Dr Alexandra Alvergne

Alexandra Alvergne

Research Affiliate

Until October 2020, Dr Alvergne was Associate Professor in Biocultural Anthropolgy at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and led the Applied Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group, teaching courses in quantitative methods, evolutionary medicine and public health.

She is also an Associate Editor for the open access journal Evolutionary Human Sciences and is the current chair of the Oxford Biological Anthropology Initiative.

Alex’s interests include evolutionary medicine and public health, applied evolutionary anthropology, human behavioural ecology, reproductive ecology, evolutionary epidemiology and cultural evolution.

Contact

Email: alexandra.alvergne@anthro.ox.ac.uk

 

Selected publications

Frédéric Thomas, Mathieu Giraudeau, François Renaud, Beata Ujvari, Benjamin Roche, Pascal Pujol, Michel Raymond, Jean-François Lemaitre, Alexandra Alvergne (2019) Can postfertile life stages evolve as an anticancer mechanism? PLoS Biol 17(12): e3000565

Alvergne A, Vlajic Wheeler M, Högqvist Tabor V. (2018) Do sexually transmitted infections exacerbate negative premenstrual symptoms? Insights from digital health. Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. 138–50. doi:10.1093/emph/eoy018.

Alvergne A, Högqvist Tabor V.(2018) Is female health cyclical? Evolutionary perspectives on menstruation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 33:399–414.

Billiard, S., Alvergne, A. (2018) Stochasticity in cultural evolution: a revolution yet to happenHistory and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 40 (1):9.

Alvergne A, Stevens R, Gurmu E. (2017) Side effects and the need for secrecy: characterising discontinuation of modern contraception and its causes in Ethiopia using mixed methods. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine. 2:24. doi:10.1186/s40834-017-0052-7.

Alvergne, Faurie & Jenkinson (2016) Evolutionary thinking in medicine: from research to policy and practice. Springer.

Clue, Alvergne A. Positive symptoms of PMS. 2016

Voinson, Billiard, Alvergne (2015) Beyond rational decision-making: modelling the influence of cognitive biases on the dynamics of vaccination coverage. PLoS One, 10(11): e0142990

Alvergne (2015) Evolutionary MedicineInternational Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edn.

Alvergne & Lummaa (2014) Ecological variation in wealth-fertility relationships in Mongolia: the central theoretical problem of sociobiology not a problem after all? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 281 (1796), 20141733

Alvergne, Lawson, Gurmu, Clarke, Mace (2013). Fertility, parental investment and the early adoption of modern contraception in Ethiopia. American Journal of Human Biology 25:107-15

Alvergne, Gurmu, Mace (2011). Social transmission and the adoption of modern contraception in rural Ethiopia. PloS One 6:e22515

Alvergne, Lummaa (2010) Does the contraceptive pill alter mate choice? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25 (3): 171-179

All publications
  • Can postfertile life stages evolve as an anticancer mechanism?

  • Kinship Ties Across the Lifespan in Human Communities

  • Stochastic dynamics of an epidemic with recurrent spillovers from an endemic reservoir.

  • Humans Are Still Evolving, But We Need More Than Evolutionary Genetics to Predict Our Future

  • Is Female Health Cyclical? Evolutionary Perspectives on Menstruation.

  • Do sexually transmitted infections exacerbate negative premenstrual symptoms? Insights from digital health.

  • Stochasticity in cultural evolution: a revolution yet to happen.

  • Side effects and the need for secrecy: characterising discontinuation of modern contraception and its causes in Ethiopia using mixed methods.

  • Evolutionary Thinking in Medicine From Research to Policy and Practice

  • Correction: Beyond Rational Decision-Making: Modelling the Influence of Cognitive Biases on the Dynamics of Vaccination Coverage.

  • More