Alec Downie

Alec is fascinated by life history evolution. He brings phylogenetic and comparative perspectives to generate broad understanding of the diversity of life histories that plants and animals, hosts and parasites, exhibit.


2018 – now
Graduate Student in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University

2016 – 2017
M.Phil. in Biological Anthropological Science
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2012 – 2016
B.S. with Distinction in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; Princeton University
Paul Mellon Fellowship; Clare College, University of Cambridge
Edgar J. Boell Prize for Excellence in Biology; Yale University

Scientific Posts

2017 – 2018
Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow
Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIAID, National Institutes of Health

Additional Publications

Miranda A. Sinnott-Armstrong, Alexander E. Downie, Sarah Federman, Alfredo Valido, Pedro Jordano, Michael J. Donoghue. 2018. Global geographic patterns in the colours and sizes of animal-dispersed fruits. Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr. 27:1-13.

Sarah Federman, Alex Dornburg, Douglas C. Daly, Alexander Downie, George H. Perry, Anne D. Yoder, Eric J. Sargis, Alison Richard, Michael J. Donoghue, Andrea L. Baden. 2016. Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 113:5041-5046.

Sarah Federman, Alex Dornburg, Alexander Downie, Alison Richard, Douglas C. Daly, Michael J. Donoghue. 2015. The biogeographic origin of a radiation of trees in Madagascar: Implications for the assembly of a tropical forest biome. BMC Evol. Biol. 15:216.