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


Selected Recent Papers:

  • Habig, B., Doellman, M.M., Woods, K., Olansen, J., Archie, E.A. (2018). Social status and parasitism in male and female vertebrates: a meta-analysis. Scientific Reports. 8: 3629.
  • Lea, A.J., Tung, J., Archie, E.A., Alberts, S.C. (2018). Developmental plasticity: Bridging research in evolution and human health. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 2017: 162–175.
  • Miller, E.A., Livermore, J.A., Alberts, S.C., Tung, E.A., Archie, E.A. (2017). Ovarian cycling and reproductive state shape the vaginal microbiota in wild baboons. Microbiome 5: 8
  • Zipple, M.N., Grady, J.H., Gordon, J.B., Chow, L.D., Archie, E.A. Altmann, J.A., Alberts, S.C. (2017) Conditional fetal killing by male baboons. Proceedings of the Royal Society 284: 20162561
  • Miller, E.A., Beasley, D.E., Dunn, R., Archie, E.A. (2016) Lactobacilli dominance and vaginal pH: Why is the human vaginal microbiome Unique? Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 1936
  • Tung, J., Archie, E.A., Altmann, J., Alberts, S.C. (2016). Cumulative early adversity predicts longevity in wild baboons. Nature Communications. 7:11181
  • Ezenwa, V.O., Archie, E.A., Craft, M.E., Hawley, D.M., Martin, L.B., Moore, J., White, L. (2016). Host behaviour-parasite feedback: an essential link between animal behaviour and disease ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society 283: 20153078
  • Archie E.A., Tung J. (2015). Social behavior and the microbiome. Current Opinions in Behavioral Sciences 6: 28-34.
  • 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
  • Habig, R., Archie, E.A. (2015). The effect of social status on immune function in male vertebrates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 370: 20140109