Dr Cyril Grueter
Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, School of
- Contact details
- School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
The University of Western Australia (M309)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
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- PhD Zurich
- I completed my PhD degree in biological anthropology in 2009 at the University of Zurich/Switzerland, which was supervised by Prof. Carel van Schaik. My research was aimed at understanding the evolutionary determinants of multilevel societies in primates and included 20 months of observations on wild snub-nosed monkeys in China, complemented with comparative cross-species analyses. Subsequently I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/Germany and conducted a field study on the feeding ecology and feeding competition in mountain gorillas in Rwanda between 2009 and 2010 in collaboration with the Karisoke Research Center.
- Key research
- My primary research interests lie at the interface of behavioral ecology and evolutionary anthropology and include the evolution of primate/human sociality and the mechanisms underlying social cohesion. My particular interests revolve around the evolution of meta-group social organization which describes cases in which individuals of different social units interact and collaborate to varying degrees. I am currently involved in ongoing field research projects on snub-nosed monkeys in China as well as mountain gorillas and colobus monkeys in Rwanda.
- SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Grueter CC, Deschner T, Behringer V, Robbins MM (2014). Socioecological correlates of energy balance using urinary C-peptide measurements in wild female mountain gorillas. Physiology & Behavior 127: 13-19.
Xiang Z, Yang B, Yu Y, Yao H, Grueter CC, Garber PA, Li M (2014). Males collectively defend their one-male units against bachelor males in a multi-level primate society American Journal of Primatology 76: 609-617.
Grueter CC (2013). No effect of inter-group conflict on within-group harmony in non-human primates. Communicative & Integrative Biology 6: e26801.
Grueter CC, Robbins MM, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski T (2013). Possible tool use in a mountain gorilla. Behavioural Processes 100: 160-162.
Yu Y, Xiang Z, Yao H, Grueter CC, Li M (2013). Female snub-nosed monkeys exchange grooming for sex and infant handling. PLOS ONE 8: e74822
Grueter CC, Li D, Ren B, Li M (2013). Overwintering strategy of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys: adjustments in activity scheduling and foraging patterns. Primates 54: 125-135.
Grueter CC, Ndamiyabo F, Plumptre AJ, Abavandimwe D, Fawcett KA, Robbins MM (2013). Long-term temporal and spatial dynamics of mountain gorilla food plants in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. American Journal of Primatology 75: 267-280.
Grueter CC, Bissonnette A, Isler K, van Schaik CP (2013). Grooming and social cohesion in primates: implications for the evolution of language. Evolution and Human Behavior 34: 61-68.
Grueter CC, Chapais B, Zinner D (2012). Evolution of multilevel societies in nonhuman primates and humans. International Journal of Primatology 33: 1002-1037.
Grueter CC, van Schaik CP (2010). Evolutionary determinants of modular societies in colobines. Behavioral Ecology 21: 63-71.
Kirkpatrick RC, Grueter CC (2010). Snub-nosed monkeys: multilevel societies in varied environments. Evolutionary Anthropology 19: 98-113.
Grueter CC, Li D, Ren B, Wei F (2009). Choice of an analytical method can have dramatic effects on primate home range estimates. Primates 50: 81-84.
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: 700-715.
Grueter CC, van Schaik CP (2009) Sexual size dimorphism in Asian colobines revisited. American Journal of Primatology 71: 609-616.
Grueter CC, Jiang X, Konrad R, Fan P, Guan Z, Geissmann T (2009). Are Hylobates lar extirpated from China? International Journal of Primatology 30: 553-567.
Grueter CC, Li D, Ren B, Wei F, van Schaik CP (2009). Dietary profile of Rhinopithecus bieti and its socioecological implications. International Journal of Primatology 30: 553-567.
Grueter CC, Li D, van Schaik CP, Ren B, Long Y, Wei F (2008). Ranging of snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) at the Samage Forest, Yunnan. I. Characteristics of range use. International Journal of Primatology 29: 1121-1145.
Xiang Z-F & Grueter CC (2007). The first direct evidence of infanticide and cannibalism in wild snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti). American Journal of Primatology 69: 249-254.
Xiang Z-F, Huo S, Xiao W, Quan R-C, Grueter CC (2007). Diet and feeding behavior of Rhinopithecus bieti at Xiaochangdu, Tibet: adaptations to a marginal environment. American Journal of Primatology 69: 1141-1158,
Grüter CC (2004). Conflict and postconflict behavior in captive black-and-white snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti). Primates 45: 197-200.
- Funding received
- Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2009)
National Science Foundation of China Research Fund for International Young Scientists (2011)
- Honours and awards
- Winner UWA 2012 Outstanding Young Investigator Award
- ANHB 1101 Human Biology - Becoming Human
ANHB 3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
ANHB 3320 Human Biology: Applications & Investigations II
APHB 4003 Advanced Experimental Techniques
- Useful links
- New and noteworthy
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- Current projects
- Social network of multilevel societies in golden snub-nosed monkeys
Evolution of meta-group social organization in primates/humans
Causes and consequences on intergroup conflict in mountain gorillas
Super-group formation in colobus monkeys
- Research profile
Research profile and publications