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Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Alexander Piel

Dr Alexander Piel

Telephone: 0151 904 6313

Biography

Alex is a lecturer in Animal Behaviour, focusing on primate behaviour and ecology. He has worked in West and East Africa, currently co-directing the Ugalla Primate Project, based in western Tanzania. His specific interests centre on primate vocalisation behaviour and overall primate adaptations to a savanna-woodland environment, and, with Fiona Stewart (University of Cambridge) serves as a scientific advisor and consultant for ongoing conservation activities in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem of western Tanzania to prioritise areas for chimpanzee conservation. For more on his work, visit ugallaprimateproject.com

Languages

French
Swahili
English

Degrees

2014, University of California, San Diego, USA, PhD
2004, Iowa State University, USA, MA
2001, Bucknell University, United States, BA

Academic appointments

Lecturer, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present

Publications

Journal article

Piel AK. 2018. Temporal patterns of chimpanzee loud calls in the Issa Valley, Tanzania: Evidence of nocturnal acoustic behavior in wild chimpanzees. Am J Phys Anthropol, 166 :530-540 >DOI >Link

Bonnin N, van Andel S, Kerby J, Piel A, Pintea L, Wich SA. 2018. Assessment of Chimpanzee Nests Detectability on Drone-Acquired Images Drones, 2 >DOI

Sherrill-Mix S, McCormick K, Lauder A, Bailey A, Zimmerman L, Li Y, Django J-BN, Bertolani P, Colin C, Hart JA, Hart TB, Georgiev AV, Sanz CM, Morgan DB, Atencia R, Cox D, Muller MN, Sommer V, Piel AK, Stewart FA, Speede S, Roman J, Wu G, Taylor J, Bohm R, Rose HM, Carlson J, Mjungu D, Schmidt P, Gaughan C, Bushman JI, Schmidt E, Bittinger K, Collman RG, Hahn BH, Bushman FD. 2018. Allometry and Ecology of the Bilaterian Gut Microbiome. MBio, 9 >DOI >Link

Chuma IS, Batamuzi EK, Collins DA, Fyumagwa RD, Hallmaier-Wacker LK, Kazwala RR, Keyyu JD, Lejora IA, Lipende IF, Lüert S, Paciência FMD, Piel AK, Stewart FA, Zinner D, Roos C, Knauf S. 2018. Widespread Treponema pallidum Infection in Nonhuman Primates, Tanzania Emerging Infectious Diseases, 24 >DOI

Stewart FA, Piel AK, Luncz L, Osborn J, Li Y, Hahn BH, Haslam M. 2018. DNA recovery from wild chimpanzee tools PLoS ONE, >DOI

Piel AK, Strampelli P, Greathead E, Hernandez-Aguilar RA, Moore J, Stewart FA. 2017. The diet of open-habitat chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in the Issa valley, western Tanzania Journal of Human Evolution, 112 :57-69 >DOI

Moore J, Black J, Hernandez-Aguilar RA, Idani G, Piel AK, Stewart FA. 2017. Chimpanzee vertebrate consumption: Savanna and forest chimpanzees compared Journal of Human Evolution, 112 :30-40 >DOI

Dadáková E, Brožová K, Piel AK, Stewart FA, Modrý D, Celer V, Hrazdilová K. 2017. Adenovirus infection in savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in the Issa Valley, Tanzania Archives of Virology, >DOI

Piel AK, Chitayat A, Stewart F. 2017. Grooming Hand Clasp by Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in the Issa Valley, Western Tanzania Pan Africa News,

Haslam M, Hernandez-Aguilar RA, Proffitt T, Arroyo A, Falótico T, Fragaszy D, Gumert M, Harris JWK, Huffman M, Kalan AK, Malaivijitnond S, Matsuzawa T, McGrew W, Ottoni EB, Pascual-Garrido A, Piel AK, Pruetz J, Schuppli C, Stewart FA, Tan A, Visalberghi E, Luncz LV. 2017. Primate Archaeology Evolves Nature Ecology and Evolution, >DOI

Warren K, Sommer V, Piel AK, Pascual-Garrido A. 2017. Raw material procurement for termite fishing tools by wild chimpanzees in the Issa Valley, Tanzania American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 164 :292-304 >DOI

