Dr Alexander Georgiev

Lecturer in Biology

Email: a.georgiev@bangor.ac.uk
Personal webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/alexandervgeorgiev
Office location: ECW Building, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Career History

2015 – 2017 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
2012 – 2015 Postdoctoral scholar, Institute for Mind and Biology, The University of Chicago
2012            Ph.D., Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
2008           A.M., Anthropology, Harvard University
2005           B.Sc., Biology, Sofia University St. Klimemt Ohridsky


  • Primatology; Behavioural ecology; Ecophysiology; Reproductive ecology; Sexual selection

I am a behavioral ecologist studying primate reproductive ecology and ecophysiology, sexual selection and life history strategies. My current work focuses on the costs of male reproductive effort in monkeys and apes. I also work with a long-term dataset on human health and reproduction from Cebu, in the Philippines, to investigate the biological correlates of male reproduction and the role of early life experiences in shaping adult immune function and reproductive trajectories in both men and women.

My work aims to contribute to an integrated perspective on the variation in male primate (including human) reproductive trajectories. I combine behavioral observations and endocrinological sampling of wild and free-ranging primates with a variety of physiological markers that assess energy balance, physiological and oxidative stress, and immunocompetence.

Teaching & Supervision

In 2017-2018 I will be offering a number of 3rd and 4th year projects on primate behaviour, ecophysiology and reproductive biology at Bangor University. Do get in touch if you’re interested in working with existing datasets or in collecting your own data on primates.

Publications As editor

Georgiev, A.V. & Emery Thompson, M. (Eds.) The High Price of Success: Costs of Male Mating Effort in Primates. Special Issue of International Journal of Primatology, 35 (3-4)

Peer-reviewed articles

Georgiev, A.V., Kuzawa, C.K. & McDade, T.W. (2016) Early developmental exposures shape trade-offs between acquired and innate immunity in humans.  Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. 256-269 doi:10.1093/emph/eow022

Moeller, A. H., Caro-Quintero, A., Mjungu, D., Georgiev, A. V., Lonsdorf, E. V., Muller, M. N., Pusey, A. E., Peeters, M., Hahn, B. H., Ochman, H. (2016) Cospeciation of gut microbiota with hominids. Science, 353: 380-382

Ahuka-Mundeke, S., Lunguya-Metila, O., Mbenzo-Abokome, V., Butel, C., Inogwabini, B., Omasombo, V., Muyembe-Tamfum, J., Georgiev, A. V., Muller, M. N., Njdango, J. N., Li, Y., Delaporte, E., Hahn, B. H., Peeters, M., Ayouba, A., (2016) Genetic diversity of STLV-2 and interspecies transmission of STLV-3 in wild-living bonobos. Virus Evolution.

Georgiev, A.V., Christie, D., Rosenfield, K.A., Ruiz-Lambides, A.V., Maldonado. E., Emery Thompson, M. & Maestripieri, D. (2016) Breaking the succession rule: The costs and benefits of an alpha-status take-over by an immigrant rhesus macaque on Cayo Santiago. Behaviour. 153: 325-351

Kuzawa, C.W., Georgiev, A.V., McDade, T.W., Augustin, S. & Gettler, L.T. (2016) Is there a testosterone awakening response in humans? Adaptive Human Physiology & Behavior. 2: 166-183
McDade, T.W, Georgiev, A.V., Kuzawa, C.W. (2016) Trade-offs in acquired and innate immune defenses in humans. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. doi: 10.1093/emph/eov033
Maestripieri, D. & Georgiev, A.V. (2016) What cortisol can tell us about the costs of sociality and reproduction among free-ranging rhesus macaque females on Cayo Santiago. Invited review. American Journal of Primatology. 78: 92-105

Georgiev, A.V., Emery Thompson, M., Mandalaywala, T.M. & Maestripieri, D. (2015) Oxidative stress as an indicator of the costs of reproduction among free-ranging rhesus macaques. Journal of Experimental Biology. 218: 1981-1985

