE Langergraber, EJ Scully, L Vigilant, KK Walker, RW Wrangham, EE   Wroblewski & AE Pusey. (2020) Sexual dimorphism in chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and human age-specific fertility. Journal of Human Evolution. 144: 102795.M Emery Thompson, SA Fox, A Berghänel, K Sabbi, S Phillips-Garcia, D Enigk, E Otali, ZP Machanda, RW Wrangham & MN Muller. (2020) Aging of the glucocorticoid stress response in wild chimpanzees. PNAS. 117: 8424-8430.LC Alvarado, C Valeggia, PT Ellison, CL Lewarch & MN Muller. (2019) A comparison of men’s life history, aging, and testosterone levels among Datoga pastoralists, Hadza foragers, and Qom transitional foragers. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. 5: 251-273.MN Muller, RW Wrangham and DR Pilbeam, eds. 2017. Chimpanzees and Human Evolution. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA.MN Muller. 2017. Testosterone and reproductive effort in male primates. Hormones and Behavior. 91: 36-51.