Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley · ambikamath[at]

My Full CV (updated 23rd February 2019)

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  • 2021 onwards: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder: Assistant Professor
  • 2018-2021: Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, University of California Berkeley: Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2017-2018: University of California Santa Barbara: Postdoctoral Researcher


  • 2011 – 2017 Harvard University: Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2007 – 2011 Amherst College: B.A. summa cum laude in Biology
  • 2012, 2009 Organization for Tropical Studies
    • Costa Rica Graduate Course in Tropical Biology
    • South Africa Semester in Ecology and Conservation

PUBLICATIONS (* indicates undergraduate mentee; § indicates equal contribution)

  1. Kamath, A and AB Wesner. In Press. Animal territoriality, property, and access: A collaborative exchange between animal behaviour and the social sciences. Animal Behaviour [preprint pdf]
  2. Monk JM§, E Giglio§, A Kamath§, MR Lambert§, and CE McDonough§. 2019. An alternative hypothesis for the evolution of same-sex sexual behaviour in animals. Nature Ecology and Evolution [read-only link]
  3. Moon R*, andA Kamath. 2019Re-examining the ecological and behavioral correlates of dorsal pattern variation in female brown anole lizards, Anolis sagrei (Squamata: Dactyloidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society [link]
  4. Kamath A, S Primavera*, CM Wright, GN Doering, KA Sheehy*, N Pinter-Wollman, and JN Pruitt. 2018. Collective behavior and colony persistence of social spiders depends on their physical environment. Behavioral Ecology [PDF]
  5. Kamath A§, JN Pruitt§, AJ Brooks, MC Ladd, DT Cook, JP Gallagher, ME Vickers, SJ Holbrook, and RJ Schmitt. 2018. Collective response by farmerfish to intruding corallivores contributes to coral recovery within farmerfish gardens. Oikos. [link]
  6. Knowlton E, and A Kamath. 2018. Ants do not traverse the silk of adult female Nephila clavipes (Linnaeus) webs. Neotropical Entomology. [link; PDF]
  7. Kamath A, and JB Losos. 2018. Reconsidering territoriality is necessary for understanding Anolis mating systems. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 106 [link; PDF]
  8. Kamath A, and JB Losos. 2018. Quantifying movement behavior, the first step of sexual selection, in the lizard Anolis sagrei. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 285: 20172244 [link; preprint  here]
  9. Doering GN, A Kamath, CM Wright, and JN Pruitt. 2018. Worker size is associated with foraging surface in the African ant Anoplolepis custodiens. Insect Sociaux. 
  10. Lichtenstein, JLL, SE Bengston, A Kamath, L Avilés, and JN Pruitt. 2018. Female-biased sex ratios increase colony survival and reproductive output in the spider Anelosimus studiosus. American Naturalist.
  11. Donihue CM, A Herrel, A-C Fabre, A Kamath, AJ Geneva, TW Schoener, JJ Kolbe, and JB Losos. 2018. Hurricane-induced adaptive shifts in the morphology of an island lizard. Nature.
  12. Pruitt JN, CM Wright, JLL Lichtenstein, GT Chism, BL McEwan, A Kamath, and N Pinter-Wollman. 2017. Selection on collective aggressiveness favors followership, not leadership. Current Biology 28: 100-105.
  13. Lichtenstein JLL, GT Chism, A Kamath, and JN Pruitt. 2017. Higher intraindividual behavioral variability predicts foraging outcome in a beach-dwelling jumping spider. Scientific Reports 7: 18063.
  14. Kamath A, and JB Losos. 2017. The erratic and contingent progression of research on territoriality in Anolis lizards. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:89 [link; preprint here].
  15. Kamath, A, RA Levin, and JS Miller. 2017. Floral size and shape evolution following the transition to gender dimorphism. American Journal of Botany [online here; open access] 104 : 451-460.
  16. Kamath, A, and JB Losos. 2017. Does ecological specialization transcend scale? Habitat partitioning among individuals and species of Anolis lizards. Evolution 71: 541-549 [online here].
  17. Brown, H, A Kamath, and M Rubega. 2017 Facilitating discussions about privilege among future conservation practitioners. Conservation Biology 31: 727-730 [PDF, Supp. Mat.].
  18. Kamath, A. 2016 Ornament morphology varies with display behaviour and sexual size dimorphism, but not habitat, in the fan-throated lizard (Sitana, Agamidae). Journal of Herpetology [PDF]
  19. Kamath, A, and R. Sreekar. 2016. Morphology, ecology, and behaviour of Hylarana intermedia, a Western Ghats frog. Acta Herpetologica 11: 15 – 20. [Open Access; link]
  20. Miller, JS, A Kamath, BC Husband, and RA Levin. 2016. Correlated polymorphism in cytotype and sexual system within a monophyletic species, Lycium californicum. Annals of Botany 117: 307 – 317.
  21. Kamath, A. and YE Stuart. 2015. Movement rates of the lizard Anolis carolinensis in the presence and absence of Anolis sagrei. Breviora 546 1 – 7 [PDF].
  22. Kamath, A, YE Stuart, and TS Campbell.2013. Behavioral partitioning by the native lizard Anolis carolinensis in the presence and absence of the invasive Anolis sagrei in Florida. Breviora 535: 1 – 10 [PDF]
  23. Kamath RS, M Dore, A Kamath, and AV Kamath. 2012. Reinterpreting Tal Chapper: The integration of social and environmental concerns through adaptive reuse in a wildlife sanctuary in northwest India. Interventions and Adaptive Reuse 3 [invited article; PDF]
  24. Miller JS, A Kamath, J Damashek, and RA Levin. 2011. Out of America to Africa or Asia: Inference of dispersal histories using nuclear and plastid DNA and the S-RNase self-incompatibility locus. Molecular Biology and Evolution 28: 793 – 801 [link]
  25. Miller JS, A Kamath, and RA Levin. 2009. Do multiple tortoises equal a hare? The utility of nine noncoding plastid regions for species-level phylogenetics in Tribe Lycieae. Systematic Botany 34: 796-804. [PDF]
  26. Kamath A. 2009. What is the unit of natural selection? Is the gene’s eye view of evolution unacceptably reductionist? Resonance 14: 1047-1059. [PDF]

2 thoughts on “CV

  1. Interesting to see that you;re working on sex and behaviour in both animals and plants. I’ve always been of the opinion that findings in one group can inform research in the other, and too few people embrace both taxa.

    1. Absolutely! I think the time I spent working on plant mating systems has really informed how I measure things in animals. As I contemplate another system switch (inverts perhaps?) in the future, I’m glad I’ve had a good mixture of stuff in the past. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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