Amanda Sparkman, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Environmental Studies Minor Co-Advisor
(805) 565-6283

Office Location

Biology Annex

Office Available

Fall 2023

Mondays & Wednesdays 10-2, or by appointment. 


Life-history evolution, comparative physiology, behavioral ecology,  urban ecology

Research Interests

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


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 studying the evolution of social behavior in wolves. She joined the Westmont faculty in 2012, and teaches courses in ecology, evolution, behaviour, ornithology, herpetology, and bioethics.  She is also the co-advisor of the Environmental Studies minor and teaches Westmont's introductory environmental studies course. Her current research projects include the evolution of dwarfism in reptiles on the California Channel Islands and the impacts of urbanization on acorn woodpecker and western fence lizard ecology.