Stefano Kaburu

I am a trained primatologist with research interests spanning from Anthropology to Psychology and Neurosciences.  I am largely interested in primate social behaviour: for my PhD, I explored the strategies and social factors behind grooming reciprocity in two wild chimpanzee communities, Sonso (Budongo, Uganda) and M-group (Mahale, Tanzania), as a model to understand the evolution of cooperation in social animals.

I joined McCowan lab in January 2016 in order to explore human-macaque interactions in Shimla (Northern India). This study is part of a broader NSF-funded multi-site project whose main goal is the investigation of human-macaque conflict dynamics across different field sites in Malaysia and India, involving a variety of macaque species with different social styles and living under different environments.



Kaburu, S.S.K. & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2016). Bystanders, parcelling, and an absence of trust in the grooming interactions of wild chimpanzees. Scientific Reports, 6, 20634.

Kaburu, S.S.K. & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2015). Trading or coercion? Variation in male mating strategies between two communities of East African chimpanzees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69: 1039-1052.

Kaburu, S.S.K. & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2015). Egalitarian despots: hierarchy steepness, reciprocity and the grooming-trade model in wild chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes. Animal Behaviour, 99: 61-71

Kaburu, S.S.K. & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2013) Social instability raises the stakes during social grooming among wild male chimpanzees. Animal Behaviour, 86 (3): 519-527