Welcome to the Davies Lab!


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Our research examines how animals interact with the environment and each other to affect ecosystem processes at landscape scales. We draw on the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, animal behavior, and remote sensing to explore multiple facets of animal-ecosystem interactions in a spatially explicit manner. 

A key component of our work investigates how global change, including climate and land-use change, alter animal-driven processes and influence the direction of their effects. We integrate field measurements, GPS telemetry, and remote sensing products (including LiDAR, hyperspectral, and satellite data) to answer questions ranging from the role of animals in shaping vegetation and modifying nutrient cycles, to how land-use changes that alter habitat heterogeneity affect animal behavior and subsequent ecosystem impact. 

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Graduate Thesis Completed!

October 19, 2021
Congratulations to Davies Lab member Nisa Marks on the successful completion of her thesis, "Giving Life to Conservation: A Study of What Enables or Constrains Biologists' Work to Recover Endangered Birds". As a graduate student at the Harvard Extension School, Nisa's research in the lab focused on the effects of nonbiological factors on conservation outcomes, using threatened and endangered birds as case studies. She is currently working as the Rivers and Lakes Program Assistant, for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Field Expedition to Odzala-Kokoua National Park

September 29, 2021

PhD student Evan Hockridge recently led a field expedition to Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo with Professor Andrew Davies and Tom Lautenbach (drone pilot and field technician). Evan's PhD seeks to understand the specific ways that large animals influence the structure and composition of Central African forests via ecosystem engineering and alterations to ecosystem functioning. Afrotropical rainforests are...

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