Dr Andrew Davies

Photograph of Dr Andrew Davies


I started in marine biology at the then York and later Hull University campus in Scarborough in 1998, completing an undergraduate degree in Coastal Marine Biology in 2001. Then I moved to Queen's University Belfast, working towards a PhD in plant-animal interactions in the intertidal zone, focussing on the dynamics between established algal canopies and the limpet Patella vulgata (completion in 2004). In perhaps the biggest shift of my career, I moved from the sheltered rocky shores to the deep sea, undertaking a post-doctoral post working on cold-water coral communities at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (2005-2009). Now, I have been appointed as Lecturer in Marine Biology at Bangor (2009-), and was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship in 2013 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014.

Research interests

As an ecologist, I am interested in how plants and animals interact with the physical environment and each other. This can be in a variety of marine environments, spanning the relatively well understood intertidal zone, through to deep reef ecosystems at thousands of meters depth. I am currently working on:
  • Ecology of reef ecosystems, with a focus on Lophelia pertusa and polychaete worm-reef communities.
  • Plant-animal interactions in the intertidal zone.
  • Developing underwater technology, both in situ and laboratory/aquarium based.
  • Habitat-suitability modelling for deep sea organisms.
  • The spread and ecology of invasive macroalgae.

Research Groups

Research Themes

Research projects / grants post 2009:

Ecosystem Resilience and Diversity Fund, NRW and Welsh Government (2013-15). The reproduction and connectivity of Sabellaria alveolata reefs within Wales w/Jenkins, Neill & Robins, £82k.

Welsh Crucible Small Grants Scheme (2013-14) "Providing new model organisms for biomedical research: The tale of molluscs, mice and men", with Cardiff and Swansea £10k.

KESS MRes Studentship with industrial partner NRW (2013). Training grant to support MRes student to study the flow fields created by S. alveolata w/P. Brazier and Jenkins, £36k.

Bangor University and FAPESP (2013). "Locating vulnerable marine ecosystems on the Brazilian Shelf: Maximising research potential", w/Paulo Sumida, Sao Paulo, £10k.

ASSEMBLE EU (2013). Access grant to work in Tjärnö Laboratory over the summer with T. Lundalv on Lophelia pertusa reef in collaboration with NIOZ, £5k.

NERC Algorithm studentship (2013). Doctoral training grant at NERC rate for PhD student to study the effects of ocean acidification on Cerastoderma edule w/Richardson.

Welsh Cruciblee (2013). A program of personal, professional and leadership development for highly promising research leaders of the future who are building their careers in Wales.

Ecosystem Resilience and Diversity Fund, CCW and Welsh Government (2012). Function and restoration of Sabellaria alveolata reefs w/Jenkins & Baas, £45k.

Crown Estate (2012). Decline of large brown algae in the UK, collaborative grant with NHM and QUB, £38k.

ASSEMBLE EU (2012). Access grant to work in Tjärnö Laboratory over the summer with Pavia and Toth w/M. Kurr, £5k.

KESS MRes Studentship with industrial partner Knowtra (2011). Training grant to support MRes student to study the impact of climate change on the Irish Sea w/S. Spall and S. Malham, £36k.

NERC Algorithm studentship (2011). Doctoral training grant at NERC rate for PhD student to study the chemical defence of native versus invasive macroalgae w/Jan Hiddink.

Cemlyn Jones Trust UK (2011). Doctoral training grant at NERC rate for PhD student to study archived aerial imagery of the Welsh coastline w/E. Mitchelson-Jacob and S.J. Hawkins, ~£60k.

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (2010-2011). Grant to develop models of coral potential occurrence on the western Pacific Shelf w/J. Guinotte, $40k*

Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK (2011). Travel grant to develop ocean acidification models for cold-water corals w/J. Guinotte, £2k.

BOEMRE deep-water canyons (2010-2014). $115k (US) to Davies, total value over $3 million (US).

Marine Conservation Biology Institute. Grant to develop predictive model of cold-water coral occurrences throughout the High Seas (2009-2011), $45k (US).


Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

Suckling, C.C., Terrey, D, Davies, A.J. Accepted.
Optimising stocking density for the commercial cultivation of sea urchin larvae. Aquaculture.