Georgiev, A.V., Muehlenbein, M.P., Prall, S.P., Emery Thompson, M. & Maestripieri, D. (2015) Male quality, dominance rank and mating success in free-ranging rhesus macaques. Behavioral Ecology. 26: 763-722

Georgiev, A.V., Russell, A.F., Emery Thompson, M., Otali, E., Muller, M.N. & Wrangham, R.W. (2014) The foraging costs of mating effort in male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). International Journal of Primatology, 35, 725-745

Emery Thompson, M. & Georgiev, A.V. (2014) The high price of success: costs of mating effort in male primates. International Journal of Primatology, 35, 609-627

Liu, W., Li, Y., Shaw, K.S., Learn, G.H., Plenderleith, L.J., Malenke, J.A., Sundararaman, S.A., Ramirez, M.A., Crystal, P.A., Smith, A.G., Bibollet-Ruche, F., Ayouba, A., Locatelli, S., Esteban, A., Mouacha, F., Guichet, E., Butel, C., Ahuka-Mundeke, S., Inogwabini, B.I., Ndjango, J.B.N., Speede, S., Sanz, C.M., Morgan, D.B., Gonder, M.K., Kranzusch, P.J., Walsh, P.D., Georgiev, A.V., Muller, M.N., Piel, A.K., Stewart, F.A., Wilson, M.L.,. Pusey, A.E., Cui, L., Wang, Z., Färnert, A., Sutherland, C.J., Nolder, D., Hart, J.A., Hart, T.B., Bertolani, P., Gillis, A., LeBreton, M., Tafon, B., Kiyang, J., Djoko, C.F., Schneider, B.S., Wolfe, N.D., Mpoudi-Ngole, E., Delaporte, E., Carter, R., Culleton, R.L., Shaw, G.M., Rayner, J.C., Peeters, M., Hahn, B.H. & Sharp, P.M. (2014) African origin of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax. Nature Communications, 5, doi:10.1038/ncomms4346

Georgiev. A.V., Klimczuk, A.C.E, Traficonte, D.M. & Maestripieri, D. (2013) When violence pays: A cost-benefit analysis of aggressive behavior in animals and humans. Evolutionary Psychology, 11: 678-699

Georgiev, A. V., Emery Thompson, M., Lokasola, A. L. & Wrangham, R. W. (2011) Seed predation by bonobos (Pan paniscus) at Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo. Primates, 52: 309-314

Liu, W, Li, Y., Learn, G. H., Rudicell, R. S., Robertson, J. D., Keele, B. F., Ndjango, J-B. N., Sanz, C. M., Morgan, D. B., Locatelli, S., Gonder, M. K., Kranzusch, P. J., Walsh, P. D., Delaporte, E., Mpoudi-Ngole, E., Georgiev, A. V., Muller, M. N., Shaw, G. M., Peeters, M., Sharp, P. M., Rayner, J. C. & Hahn, B. H. (2010) Origin of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum in gorillas. Nature, 476, 420-427

Georgiev, A. V., Lokasola, A. L., Nkanga, L., Lokondja, A., Nsala, J., Likenge, J., Ilanga-Bomanga, A. & Likenge, J. (2010) New observations of the terrestrial holoparasite Chlamydophytum aphyllum Mildbr. and its consumption by bonobos at Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo. African Journal of Ecology, 48, 849-852

Book reviews

Georgiev, A. V. (2012) Book review: The Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Tatyana Humle and Yukimaru Sugiyama (Eds.) 2011 Springer. Primate Eye, No. 107

Georgiev, A. V. (2011). Book review: Cynthia J. Moss, Harvey Croze, and Phyllis C. Lee (eds.): The Amboseli Elephants: A Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal.  The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, USA, 2011, 383 pp. (USD 65.00, hardcover). International Journal of Primatology, 32, 1242-1244