Wondra E, van Casteren A, Pascual-Garrido A, Stewart F, Piel AK. 2016. A New Report of Chimpanzee Ant-fishing from the Issa Valley, Tanzania African Primates, 11 :1-18

McLester E, Stewart F, Piel AK. 2016. Observation of an Encounter between African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) and a Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in the Issa Valley, Tanzania African Primates, 11 :27-36

Jirků-Pomajbíková K, Čepička I, Kalousová B, Jirků M, Stewart F, Levecke B, Modrý D, Piel AK, Petrželková KJ. 2016. Molecular identification of Entamoeba species in savanna woodland chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). Parasitology, :1-8

Kuhl HS, Kalan AK, Arandjelovic M, Aubert F, D’Auvergne L, Goedmakers A, Jones S, Kehoe L, Regnaut S, Tickle A, Ton E, van Schijndel J, Abwe EE, Angedakin S, Agbor A, Ayimisin EA, Bailey E, Bessone M, Bonnet M, Brazolla G, Buh VE, Chancellor R, Cipoletta C, Cohen H, Corogenes K, Coupland C, Curran B, Deschner T, Dierks K, Dieguez P, Dilambaka E, Diotoh O, Dowd D, Dunn A, Eshuis H, Fernandez R, Ginath Y, Hart J, Hedwig D, Ter Heegde M, Cleveland Hicks T, Imong I, Jeffery KJ, Junker J, Kadam P, Kambi M, Kienast I, Kujirakwinja D, Langergraber K, Lapeyre V, Lapuente J, Lee K, Leinert V, Meier A, Maretti G, Marrocoli S, Mbi TJ, Mihindou V, Moebius Y, Morgan D, Morgan B, Mulindahabi F, Murai M, Niyigabae P, Normand E, Ntare N, Ormsby LJ, Piel AK, Pruetz J, Rundus A, Sanz C, Sommer V, Stewart FA, Tagg N, Vanleeuwe H, Vergnes V, Willie J, Wittig RM, Zuberbuehler K, Boesch C. 2016. Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing Scientific Reports, 6 >DOI

Kershenbaum A, Blumstein DT, Roch MA, Akcay C, Backus G, Bee MA, Bohn K, Cao Y, Carter G, Caesar C, Coen M, DeRuiter SL, Doyle L, Edelman S, Ferrer-i-Cancho R, Freeberg TM, Garland EC, Gustison M, Harley HE, Huetz C, Hughes M, Bruno JH, Ilany A, Jin DZ, Johnson M, Ju C, Karnowski J, Lohr B, Manser MB, McCowan B, Mercado E, Narins PM, Piel A, Rice M, Salmi R, Sasahara K, Sayigh L, Shiu Y, Taylor C, Vallejo EE, Waller S, Zamora-Gutierrez V. 2016. Acoustic sequences in non-human animals: a tutorial review and prospectus BIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, 91 :13-52 >DOI >Link

Ramirez-Amaya S, McLester E, Stewart A, Piel A. 2015. Savanna Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Consume and Share Blue Duiker (Philantomba monticola) Meat in the Issa Valley, Ugalla, Western Tanzania Pan Africa News, 22

Piel AK, Spillmann B, Hoepfner A. 2015. Nighttime Noises: Nocturnal Wild Chimpanzee and Orangutan Calling Behaviour Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA, 86 :339-339 >Link

Bonnin N, Piel AK, Ramirez MA, Li Y, Loy E, Crystal P, Hahn B, Knapp LA, Stewart FA. 2015. Gene Flow and Genetic Diversity of Tanzania's Greater Mahale Ecosystem Chimpanzees FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA, 86 :249-249 >Link

Johnson C, Piel AK, Forman D, Stewart FA, King AJ. 2015. The ecological determinants of baboon troop movements at local and continental scales MOVEMENT ECOLOGY, 3 >DOI >Link

Piel AK, Lenoel A, Johnson C, Stewart FA. 2015. Deterring poaching in western Tanzania: The presence of wildlife researchers GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, 3 :188-199 >DOI >Link

Piel AK, Cohen N, Kamenya S, Ndimuligo SA, Pintea L, Stewart FA. 2015. Population Status of Chimpanzees in the Masito-Ugalla Ecosystem, Tanzania AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 77 :1027-1035 >DOI >Link

Stewart FA, Piel AK. 2014. Termite fishing by wild chimpanzees: new data from Ugalla, western Tanzania PRIMATES, 55 :35-40 >DOI >Link

