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Ph. D., Harvard University, 2017 • Assistant Professor

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Animal behavior is radical because it lives so close to the center of us. Understanding how other animals live their lives shows us the forces that shape what we do and who we can be. We see ourselves reflected in how animals behave and in how we think about animals behaving. Animal behavior is about action, connection, and context—all of the most complex things. In my lab, we seek to understand the lives of animals using field-based observations and measurement of animal behavior, ecology, and morphology, statistical modeling, and close interdisciplinary engagement with ideas from evolutionary theory, queer and feminist science and technology studies, political ecology, philosophy and more. 

“Selected Publications” summary:

  1. Kamath, A, NC Herrmann, K Gotanda, KC Shim, J LaFond, G Cottone, H Falkner, TS Campbell, and YE Stuart. 2020Character displacement in the midst of background evolution in island populations of Anolis lizards: A spatiotemporal perspective. Evolution 74: 2250-2264. doi:10.1111/evo.14079
  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 doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-1019-7
  3. Kamath A, and AB Wesner. 2020. Animal territoriality, access, and property: A collaborative exchange between behavioral ecology and the social sciences. Animal Behaviour 164: 233-239.doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.12.009
  4. Kamath A, and JB Losos. 2018Estimating encounter rates as the first step of sexual selection in the lizard Anolis sagreiProceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 1873