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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].


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).