PhD: 2015. Key factors driving the foraging ecology of oribi: fear, cattle, and the quality and quantity of food.
MSc: 2012. Scrounging herbivores use both patch quality and dominance status of patch holders when deciding which patch to use.
* Student-led research
 Schmitt MH, K Stears, MK Donovan, DI Thompson, DE Burkepile. In Review. Integrating herbivore assemblages and vegetation structure in African savannas reveals optimal strategies for managing biodiversity. Animal Conservation
 Patel T*, K Stears, IT Little, AM Shrader. 2021. Evaluating oribi translocations for conservation: the importance of translocation guidelines and herbivore stocking rates. African Journal of Wildlife Research 51: 144–148
 Patel T*, K Stears, IT Little, AM Shrader. 2021. Assessing the performance of oribi antelope populations at multiple scales: the limitations of citizen-led oribi conservation. African Journal of Wildlife Research 51: 127–135
 Stears K, MH Schmitt, WC Turner, DJ McCauley, EA Muse, H Kiwango, D Mathayo, BM Mutayoba. 2021. Hippopotamus movements structure the spatiotemporal dynamics of an active anthrax outbreak. Ecosphere 12(6): e03540
 Stears K, AM Shrader. 2020. Coexistence between wildlife and livestock is contingent on cattle density and season but not differences in body size. PLoS ONE 15(7): e0236895
 Burkepile DE, MH Schmitt, K Stears, MK Donovan, DI Thompson. 2020. Shared insights across the ecology of coral reefs and African savannas: are parrotfish wet wildebeest? BioScience 70: 647–658
 Stears K, MH Schmitt, CC Wilmers, AM Shrader. 2020. Mixed species herding levels the landscape of fear. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192555
 Stears K, TA Nuñez, EA Muse, BM Mutayoba, DJ McCauley. 2019. Spatial ecology of male hippopotamus in a changing watershed. Scientific Reports 9: 15392
 Stears K, DJ McCauley, JC Finlay, J Mpemba, IT Warrington, BM Mutayoba, ME Power, TE Dawson, JS Brashares. 2018. Effects of the hippopotamus on the chemistry and ecology of a changing watershed. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA: E5028–E5037
 Stears K, DJ McCauley. 2018. Hippopotamus dung inputs accelerate fish predation by terrestrial consumers. African Journal of Ecology 56: 1034–1038
 Hardesty-Moore M, S Deinet, R Freeman, GC Titcomb, EM Dillon, K Stears, M Klope, A Bui, D Orr, HS Young, A Miller-ter-Kuile, LF Hughey, DJ McCauley. 2018. Migration in the Anthropocene: how collective navigation, environmental system and taxonomy shape the vulnerability of migratory species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373: 20170017
 Kok RB*, K Stears, AM Shrader. 2017. Does the removal of finder’s share influence the scrounging decisions of herbivores? Animal Behaviour 108: 155–164.
 Stears K, AM Shrader, G Castley. 2016. A conservation assessment of Equus quagga. In: MF Child, L Roxburgh, E Do Linh San, D Raimondo, HT Davies-Mostert (eds), The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa
 Schmitt MH, K Stears, AM Shrader. 2016. Zebra reduce predation risk in mixed-species herds by eavesdropping on cues from giraffe. Behavioral Ecology 27: 1073–1077
 Stears K, AM Shrader. 2015. Increases in food availability can tempt oribi antelope into taking greater risks at both large and small spatial scales. Animal Behaviour 108: 155–164
 Stears K, GIH Kerley, AM Shrader. 2014. Group-living herbivores weigh up food availability and dominance status when making patch-joining decisions. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109011
 Schmitt MH, K Stears, CC Wilmers, AM Shrader. 2014. Determining the relative importance of dilution and detection for zebra foraging in mixed-species herds. Animal Behaviour 96: 151–158