Research Faculty #11

General Information

Academic History

M. Sc. (1997) University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ph. D. (2004) Imperial College, London, UK

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Research Abstract

Ecology and evolutionary biology; the distribution of biodiversity and the challenges posed to its conservation through recent changes to the environment.

Research Interests

My research lies at the interface between ecology and evolutionary biology, making use of the information contained within phylogenetic trees to provide a bridge between them. The integration of phylogenetic approaches in ecology has been transformative, and has given rise to new sub-disciplines in biodiversity science, invasion biology, climate change biology, emerging infectious disease research and community ecology. In the past six years I have addressed questions related to the distribution of biodiversity and the challenges posed to its conservation through recent changes to the environment.

Selected Publications

Pearse, W.D., Davis, C.C., Inouye, D.W., Primack, R.B., and Davies, T.J. [2017] A statistical estimator for determining the limits of contemporary and historic phenology. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1876–1882.

Perrault, N., Farrell, M.J. and Davies, T.J. [2017] Tongues on the EDGE: language preservation priorities based on threat and lexical distinctiveness. Royal Society Open Science 4: 171218.

Fountain‐Jones, N.M., Pearse, W.D., Escobar, L.E., Alba‐Casals, A., Carver, S., Davies, T.J., Kraberger, S., Papeş, M., Vandegrift, K., Worsley‐Tonks, K. and Craft, M.E. [2017]. Towards an eco‐phylogenetic framework for infectious disease ecology. Biological Reviews doi: 10.1111/brv.12380.

Garcia-Elfring, A., Barrett, R.D.H., Combs, M., Davies, T.J., Munshi-South, J. and Millien, V. [2017] Admixture on the northern front: population genomics of range expansion in the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and secondary contact with the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). Heredity 119: 447-458.

Cadotte, M.W., T.J. Davies and P. R. Peres-Neto [in press] Why phylogenies do not always predict ecological differences. Ecological Monographs 87: 535-551.

Elliott, T.L. and Davies. T. J.[2017] Jointly modeling niche width and phylogenetic distance to explain species co-occurrence. Ecosphere 8: e01891.

Daru, B.H., Elliott, T.L., Park, D.S. and Davies, T. J. [2017] Understanding the Processes Underpinning Patterns of Phylogenetic Regionalization. TREE 32: 845-860.

Bezeng, B.S., Davies, T.J., Daru, B.H., Kabongo, R.M., Maurin, O., Yessoufou, K., van der Bank, H. and Van der Bank, M. [2017] Ten years of barcoding at the African Centre for DNA barcoding. Genome 999: 1-10.

Daru, B.H., Holt, B.G., Lessard, J.P., Yessoufou, K. and Davies, T.J. [2017] Phylogenetic regionalization of marine plants reveals close evolutionary affinities among disjunct temperate assemblages. Biological Conservation 213: 351-356.

Tucker, C.M., Cadotte, M.W., Carvalho, S.B., Davies, T.J., Ferrier, S., Fritz, S.A., Grenyer, R., Helmus, M.R., Jin, L.S., Mooers, A.O. and Pavoine, S. [2017] A guide to phylogenetic metrics for conservation, community ecology and macroecology. Biological Reviews 92: 698-715.

Carvajal-Endara, S., Hendry, A.P., Emery, N.C and Davies T.J. [2017]. Habitat filtering not dispersal limitation shapes oceanic island floras: species assembly of the Galápagos archipelago. Ecology Letters 20: 495-504.

Morales-Castilla, I., Davies, T.J., Pearse, W.D. and Peres-Neto, P. [2017] Combining phylogeny and co-occurrence to improve single species distribution models. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 740-752.

Bezeng, B.S., Morales-Castilla, I., van der Bank, M., Yessoufou, K., Daru, B.H. & Davies, T.J. [2017] Climate change may reduce the spread of non-native species. Ecosphere 8 (3).

Veron, S., T. J. Davies, M. W. Cadotte, P. Clergeau, S. Pavoine. [2017]. Predicting loss of evolutionary history: where are we? Biological Reviews 92: 271-291.