Roberts, E. M., Bowers, D. G. and Davies, A. J. (2017).
Tidal modulation of seabed light and its implications for benthic algae. Limnol. Oceanogr., doi:10.1002/lno.10616

Parsons, D.R., R.J. Schindler, J.A. Hope, J. Malarkey, J.H. Baas, J. Peakall, A.J. Manning, L. Ye, S. Simmons, D.M. Paterson, R.J. Aspden, S.J. Bass, A.G. Davies, I.D. Lichtman and P.D. Thorne, 2016.
The role of biophysical cohesion on subaqueous bed form size. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 1566-1573, doi: 10.1002/2016GL067667.
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Firth LB, Mieszkowska N, Grant LM, Bush LE, Davies AJ, Frost MT, Moschella PS, Burrows MT, Cunningham PN, Dye SR, Hawkins SJ (2015)
Historical comparisons reveal multiple drivers of decadal change of an ecosystem engineer at the range edge. Ecology and Evolution 5(15): 3210-3222. doi 10.1002/ece3.1556.

Yesson C, Bush LE, Davies AJ, Maggs CA, Brodie J (2015)
Large brown seaweeds of the British Isles: Evidence of changes in abundance over four decades. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 155: 167-175.
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Ashford OS, Davies AJ, Jones DOB (2014)
Global distribution of xenophyophores: insights from habitat suitability models. Deep-sea Research Vol 1 94: 31-44.
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Biber MF, Duineveld GCA, Lavaleye MSS, Davies AJ, Bergman MJN, van den Beld IMJ (2014)
Investigating the association of fish abundance and biomass with cold-water corals in the deep Northeast Atlantic Ocean using a generalized linear modelling approach. Deep Sea Research Part II: Tropical Studies in Oceanography, 99 134-145.
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Bouma TJ, van Belzen J, Balke T, Zhu Z, Airoldi L, Blight AJ, Davies AJ, Galvan C, Hawkins SJ, Hoggart SP, Lara JL, Losada IJ, Maza M, Oniviela B, Skov MW, Strain EM, Thompson RC, Yang S, Zanutigh B, Zhang L, Herman PMJ (2014)
Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities and steps to take. Coastal Engineering 87: 147-157

Guinotte JM, Davies AJ (2014)
Predicted Deep-Sea Coral Habitat Suitability for the U.S. West Coast. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93918.
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Jackson, E. L., Davies, A. J., Howell, K. L., Kershaw, P. J. and Hall-Spencer, J. M. (2014)
Future-proofing marine protected area networks for cold water coral reefs. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 71 (9): 2621-2629. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu099
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Mienis F, Duineveld GCA, Davies AJ, Lavaleye MSS, Ross SW, Seim H, Bane JM, Van Haren H, Bergman M, De Haas H, Brooke S, Van Weering TCE (2014)
Cold-water coral growth under extreme environmental conditions, the Cape Lookout area, NW Atlantic. Biogeosciences 11: 2543-2560.
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Roberts, E.M., Bowers, D.G. and Davies, A.J. (2014).
Springs-neaps cycles in daily total seabed light: Daylength-induced changes. Journal of Marine Systems, 132, 116-129.

Suckling, C.C., Clark, M.S., Beveridge, C., Brunner, L., Hughes, A., Cook, E., Davies, A.J., Peck, L.S. (2014)
Experimental influence of pH on the early life-stages of sea urchins II: increasing parental exposure times gives rise to different responses. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 58(3): 161-175. DOI:10.1080/07924259.2013.875951

Vierod ADT, Guinotte JM, Davies AJ (2014)
Predicting the distribution of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea using presence-background models. Deep-sea research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 99 6-18

