Ambika Kamath

Principal Investigator

Contact me at Ambika.Kamath [at]

I’m a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist interested in social and socioecological interactions among individuals, and the impact of these interactions for evolution and for human understandings of nature. I use field-based techniques, close reading and conceptual inquiry, and mathematical modeling approaches to tackle specific questions tailored to different organisms’ unique natural histories.

See my publications on my Google Scholar Page.

You can find my personal website and blog at

Jenna Pruett

Postdoctoral Scholar

I’m an evolutionary ecologist interested in nesting behavior, maternal effects, and developmental plasticity. The goal of my research is to understand how complex environmental factors contribute to phenotypic variation, particularly in reptile systems. You can read more about my work on my website.

Katie Mazalova

Masters Student

I am a licensed social worker turned EBIO masters student. As a social scientist, my work and research has focused on understanding and treating behavioral disorders through the practice of evidence based models that are trauma informed, as well as advocating for positive social change, equity, and inclusion. As a newbie to the EBIO field I am interested in researching the impact of environmental change on animal behavior and adaptation, and in examining the different ways in which humans and animals relate to one another across different geographic communities and cultures. 

Melina Packer

Research Associate

I am a scholar of queer feminist technoscience studies whose work primarily engages with critical race and postcolonial animal studies and environmental justice. Please visit my website to learn more about my intellectual training, publications, and/or research collaborations.