Liu W, Li Y, Shaw KS, Learn GH, Plenderleith LJ, Malenke JA, Sundararaman SA, Ramirez MA, Crystal PA, Smith AG, Bibollet-Ruche F, Ayouba A, Locatelli S, Esteban A, Mouacha F, Guichet E, Butel C, Ahuka-Mundeke S, Inogwabini B-I, Ndjango J-BN, Speede S, Sanz CM, Morgan DB, Gonder MK, Kranzusch PJ, Walsh PD, Georgiev AV, Muller MN, Piel AK, Stewart FA, Wilson ML, Pusey AE, Cui L, Wang Z, Farnert A, Sutherland CJ, Nolder D, Hart JA, Hart TB, Bertolani P, Gillis A, LeBreton M, Tafon B, Kiyang J, Djoko CF, Schneider BS, Wolfe ND, Mpoudi-Ngole E, Delaporte E, Carter R, Culleton RL, Shaw GM, Rayner JC, Peeters M, Hahn BH, Sharp PM. 2014. African origin of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 5 >DOI >Link

Kalousova B, Piel AK, Pomajbikova K, Modry D, Stewart FA, Petrzelkova KJ. 2014. Gastrointestinal Parasites of Savanna Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Ugalla, Tanzania INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 35 :463-475 >DOI >Link

Piel A. 2013. The Schedule of Savannah Sounds: Chimpanzee Pant Hoots and the Sound Environment in an Open Habitat, Issa Valley, Ugalla, Western Tanzania FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA, 84 :312-312 >Link

Piel AK, Stewart FA, Pintea L, Li Y, Ramirez MA, Loy DE, Crystal PA, Learn GH, Knapp LA, Sharp PM, Hahn BH. 2013. The Malagarasi River Does Not Form an Absolute Barrier to Chimpanzee Movement in Western Tanzania PLOS ONE, 8 >DOI >Link

Gonzalez-Moreno O, Hernandez-Aguilar RA, Piel AK, Stewart FA, Gracenea M, Moore J. 2013. Prevalence and climatic associated factors of Cryptosporidium sp infections in savanna chimpanzees from Ugalla, Western Tanzania PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH, 112 :393-399 >DOI >Link

Vallo P, Petrzelkova KJ, Profousova I, Petrasova J, Pomajbikova K, Leendertz F, Hashimoto C, Simmons N, Babweteera F, Machanda Z, Piel A, Robbins MM, Boesch C, Sanz C, Morgan D, Sommer V, Furuichi T, Fujita S, Matsuzawa T, Kaur T, Huffman MA, Modry D. 2012. Molecular diversity of entodiniomorphid ciliate Troglodytella abrassarti and its coevolution with chimpanzees AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 148 :525-533 >DOI >Link

Stewart FA, Piel AK, O'Malley RC. 2012. Responses of chimpanzees to a recently dead community member at Gombe National Park, Tanzania AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 74 :1-7 >DOI >Link

Stewart FA, Piel AK, McGrew WC. 2011. Living archaeology: Artefacts of specific nest site fidelity in wild chimpanzees JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION, 61 :388-395 >DOI >Link

Rudicell RS, Piel AK, Stewart F, Moore DL, Learn GH, Li Y, Takehisa J, Pintea L, Shaw GM, Moore J, Sharp PM, Hahn BH. 2011. High Prevalence of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in a Community of Savanna Chimpanzees JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY, 85 :9918-9928 >DOI >Link

Barbian HJ, Connell AJ, Avitto AN, Russell RM, Smith AG, Gundlapally MS, Shazad AL, Li Y, Bibollet-Ruche F, Wroblewski EE, Mjungu D, Lonsdorf EV, Stewart F, Piel AK, Pusey AE, Sharp PM, Hahn BH. CHIIMP: An automated high-throughput microsatellite genotyping approach reveals greater allelic diversity in wild chimpanzees Ecology and Evolution,

Piel AK. Chimpanzee vertebrate consumption: Savanna and forest chimpanzees compared Journal of Human Evolution, >DOI