Szostek CL, Davies AJ, Hinz H. (2013).
Effects of elevated levels of suspended particulate matter and burial on juvenile king scallops Pecten maximus L. Marine Ecology Progress Series 474: 155-165. doi:10.3354/meps10088
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Duineveld GCA, Jeffreys RM, Lavaleye MSS, Davies AJ, Bergman MJN, Watmough T, Witbaard R (2012)
Spatial and tidal variation in food supply to shallow cold-water coral reefs of the Mingulay Reef complex (Outer Hebrides, Scotland). Marine Ecology Progress Series 444:97-115.
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Hiddink, J. G., Lasram, F. B. R., Cantrill, J. and Davies, A. J. (2012).
Keeping pace with climate change: what can we learn from the spread of Lessepsian migrants? Global Change Biology, 18, 2161-2172. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02698.x.
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Mienis F, Duineveld GCA, Davies AJ, Ross SW, Seim H, Bane J and van Weering TCE (2012)
The influence of near-bed hydrodynamic conditions on cold-water corals in the Viosca Knoll area, Gulf of Mexico. Deep-sea Research 1 60(1) 32-45.
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Yesson C, Taylor ML, Tittensor DP, Davies AJ, Guinotte J, Baco A, Black J, Hall-Spencer JM and Rogers A D (2012)
Global habitat suitability of cold-water octocorals. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02681.x
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Davies AJ, Guinotte JM (2011)
Global habitat suitability for framework-forming cold-water corals.PLoS ONE 6(4): e18483. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018483
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Mineur F, Davies AJ, Maggs CA, Verlaque M, Johnson MP (2010)
Fronts, jumps and secondary introductions suggested as different invasion patterns in marine species, with an increase in spread rates over time. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 277 no. 1694 2693-2701. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0494
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Davies, A.J., Duineveld, G.C.A., van Weering, T.C.E., Mienis, F., Quattrini, A.M., Seim, H.E., Bane, J.M. and Ross, S.W. (2010)
Short-term environmental variability in cold-water coral habitat at Viosca Knoll, Gulf of Mexico. Deep-sea Research 1 57: 199-212.
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Glover AG, Higgs ND, Bagley PM, Carlsson R, Davies AJ, Kemp KM, Last KS, Norling K, Rosenberg R, Wallin K-A, Källström B, Dahlgren TG (2010)
A live video observatory reveals temporal processes at a shelf-depth whale-fall Cahiers de Biologie Marine 51: 375-381.
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Henry, L.A., Davies, A.J. and Roberts, J.M. (2010)
Beta diversity of cold-water coral reef communities off western Scotland. Coral Reefs, 29(2): 427-436. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-009-0577-6.
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Davies, A.J., Last, K.S., Attard, K. and Hendrick, V.J. (2009)
Maintaining turbidity and current flow in laboratory aquarium studies, a case study using Sabellaria spinulosa. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 370, 35-40.
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Roberts, J.M., Davies, A.J., Henry, L.-A., Dodds, L.A., Duineveld, G.C.A., Lavaleye, M.S.S., Maier, C., van Soest, R.W.M., Bergman, M.J.N., Hühnerbach, V., Huvenne, V.A.I., Sinclair, D.J., Watmough, T., Long, D., Green, S.L. and van Haren, H. (2009)
The Mingulay reef complex, northeast Atlantic: an interdisciplinary study of cold-water coral habitat, hydrography and biodiversity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 397: 139-151.
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Davies, A.J., Duineveld, G.C.A., Lavaleye, M.S.S. Roberts, J.M. and van Haren, H. (2009)
Downward water motion and bottom water advection as food supply mechanisms to the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa (Scleractinia) at the Mingulay Reef Complex. Limnology and Oceanography 54(2): 620-629. Feature Article for this issue.
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De Mol, B., Querol, N., Davies, A.J., Schäfer, A., Foglini, F., Gonzales-Mirelis, G., Kopke, K., Dunne, D., Shewe, I., Trincardi, F., Canals, M. (2009)
HERMES-GIS: a tool to connect scientists. Oceanography 22(1): 144-153.
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Shucksmith, R., Jones, N.H., Stoyle, G.W., Davies, A. and Dicks, E.F. (2009)
Abundance and distribution of the Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) on the north coast of Anglesey, Wales, UK. Journal of the Marine Biological Association for the United Kingdom. 89(5): 1051-1058.
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Davies, A.J., Johnson, M.P. and Maggs, C.A. (2008)
Subsidy by Ascophyllum nodosum increases growth rate and survivorship of Patella vulgata. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 366: 43-48.
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Davies, A.J., Wisshak, M., Orr, J.C. and Roberts, J.M. (2008)
Predicting suitable habitat for Lophelia pertusa. Deep-sea Research Vol. 1 55: 1048-1062.
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Davies, A.J., and Hall-Spencer, J. (2007)
Preserving deep-sea natural heritage: Emerging issues in offshore conservation and management. Biological Conservation 138: 299-312.
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Davies, A.J., Johnson, M.P. and Maggs, C.A. (2007)
Unexpected loss of Ascophyllum nodosum caused by limpet grazing. Marine Ecology- Progress Series 339: 131-141.
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Davies, A.J. and Johnson, M.P. (2006)
Coastline configuration disrupts large-scale climatic forcing, leading to divergent temporal trends in wave exposure. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 69 (3-4): 643-648.
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Additional Publications

Wadke, P.M., Burrows, M.T., Meldrum, D. and Davies, A.J. (2007)
Using magneto-resistive sensors to monitor animal behaviour: a case study using limpets. Proceedings, Oceans 2007 MTS/IEEE Vancouver.
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Davies, A.J., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Hughes, D.J. and Roberts, J.M. (2006)
An introduction to the Benthic Ecology of the Rockall - Hatton Area (SEA 7). A report for the DTI, 94pp.
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Davies, A.J. and Roberts, J.M. (2005)
Preserving our deep-sea heritage. Marine Conservation 6 (11): 10-1

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