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Alec Downie


Abteilung für Verhalten und Evolution von Primaten
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

E-Mail: alec_downie@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

My interests are at the intersection of evolutionary ecology, immunology, and disease ecology: how and why do wild organisms vary in the immune defenses that they deploy?  I am particularly interested in the influence of life history and social context on immune defense, assessing how immune phenotypes function as part of overall organismal strategy.  To this end I apply classic approaches from ecology and evolution to study immune variation, and I am particularly enthusiastic about comparative approaches.  My research involves a mixture of mathematical theory, lab, and field work, and has spanned multiple study systems.


2018–2023PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, USA
2016–2017MPhil, Biological Anthropological Science, Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK
2012–2016BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, USA

Other research experience

2017–2018Postbaccalaureate research fellow, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, USA