Tagg N, McCarthy M, Dieguez P, Bocksberger G, Willie J, Mundry R, Stewart F, Arandjelovic M, Widness J, Landsmann A, Agbor A, Angedakin S, Ayimisin AE, Bessone M, Brazzola G, Corogenes K, Deschner T, Dilambaka E, Eno-Nku M, Eshuis H, Goedmakers A, Granjon AC, Head J, Hermans, V, Jones S, Kadam P, Kambi M, Langergraber K, Lapeyre V, Lapuente J, Lee K, Leinert V, Maretti G, Marrocoli S, Meier A, Nicholl S, Normand E, Ormsby LJ, Piel AK, Robinson O, Sommer V, de Heegde M, Tickle A, Ton E, van Schijndel J, Vanleeuwe H, Vergnes V, Wessling E, Wittig R, Zuberbuehler K, Kuehl H, Boesch C. Nocturnal activity in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): evidence for flexible sleeping patterns and insights into human evolution Corogenes K. American Journal of Physical Anthropology,

Thoemmes MS, Stewart FA, Hernandez-Aguilar RA, Bertone MA, Baltzegar DA, Borski RJ, Cohen N, Coyle KP, Piel AK, Dunn RR. Ecology of Sleeping: The Microbial and Arthropod Associates of Chimpanzee Beds Royal Society Open Science,

Piel AK. Savanna chimpanzees adjust sleeping nest architecture in response to local weather conditions American Journal of Physical Anthropology,

Piel AK. A comparative molecular survey of malaria prevalence among Eastern chimpanzee populations in the Issa valley (Tanzania) and Kalinzu (Uganda) MALARIA JOURNAL,

Piel AK. Passive acoustic monitoring reveals group ranging and territory use: a case study of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Frontiers in Zoology,

Conference publication

Burke C, Rashman M, McAree O, Hambrecht L, Longmore S, Piel A, Wich S. 2018. Addressing environmental and atmospheric challenges for capturing high-precision thermal infrared data in the field of astro-ecology Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE. Astronimcal Telescopes and Instrumentation

Piel AK, Chitayat A, Strampelli P, Stewart FA. 2018. Figs are important, but not fallback foods for chimpanzees in the Issa Valley, Tanzania AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 87th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA) 165 :208-208 >Link

Scully EJ, Liu W, Ndjango J-BN, Peeters M, Mjungu DC, Pusey AE, Lonsdorf EV, Sanz CM, Morgan DB, Piel AK, Stewart FA, Gonder MK, Simmons N, Asiimwe C, Zuberbhler K, Koops K, Chapman CA, Duraisingh MT, Hahn BH, Wrangham RW. 2017. VARIATION IN AMBIENT TEMPERATURE DRIVES THE SEASONALITY OF MALARIA PARASITISM IN WILD CHIMPANZEE RESERVOIRS ACROSS EQUATORIAL AFRICA AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE, 66th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Tropical-Medicine-and-Hygiene (ASTMH) 97 :503-503 >Link

Bonnin N, Van Andel A, Kerby J, Piel A, Wich S. 2017. Assessment of Chimpanzee Nest Detectability Using UAV-Derived Aerial Imagery FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA, 88 :93-94 >Link

Piel AK, Strampelli P, Greathead E, Hernandez-Aguilar RA, Moore J, Stewart FA. 2016. The diet of savanna-woodland chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at Issa, western Tanzania AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 85th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 159 :252-252 >Link

Russak SM, Stewart FA, Piel AK. 2012. A comparison of methods for studying elusive savanna chimpanzees at Ugalla, Tanzania AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 81st Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 147 :255-255 >Link

Other

Piel AK, Stewart FA, Pintea L, Li Y, Ramirez MA, Loy DE, Crystal PA, Learn GH, Knapp LA, Sharp PM, Hahn BH. 2017. Correction: The Malagarasi River does not form an absolute barrier to chimpanzee movement in Western Tanzania (PLoS ONE (2013) 8:3 (e58965) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058965) PLoS ONE, 12 >DOI

Chapters

Piel AK, McLester E. Alarm Callers Are Females with Greatest Genetic Representation >DOI

Piel AK. Alarm Calling Predicted by Inclusive Fitness Springer >DOI

Piel AK. Females Remain with Natal Group >DOI

Piel AK. Alarm Calling Predicted by Inclusive 3 Fitness Springer International Publishing Switzerland

Engagement & Impact

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Primate Society of Great Britain, http://www.psgb.org/

Member, American Association of Physical Anthropology, http://www.physanth.org/

Member, International Primatological Society, http://www.internationalprimatologicalsociety.org/