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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- Limited increases in savanna carbon stocks over decades of fire suppression
- The first sub-meter resolution digital elevation model of the Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Mammalian herbivore movement into drought refugia has cascading effects on savanna insect communities
- Spatial heterogeneity facilitates carnivore coexistence
- A global review of termite sampling methods
- Environmental controls on African herbivore responses to landscapes of fear