Career History

  • Professor of Ecology (2007)
  • Reader in Plant Ecology, University of East Anglia (1997-2007)
  • Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia (1992-1997)
  • Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia (1972-1992)
  • Ph.D. - University College London (1973)
  • B.Sc. - Botany, University College London (1969)

All Publications

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Sullivan, M. J., Davy, A. J., Grant, A., Mossman, H. L.

(2017)

Is saltmarsh restoration success constrained by matching natural environments or altered succession? A test using niche models,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

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(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Al-Turki, T. A., Swarupanandan, K., Davy, A. J.

(2017)

A re-examination of the Salicornias (Amaranthaceae) of Saudi Arabia and their polymorphs,

in Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences

24

(7)

pp. 1588-1600

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(Article)

(Published)


Vélez-Martín, A., Davy, A. J., Luque, C. J., Castellanos, E. M.

(2017)

Reference conditions for restoration of heterogeneous Mediterranean wetland are best defined by multiple, hydrologically diverse sites,

in Restoration Ecology

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Tang, J., Davy, A. J., Jiang, D., Musa, A., Wu, D., Wang, Y., Miao, C.

(2016)

Effects of excluding grazing on the vegetation and soils of degraded sparse-elm grassland in the Horqin Sandy Land, China,

in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

235

pp. 340-348

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(Published)


Boyle, J. F., Sayer, C. D., Hoare, D., Bennion, H., Heppel, K., Lambert, S. J., Appleby, P. G., Rose, N. L., Davy, A. J.

(2016)

Toxic metal enrichment and boating intensity: sediment records of antifoulant copper in shallow lakes of eastern England,

in Journal of Paleolimnology

55

(3)

pp. 195-208

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Song, Y., Ke, X., Liu, W., Davy, A. J., Liu, G.

(2015)

Life-history plasticity of riparian annual plants adapted to extreme variations in water level: mesocosm experiments,

in River Research and Applications

31

(10)

pp. 1311–1318

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Robiansyah, I., Davy, A. J.

(2015)

Population status and habitat preferences of critically endangered Dipterocarpus littoralis in West Nusakambangan, Indonesia,

in Makara Journal of Science

19

(4)

pp. 150-160

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(Article)

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Mossman, H. L., Grant, A., Lawrence, P. J., Davy, A. J.

(2015)

Biodiversity climate change impacts report card technical paper: 10. Implications of climate change for coastal and inter-tidal habitats in the UK,

in Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts Summary Report.

Living With Environmental Change

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Robbirt, K. M., Roberts, D. L., Hutchings, M. J., Davy, A. J.

(2014)

Potential disruption of pollination in a sexually deceptive orchid by climatic change,

in Current Biology

24

(23)

pp. 2845-2849

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Zhou, W., Wang, Z., Davy, A. J., Liu, G.

(2013)

Geographic variation and local adaptation in Oryza rufipogon across its climatic range in China,

in Journal of Ecology

101

(6)

pp. 1498-1508

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Mateos-Naranjo, E., Andrades-Moreno, L., Davy, A.

(2013)

Silicon alleviates deleterious effects of high salinity on the halophytic grass Spartina densiflora,

in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

63

pp. 115-121

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Mossman, H., Grant, A., Davy, A. J.

(2013)

Implications of climate change for coastal and inter-tidal habitats in the UK,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Mossman, H., Davy, A., Grant, A.

(2012)

Does managed coastal realignment create saltmarshes with ‘equivalent biological characteristics’ to natural reference sites?,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

49

(6)

pp. 1446-1456

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Mossman, H., Brown, M., Davy, A., Grant, A.

(2012)

Constraints on Salt Marsh Development Following Managed Coastal Realignment: Dispersal Limitation or Environmental Tolerance?,

in Restoration Ecology

20

(1)

pp. 65-75

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Mossman, H., Davy, A., Grant, A.

(2012)

Quantifying local variation in tidal regime using depth-logging fish tags,

in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

96

pp. 122-128

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Davy, A., Brown, M., Mossman, H., Grant, A.

(2011)

Colonization of a newly developing salt marsh: disentangling independent effects of elevation and redox potential on halophytes,

in Journal of Ecology

99

(6)

pp. 1350-1357

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Lambert, S., Davy, A.

(2011)

Water quality as a threat to aquatic plants: discriminating between the effects of nitrate, phosphate, boron and heavy metals on charophytes,

in New Phytologist

189

(4)

pp. 1051-1059

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Robbirt, K., Davy, A., Hutchings, M., Roberts, D.

