Career History

  • 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)

All Publications

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Gonzalez-Quevedo, C., Davies, R. G., Phillips, K. P., Spurgin, L. G., Richardson, D. S.

(2016)

Landscape scale variation in an anthropogenic factor shapes immune gene variation within a wild population

in Molecular Ecology

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Sullivan, M. J. P., Davies, R. G., Mossman, H. L., Franco, A. M. A., Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

(2015)

An anthropogenic habitat facilitates the establishment of non-native birds by providing underexploited resources

in PLoS ONE

10.

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Ewers, R. M., Boyle, M. J. W., Gleave, R. A., Plowman, N. S., Benedick, S., Bernard, H., Bishop, T. R., Bakhtiar, E. Y., Chey, V. K., Chung, A. Y. C., Davies, R. G., Edwards, D. P., Eggleton, P., Fayle, T. M., Hardwick, S. R., Homathevi, R., Kitching, R. L., Khoo, M. S., Luke, S. H., March, J. J., Nilus, R., Pfeifer, M., Rao, S. V., Sharp, A. C., Snaddon, J. L., Stork, N. E., Struebig, M. J., Wearn, O. R., Yusah, K. M., Turner, E. C.

(2015)

Logging cuts the functional importance of invertebrates in tropical rainforest

in Nature Communications

6.

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Amano, T., Sandel, B., Eager, H., Bulteau, E., Svenning, J., Dalsgaard, B., Rahbek, C., Davies, R. G., Sutherland, W. J.

(2014)

Global distribution and drivers of language extinction risk

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

281.

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Luke, S. H., Fayle, T. M., Eggleton, P., Turner, E. C., Davies, R. G.

(2014)

Functional structure of ant and termite assemblages in old growth forest, logged forest and oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo

in Biodiversity and Conservation

23.

pp. 2817-2832

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Edwards, F., Edwards, D., Hamer, K., Davies, R.

(2013)

Impacts of logging and conversion of rainforest to oil palm on the functional diversity of birds in Sundaland

in Ibis

155.

pp. 313-326

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Mendez, V., Gill, J., Burton, N., Austin, G., Petchey, O., Davies, R.

(2012)

Functional diversity across space and time: trends in wader communities on British estuaries

in Diversity and Distributions

18.

pp. 356-365

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Sullivan, M., Franco, A., Davies, R., Reino, L.

(2012)

Using dispersal information to model the species-environment relationship of spreading non-native species

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

3.

pp. 870-879

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Sandel, B., Arge, L., Dalsgaard, B., Davies, R., Gaston, K., Sutherland, W., Svenning, J.

(2011)

The Influence of Late Quaternary Climate-Change Velocity on Species Endemism

in Science

334.

pp. 660-664

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Inward, D., Davies, R., Pergande, C., Denham, A., Vogler, A.

(2011)

Local and regional ecological morphology of dung beetle assemblages across four biogeographic regions

in Journal of Biogeography

38.

pp. 1668-1682

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Strassburg, B., Kelly, A., Balmford, A., Davies, R., Gibbs, H., Lovett, A., Miles, L., Orme, C., Price, J., Turner, R., Rodrigues, A.

(2010)

Global congruence of carbon storage and biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems

in Conservation Letters

3.

pp. 98-105

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Davies, R., Irlich, U. M., Chown, S. L., Gaston, K. J.

(2010)

Ambient, productive and wind energy, and ocean extent predict global species richness of procellariiform seabirds

in Global Ecology and Biogeography

19.

pp. 98-110

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Fuller, R., Tratalos, J., Warren, P., Davies, R., Pępkowska, A., Gaston, K.

(2010)

Environment and Biodiversity

Future City 2, Springer

pp. 75-103

ISBN 978-1-4020-8646-5

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Olson, V., Davies, R., Orme, C., Thomas, G., Meiri, S., Blackburn, T., Gaston, K., Owens, I., Bennett, P.

(2009)

Global biogeography and ecology of body size in birds

in Ecology Letters

12.

pp. 249-259

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Davies, R., Barbosa, O., Fuller, R., Tratalos, J., Burke, N., Lewis, D., Warren, P., Gaston, K.

(2008)

City-wide relationships between green spaces, urban land use and topography

in Urban Ecosystems

11.

pp. 269-287

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Thomas, G., Orme, C., Davies, R., Olson, V., Bennet, P., Gaston, K., Owens, I., Blackburn, T.

(2008)

Regional variation in the historical components of global avian species richness

in Global Ecology and Biogeography

17.

pp. 340-351

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Barbosa, O., Tratalos, J., Armsworth, P., Davies, R., Fuller, F., Johnson, P., Gaston, K.

(2007)

Who benefits from access to urban green space?

in Landscape & Urban Planning

83.

pp. 187-195

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Davies, R., Orme, C., Olson, V., Thomas, G., Ross, S., Ding, T., Rasmussen, P., Ridgely, R., Stattersfield, A., Bennett, P., Owens, I., Blackburn, T., Gaston, K.

(2007)

Topography, temperature and the global distribution of bird species richness

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

274.

pp. 1189-1197

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Davies, R., Orme, C., Webster, A., Jones, K., Blackburn, T., Gaston, K.

(2007)

Environmental predictors of global parrot (Aves: Psittaciformes) species richness and phylogenetic diversity

in Global Ecology and Biogeography

16.

pp. 220-233

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Dormann, C., Bierman, S., McPherson, J., Araujo, M., Bivand, R., Bolliger, J., Carl, G., Davies, R., hirzel, A., Jetz, W., Kissling, W., Kuhm, I., Ohlemuller, R., Peres-Neto, P., Reineking, B., Schroder, B., Schurr, F., Wilson, R.

(2007)

Methods to account for spatial autocorrelation in the analysis of species distributional data: a review

in Ecography

30.

pp. 609-628

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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.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows 

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for post-doctoral research projects, collaborations and funding applications.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Referee for international journals and grants
  • Invited speaker June 2008 at Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Administrative Posts

  • Course Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ecology
  • Module Organiser for Community, Ecosystem and Macro-ecology (BIO-2B26)