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Cyril C. Grueter

Committee member

Cyril C. Grueter

  1. Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

  2. International Centre of Biodiversity and Primate Conservation, Dali University, Dali, Yunnan, China

  3. Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

  4. Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, University of Rwanda, Huye, Rwanda

Current affiliations

Associate Professor Cyril C. Grueter received his PhD from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 2009. His doctoral research involved a 2-year study on wild snub-nosed monkeys in China with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 2009-2011, Cyril worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. In 2012, Cyril took up an academic position in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Cyril currently holds a joint affiliation with the Centre for Evolutionary Biology at UWA. He is also a research fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) at the University of Rwanda and Adjunct Professor at Dali University (China). In 2017, Cyril held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard University.

Cyril has established one of the leading research groups in primatology, biological anthropology and human behavioural ecology in Australasia. His primary research interests include the evolution of primate/human sociality and primate adaptations to extreme environments. He maintains an active field research program on chimpanzees in Rwanda and has been involved in primate research in China since 2001. Cyril has supervised and mentored 8 PhD students to completion. His research has been published in 122 articles in flagship journals in his field and high-impact interdisciplinary journals (e.g. Science, Current Biology, PNAS, Nature Communications, Trends in Ecology & Evolution), receiving 4200 citations. Cyril has published 3 scholarly books (including one with Cambridge University Press). He serves as Associate Editor of three international journals (Primates, Zoological Research, Frontiers in Mammal Science) and his research has featured prominently in some of the world’s most widely read newspapers

Recent publications
  • Qi XG, Wu JW, Zhao L, et al. (2023) Adaptations to a cold climate promoted social evolution in Asian colobine primates. Science 380:6640. doi: 10.1126/science.abl8621

  • Grueter CC, Qi XG, Zinner D, Bergman T, et al. (2020) Multilevel organization of animal sociality. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 834-847. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.05.003

  • Green S, Boruff B, Bonnell T, and Grueter CC (2020) Chimpanzees use least-cost routes to out-of-sight goals. Current Biology 30(22): 4528-4533. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.08.076

  • Zhao X, Ren B, Li D, Garber PA, Zhu P, Xiang Z, Grueter CC, Liu Z, and Li M (2019) Climate change, grazing, and collecting accelerate habitat contraction in an endangered primate. Biological Conservation 231: 88-97. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.01.007

  • Li BG, Li M, Li JH, et al. (2018) The primate extinction crisis in China: immediate challenges and a way forward. Biodiversity and Conservation 27(13): 3301–3327. doi: 10.1007/s10531-018-1614-y

  • Grueter CC, Bissonnette A, Isler K, and van Schaik CP (2013) Grooming and group cohesion in primates: implications for the evolution of language. Evolution and Human Behavior 34(1): 61-68. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2012.09.004

  • Grueter CC, Chapais B, and Zinner D (2012) Evolution of multilevel societies in nonhuman primates and humans. International Journal of Primatology 33(5): 1002-1037. doi: 10.1007%2Fs10764-012-9618-z

  • Grueter CC and van Schaik CP (2010) Evolutionary determinants of modular societies in colobines. Behavioral Ecology 21(1): 63-71. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arp149

  • Kirkpatrick RC and Grueter CC (2010) Snub-nosed monkeys: multilevel societies in varied environments. Evolutionary Anthropology 19(3): 98-113. doi: 10.1002/evan.20259

  • Grueter CC, Li D, Ren B, Wei F, Xiang Z, van Schaik CP (2009) Fallback foods of temperate-living primates: a case study on snub-nosed monkeys. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140(4): 700-715. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21024

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