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Adam Lampert,
Assistant Professor
School of Human Evolution & Social Change
and Mathenatical Computational & Modeling Science Center,
Arizona State University
Phone: 1-480-727-3167
email: adam.lampert at...

Short Bio

Current (from 2015):
Assistant Professor, (i) School of Human Evolution & Social Change and (ii) Simon A. Levin Mathenatical Computational & Modeling Science Center, Arizona State University

2012-2015, Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Davis (advisor: Alan Hastings)
2007-2012, Ph. D., Dept. of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute (advisor: Tsvi Tlusty)
2004-2006, M. Sc., Dept. of Physics, Ben-Gurion Univ. (advisor: Ehud Meron)

Research interests

General. My study focuses on environmental and ecosystem management. A major goal of my research is to enable cost-effective management of ecosystems and natural resources. My methods focus on mathematical modeling and comparison with data. I am interested in general principles that apply to a wide variety of environmental challenges at different spatial and temporal scales.

Ecosystem management. Many ecosystems are becoming degraded by habitat destruction, invasive species, over-harvesting, pollution and global warming. Management of such ecosystems often involves several agents with conflicting or overlapping goals. I am interested in using optimal control and game theory to find general principles to guide effective ecosystem management (see Refs. [7,8,12,13,14,15] below).

Community and spatial ecology. Ecosystem's spatial structure plays a central role in allowing persistence and coexistence of species and in assembly of communities. I'm interested in how connectivity and migration rates shape multimodal body-size distributions [4], promote persistence [6] and change the roles of local versus regional biodiversity in predator-prey ecosystems [11].

Evolution of social behavior. A variety of social behaviors and traits encompass a tradeoff between the competitive abilities of their individual carrier and the reproductive abilities of either (i) the carrier itself (asymmetric traits) or (ii) the neighboring population (cooperative/defective traits). I am interested in (i) how asymmetric and cooperative behaviors/traits evolve over a continuum of possible values and whether they exhibit polymorphism (using adaptive dynamics analysis) [2,10] and (ii) how behavioral plasticity affects interactions and coexistence with other species [3,5].


I teach in the Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences undergraduate and graduate degree programs at ASU, but my classes are open to students from other programs as well. The main goals of my classes are (1) to present interesting problems from the life and social scinces, (2) to demonstrate how to build mathematical models for studying these problems, (3) to teach the mathematical tools necessary for solving these models, and (4) to show how to interpret the mathematical results and explain what they might imply on the real world.

AML 253 Introduction to Mathematical Tools and Modeling for the Life and Social Sciences
(Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018)

AML 494 / AML 591 / SOS 591 Modeling with Game Theory
(Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018)

AML 294 Contiunous Models for the Life and Social Sciences
(Spring 2019)

Submitted Manuscripts

[*] A. Lampert, When establishing a common environmental project, countries that benefit less may need to contribute more.

[*] A. Lampert, Discounting as a double-edged sword: The values of both future goods and present changes in economic growth decrease with the discount rate.

[*] A. Lampert, Information sharing may impede the success of environmental projects.

[*] J. Applegate and A. Lampert, Firm size populations modeled through competition-colonization dynamics.


[15] A. Lampert, Over-exploitation of natural resources is followed by inevitable declines in economic growth and discount rate, Nature Communications, 10:1-10 (2019)

[14] A. Lampert and A. Hastings, How to combine two methods to restore populations cost-effectively, Ecosphere, 10(1):e02552 (2019)

[13] A. Lampert, A. Hastings and J. N. Sanchirico, Slow treatment promotes control of harmful species by multiple agents, Conservation Letters, 11(5):e12568 (2018)

[12] R. Mamada, A. Lampert and C. Perrings, Potential Games and the Tragedy of the Commons, Strat. Behav. Environ., 6(4):311-338 (2017)

[11] A. Lampert and A. Hastings, Stability and distribution of predator-prey systems: local and regional mechanisms and patterns, Ecology Letters, 19(3):279-288 (2016)
* recommanded by the Faculty of 1000

[10] A. Lampert and T. Tlusty, Where two are fighting, the third wins: Stronger selection facilitates greater polymorphism in traits conferring competition-dispersal tradeoffs, PLoS ONE, 11(2):e0147970 (2016)

[9] A. Lampert and A. Hastings, Sharp changes in resource availability may induce spatial nearly periodic population abundances, Ecol. Complex., 19:80-83 (2014).

[8] A. Lampert, A. Hastings, E. D. Grosholz, S. L. Jardin and J. N. Sanchirico, Optimal approaches for balancing invasive species eradication and endangered species management, Science, 334(6187):1028-1031 (2014). Link to pdf.
* Featured on Science perspective, Science research cover, TIME Magazine, Why Files.

[7] A. Lampert and A. Hastings, Optimal control of population recovery - the role of economic restoration threshold, Ecology Letters, 17(1):28-35 (2014).

[6] A. Lampert and A. Hastings, Synchronization-induced persistence versus selection for habitats in spatially coupled ecosystems, J. R. Soc. Interface, 10(87):20130559 (2013).

[5] H. Majeed, A. Lampert, L. Ghazaryan and O. Gillor, The weak shall inherit: Bacteriocin-mediated interactions in bacterial populations, PLoS ONE, 8(5):e63837 (2013).

[4] A. Lampert and T. Tlusty, Resonance-induced multimodal body-size distributions in ecosystems, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110(1):205-209 (2013).

[3] A. Lampert and T. Tlusty, Density-dependent cooperation as a mechanism for persistence and coexistence, Evolution, 65(10):2750-2759 (2011).

[2] A. Lampert and T. Tlusty, Mutability as an altruistic trait in finite asexual populations, J. Theor. Biol., 261:414-422 (2009).

[1] A. Lampert and E. Meron, Localized structures as spatial hosts for unstable modes, Europhys. Lett., 78:14002 (2007).