Gombe Chimpanzees

Welcome to The Jane Goodall Institute Research Center, home to over 50 years of data from Gombe!

The Research

The pioneering study started by Jane Goodall in 1960 continues today. The Gombe chimpanzee research team is made up of biologists, anthropologists, physicians from many different universities and an amazing group of field assistants and support staff.

Together, we study many aspects of wild chimpanzee behavior, including cooperation, female dispersal, social relationships, dominance, maternal behavior and disease transmission. Let’s meet the researchers and graduate students working here.

Anne Pusey first worked as a research assistant at Gombe in the 1970s. Photo: Curt Busse
Ian Gilby studies cooperation and social bonds among male chimpanzees. Photo: Deus Mjungu
Michael Wilson studies intergroup relations, warfare, and human evolution.
Kara Schroepfer-Walker was first humbled by the mountains and dense vegetation in Gombe in 2011 as a first year graduate student studying female dispersal. She had previously studied primates both in the wild and in captivity but had never gotten to experience the highs and lows of trekking after chimpanzees. Photo ©Kara Schroepfer
Joseph Feldblum studies the adaptive value of male friendships and male-female reproductive strategies.
Kaitlin (right) is interested in studying the influence of maternal effects on juvenile social behaviors and associated stress responses