Elizabeth Archie Associate Professor

Behavioral ecology and disease ecology
Elizabeth Archie

Research Interests:

Research in the Archie lab focuses on the evolution of social behavior in animals. We’re especially interested in two questions: how do social organization and behavior affect the spread of parasites and microbes within and between social groups? And how do social relationships influence individual health, disease risk, immune function, and survival? These strands span several levels of biological organization, from populations to whole organisms, and their associated microbes and parasites. We work with long-term, population-based studies of wild and highly social mammals— especially the wild baboons that live in the Amboseli Ecosystem, Kenya. We use diverse research techniques, ranging from behavioral observations of wild animals to immunology and noninvasive genetic tools. Our findings are relevant to species conservation, the evolution of animal social relationships, as well as human and animal wellbeing.



  • Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, IN 2015-Present
  • Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, IN 2009-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Fordham University, NY 2008-2009
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 2007-2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington, DC 2005-2007
  • Ph.D. Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC 2005
  • B.A. Biology, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 1997


Recent Papers:

  • Tung, J., Barriero,L.B., Burns, M., Grenier, J.C., Lynch, J., Grieneisen, L., Altmann, J., Alberts, S.C., Blekhman, R., Archie, E.A. (2015). Social networks predict gut microbiome composition in wild baboons. eLife. 4: e05224.
  • Archie E.A., Tung J. (2015). Social behavior and the microbiome. Current Opinions in Behavioral Sciences 6: 28-34.
  • Habig, R. and Archie, E.A. (2015). Social status, immune response and parasitism in males: a meta-analysis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 370: 20140109.
  • Archie, E.A., Tung, J.T., Clark, M., Altmann, J., Alberts, S.C. (2014). Social affiliation matters: both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships predict survival in wild female baboons. Proceedings of the Royal Society. 281: 20141261.
  • Archie, E.A., Altmann, J., Alberts, S.C. (2014). Costs of reproduction in a long-lived female primate: injury risk and wound healing. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 68: 1183-1193.
  • Chiyo, P.I., Grieneisen, L.E., Wittemyer, G., Moss, C.J., Lee, P.C., Douglas-Hamilton, I., Archie, E.A. (2014). The influence of social structure, habitat, and host traits on the transmission of Escherichia coli in wild elephants. PLoS ONE. 9: e93408.
  • Runcie, D.E., Wiedmann, R.T., Archie, E.A., Altmann, J., Wray, G.A., Alberts, S.C., Tung, J. (2013) Social environment influences the relationship between genotype and gene expression in wild baboons. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 368: 20120345.
  • Archie, E.A., Altmann, J., & Alberts, S.C. (2012) Social status predicts wound healing in wild baboons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109: 9017-9022
  • Archie, E.A. & Chiyo, P.I. (2012) Elephant behaviour and conservation: Social relationships, the effects of poaching, and genetic tools for management. Molecular Ecology 21: 765-778.
  • Archie, E.A. & Theis, T.R. (2011) Animal behaviour meets microbial ecology. Animal Behaviour. 82: 425-436.
  • Archie, E.A., Ezenwa, V.O. (2011) Population genetic structure and history of a generalist parasite infecting multiple sympatric host species. International Journal for Parasitology. 41:89-98.