Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA • ambika.kamath[at]

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  • 2017-present: 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


  1. Kamath A, and JB Losos. Accepted Quantifying movement behavior, the first step of sexual selection, in the lizard Anolis sagrei. Proceedings of the Royal Society B [preprint  here]
  2. 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].
  3. 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.
  4. 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].
  5. Brown, H, A Kamath, and M Rubega. 2017 Facilitating discussions about privilege among future conservation practitioners. Conservation Biology 31: 727-730 [PDF, Supp. Mat.].
  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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].
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. 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]
  14. 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]


  • 2015 Animal Behavior Society Student Research Award ($2000)
  • 2014 National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant ($5000)
  • 2014 Madras Naturalists’ Society M. Krishnan Memorial Nature Writing Award
  • 2012 Rosemary Grant Student Research Award, Society for the Study of Evolution ($2000)
  • 2013, 2012 Kenneth Miyata Award for Research in Herpetology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University ($4285, $1485)
  • 2013, 2012 South Asia Initiative Graduate Research Award, Harvard University ($2500, $4500)
  • 2012-2015 Rufus B. Kellogg Fellowship for Graduate Studies, awarded once every three years based on academic excellence, Amherst College ($75,000)
  • 2012-2013 Post-Course Research Grant, Organization for Tropical Studies ($850; declined)
  • 2011-2012 Fellowships for Students from India, Harvard University
  • 2011-2012 John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Amherst College ($2,300)
  • 2011 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society, Amherst College Chapter
  • 2011 Elected to Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, Amherst College Chapter
  • 2011 Oscar E. Schotté Prize, for the best honors thesis in biology, Amherst College ($1,250)
  • 2011 Oscar E. Schotté Scholarship, funding research in biology, Amherst College ($1,250)
  • 2008-2011 Schupf Scholarship, funding independent research, Amherst College ($28,645)
  • 2010 Charles W. Cole Scholarship, awarded to the undergraduate with established financial need who stands highest in academic rank in the sophomore class, Amherst College
  • 2009 Sawyer Prize, for promise as a student of biology, Amherst College ($1,220)
  • 2009 Walker Prize, awarded for proficiency in mathematics, Amherst College ($1,124)
  • 2008 Edward Hitchcock Fellowship, for summer research, Amherst College ($4,800)

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.

    • 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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