faculty

Amanda Sparkman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
(805) 565-6283

Office Location

Biology Annex

Office Available

On maternity leave Fall 2018

Specialization(s)

Life-history evolution, comparative endocrinology, behavioral ecology

Research Interests

Ecology, evolution, and conservation of snakes and lizards across California

Biography/Details

Dr. Sparkman graduated from Westmont in 2003 with degrees in both English and biology. She attended graduate school at Iowa State University, earning a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology in 2009. For the next two years, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. Her primary research emphases are the evolution of life histories in snakes and social and population dynamics of wolves. She joined the Westmont faculty in 2012. Her current research projects include the evolution of dwarfism in reptiles on the California Channel Islands and the response of western terrestrial garter snakes to environmental change.