Alexander V. Georgiev Postdoctoral fellow

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Professional appointments

Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology,

Laboratory for Human Biology Research, 2015 – present

Postdoctoral scholar, The University of Chicago, Institute for Mind and Biology, 2012-2015 


PhD, Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2012, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology

A.M., Anthropology, Harvard University, 2008, Department of Anthropology

B.Sc., Biology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 2005

Selected publications

2015     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.

2015     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.

2015     Maestripieri, D. & Georgiev, A.V. (2015) 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. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22368

2014     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.

2014     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.

2013     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.

2011     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.

2010     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.


2015    International Primatological Society Research Grant: ‘Male oxidative stress and female mate choice in rhesus macaques’ ($1,500). PI.

2014    General Research Grant, the Leakey Foundation: ‘Male oxidative stress and female mate choice in rhesus macaques’ ($24,996). PI.

2014    General Small Grant of the American Society of Primatologists: ‘Male oxidative stress and female mate choice in rhesus macaques’ ($1,200). PI.

2009    NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: C-peptide of insulin as an index of energy expenditure in wild chimpanzees ($10,295). Co-PI (PI: Richard Wrangham).

2009    Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for research on male chimpanzee energetics and mating effort at Kanyawara, Kibale NP ($20,813). Co-PI (PI: Richard Wrangham).

2009    International Primatological Society Research Grant for the study of chimpanzee energetics in Kibale NP ($1,500).