About me

DSC06330Welcome to my website/blog! I am a graduate student in Jonathan Losos’ lab, in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. I study the interrelationships between habitat, behaviour, and morphology, and though I am interested in all sorts of creatures, I work primarily with lizards. Check out the research page for more about my recent and ongoing work, and see my CV for publications arising from past research experiences mentioned below. My lizard-related blogging efforts can be found at Anole Annals. I also write a monthly natural history column, Creature Feature, for The Hindu’s BL Ink

Sitana ponticeriana in Kutch, India. Copyright Ambika Kamath.

Sitana ponticeriana in Kutch, India. Copyright Ambika Kamath.

I graduated in 2011 from Amherst College, where I worked in the Miller/Levin lab on the evolution of sexual dimorphism in the floral biology of Lycium californicum for my honours thesis. I also participated in a project to determine the direction of dispersal of Lycium between Africa and east Asia, using the remarkable S-RNase mating system locus to infer population history.

Lycium californicum in Baja California, Mexico. Copyright Ambika Kamath

Lycium californicum in Baja California, Mexico. Copyright Ambika Kamath

At Amherst, I also worked as a field assistant to Ethan Temeles for a project on the coevolution between hummingbird bills and Heliconia flowers.

Purple Throated Carib Hummingbird in Dominica. Copyright Ambika Kamath.

Purple Throated Carib Hummingbird in Dominica. Copyright Ambika Kamath.

I took courses with the Organization for Tropical Studies as an undergrad (South Africa Fall 2009) and as a grad student (Costa Rica Spring 2012). Both courses completely changed my outlook on how to do biology.

Male Platysaurus lizard in Mapungubwe, South Africa. Copyright Ambika Kamath

Male Platysaurus lizard in Mapungubwe, South Africa. Copyright Ambika Kamath

I was born and brought up in India, where I studied at the phenomenal Rishi Valley School. There, I was introduced to ecology and evolutionary biology by Suhel Quader, under whose guidance I studied the location and architecture of antlion larvae pits. Antlions are still one of my favourite organisms! Suhel also advised me on a paper about reductionism, nonlinearity, and a gene’s eye view of natural selection.

A very large antlion in Skukuza, South Africa. Copyright Ambika Kamath.

A very large antlion in Skukuza, South Africa. Copyright Ambika Kamath.

2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Read your column on Bee-Eaters in B’link (Hindu). Liked it a lot. I am an amateur bird watcher from Nagpur. Keep me posted about your work.

    Thanks,
    Anil

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