Projects per year
- Course Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ecology
- Module Organiser for Community, Ecosystem and Macro-ecology (BIO-2B26)
- B.Sc. - Zoology, University College London (1985)
- Ph.D. - Biology, The Natural History Museum, London & University College London (2001)
- NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London (2001-2002)
- NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield (2003-2006)
- EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield (2006-2007)
- Lecturer in Biodiversity, University of East Anglia (2007-present)
- Referee for international journals and grants
- Invited speaker June 2008 at Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Key Research Interests
My research interests are in the evolutionary and ecological determinants of biodiversity distribution at different spatial scales, from local to global, and how understanding of pattern and process can inform conservation policy. Environmental gradients of interest include energy availability, climatic stability, habitat complexity and heterogeneity. Human impacts I focus on include local-scale habitat disturbance and fragmentation through to large-scale influences of human population density and climate change. In addition to studying the distribution of species numbers, I am interested in using alternative biodiversity metrics such as functional diversity to better understand the functional contributions of species to communities. I work on a variety of taxa including insects and birds. My research spans local field studies as well as analyses of landscape-scale and macroecological data. While current projects are mainly large-scale and using existing data, future plans include field-based studies aimed at understanding species environmental tolerances, local drivers of community functional structure, and the influence of these and other factors on occupancy of species geographical ranges.
Current Research Projects
- Ecological and evolutionary mechanisms for biodiversity distribution
- Anthropogenic environmental gradients and conservation biology
- Functional diversity and community assembly
Life in our research group
Research undertaken under my supervision is focused on understanding the environmental determinants of biodiversity distribution at different spatial scales. We are especially interested in using species level ecological and morphological trait data to explore the functional significance of changes in biodiversity distribution across space and time. We currently work with colleagues at the British Trust for Ornithology on the functional ecology of wintering wading bird communities across UK estuaries, and are looking to establish further such collaborative projects with conservation organisations. At continental and global scales we use available vertebrate species distributional range map data, including that of the Avian Diversity Hotspots Consortium, and high-resolution environmental datasets. Analytical tools we use include GIS and spatial statistical methods, including methods to account for spatial autocorrelation. The group is part of a dynamic research community at UEA including the Organisms and Environment research theme within School of Biological Sciences (http://www.uea.ac.uk/bio/bioresearch/eeb) and the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC) which brings together ecologists and conservation biologists from School of Biological Sciences and School of Environmental Sciences.
Postdocs & Fellows
I am always happy to discuss possibilities for post-doctoral research projects, collaborations and funding applications.
- Community, Ecosystem and Macro-ecology (BIO-2B26)
- Biodiversity (BIO-1A03)
- Ecology Field-course (BIO-2B21)
- Science Communication (BIO-3C6Y)
- Skills for Biologists (BIO-1A4Y)
- Multivariate Statistics (BIO-M513)
- Supervision of BSc Biology/Ecology and MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation dissertation projects
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Drivers of natural regeneration in planted woodlands: towards an integrated approach to increase resilience.
1/11/21 → 30/11/22
The role of woodlands in the diversity and resilience of pollinator communities in agricultural landscapes
1/10/21 → 31/03/25
1/01/09 → 31/12/11
Allen, G. & Davies, R., 31 Aug 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Insect Conservation and Diversity.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Simkins, A., Buchanan, G., Davies, R. & Donald, P., Aug 2020, In: Animal Conservation. 23, 4, p. 357-358 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review
Booty, J. M., Underwood, G. J. C., Parris, A., Davies, R. G. & Tolhurst, T., 25 Aug 2020, In: Frontiers in Marine Science. 7, 685, 685.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Simkins, A., Buchanan, G., Davies, R. & Donald, P., 1 Aug 2020, In: Animal Conservation. 23, 4, p. 345-352 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)6 Downloads (Pure)
Armstrong, C., Davies, R. G., González-Quevedo, C., Dunne, M., Spurgin, L. G. & Richardson, D. S., 2 Nov 2019, In: Ecology and Evolution. 9, 22, p. 12482-12502 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
Supplementary material from "Jellyfish on the menu: mtDNA assay reveals scyphozoan predation in the Irish Sea"
Data from: Landscape-scale variation in an anthropogenic factor shapes immune gene variation within a wild population