(2011)

Validation of biological collections as a source of phenological data for use in climate change studies: a case study with the orchid Ophrys sphegodes,

in Journal of Ecology

99

(1)

pp. 235-241

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Redondo-Gomez, S., Mateos-Naranjo, E., Figueroa, M., Davy, A.

(2010)

Salt stimulation of growth and photosynthesis in an extreme halophyte, Arthrocnemum macrostachyum,

in Plant Biology

12

(1)

pp. 79-87

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Davy, A., Hiscock, K., Low, R., Jones, M., Robins, N., Stratford, C.

(2010)

Protecting the Plant Communities and Rare Species of Dune Wetland Systems: Ecohydrological Guidelines for Wet Dune Habitats Phase 2,

Environment Agency

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

I am essentially a plant ecologist whose work mainly centres on coastal and aquatic systems, ecological restoration and conservation. The approach frequently involves population-based and eco-physiological studies that are aimed a both the advancement of ecological understanding and its practical application. Much of our work is designed to provide scientific under-pinning for species conservation for or the reconstruction of degraded ecosystems.

Current Research Projects

  • Restoration and conservation of threatened charophyte (stonewort) populations and their functions in shallow lakes
  • Successional development of salt marshes after managed and accidental coastal realignment following breaches of seawalls.
  • Population and physiological ecology of halophytes in North Norfolk, and in a mosaic of developing and eroding salt marshes at Odiel in S.W. Spain (collaborating with Prof. E. Figueroa, University of Sevilla).
  • Ecological tolerances of beach and dune species, and the ecohydrology of sand-dune systems.

Life in our research group 

We are a diverse group, with varied backgrounds and experience, but have a common enthusiasm to address ecological questions firmly rooted in field observations of plant distribution and abundance, particularly when they may inform larger-scale issues of ecosystem function. Often but not always the immediate topic of interest will contribute to investigating practical problems of ecological restoration or biodiversity conservation (another integrating theme). There is some emphasis on the use of environmental manipulations for field experimentation, backed up by appropriate laboratory, glasshouse and growth-cabinet studies. Projects may be based anywhere in the world; recently group members have been working in western Australia, S.W. Spain and Paraguay, and we currently have plans to expand work in Saudi Arabia. We have featured recently in the annual ‘Rebellion’ student conference organized by the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and regularly contribute to its weekly seminars.

PhD Positions

Please email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.

Postdocs & Fellows 

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include applying for fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named post-doc. At the moment, I am particularly keen to help establish conservation-based projects in Paraguay, in collaboration with the World land Trust and Guyra Paraguay.


Teaching Interests

  • BIO-1A03 (Biodiversity)
  • BIO-1A4Y (Skills for Biologists)
  • BIO-1A8Y (Issues & Approaches in Ecology)
  • BIO-2B1Y Biology in Society
  • BIO-2B26 (Community, Ecosystem and Macro-Ecology)
  • BIO-3C45 (Organisms and Environment)
  • BIO-M512 (Restoration Ecology)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Editor of Biological Flora of the British Isles for the British Ecological Society (2004-)
  • Evolution and Systematics of the Salicornia/Sarcocornia Lineage (Chenopodiaceae) Workshop, Institut für Spezielle Botanik, University of Mainz, Germany (2006)
  • 'BES Award' of the British Ecological Society for exceptional service to the Society and the discipline of ecology (2005)
  • Executive (Senior) Editor of Journal of Ecology (1998-2004). Previously joint Editor and Associate Editor
  • INTECOL Wetlands Congress, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2004)
  • Research Council for Bioscience and Environment of the Academy of Finland. Panel for Ecology and Evolution (2001, 2003, 2005)
  • European representative at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Georgia USA, 50th Anniversary Symposium (2003)
  • 6th International Conference on Environmental Future: Wetlands, Zürich, Switzerland (2003)
  • Workshop Réponses biologiques à la contrainte hydraulique (2002)

Administrative Posts

  • Director Ecology BSc programmes (C180, C9C1) (2006-)
  • Deputy Director MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation (2007-)
  • Convener of modules: BIO-M512 Restoration Ecology, BIO-3C45 Organisms and Environment, BIO-2B26 Community, Ecosystem and Macro-Ecology.
  • Chair/director of Teaching (2002-2005)
  • School of Biological Sciences Chair/director of Teaching (2002-2005)