Neil Davies

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Executive Director
biological invasions
population genetics

As director of the UCB Gump Station, I represent the University of California in French Polynesia, overseeing the University's operations and staff in Moorea.  Responsible for developing world-class research, educational, and public outreach programs, I work with our international and local partners to establish Moorea as a leading model ecosystem.  In the context of unprecedented global change, our programs aim to: (1) discover processes underlying tropical biocomplexity, particularly in coral reef systems, and (2) translate this knowledge into sustainable development through innovative eco-engineering tools and management approaches.

Biographic Information: After graduating in Zoology from Oxford University in 1990, I began a Ph.D. in Genetics at University College London.  My graduate studies focused on the evolution and population genetics of tropical insects and were based at the University of Puerto Rico and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama).  Following the completion of my Ph.D. in 1995, I studied the genetics of biological invasions at the University of Hawaii and at UC Berkeley until taking over at the Gump Station on 1 July 2000.   


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University of California, Berkeley
Station Projects
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Selection of Publications since 2005

  • Davies, N. Meyer, C. Gilbert, J. Amaral-Zettler, L. Deck, J. Bicak, M. Rocca-Serra, P. Asunta-Sansone, S. Willis, K. Field, D. A Call for an International Network of Genomic Observatories (GOs) Gigasience: 2012 1:5 doi:10.1186/2047-217X-1-5
  • Davies, N., Field, D. and Genomic Observatories Network. 2012 Sequencing Data: A Genomic Network to Monitor Earth. Nature. 481: 212 doi:10.1038/481145a
  • Davies, N. Research Stations. 2009 pp. 788-792 

     Encyclopedia of Islands. R. Gillespie and D. Clague, Eds. University of California Press.  

  • Petit J.N., Hoddle M.S., Grandgirard J., Roderick G.K., Davies N. 2008 Short-distance dispersal behavior and establishment of the parasitoid Gonatocerus ashmeadi (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) in Tahiti: Implications for its use as a biological control agent against Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Biological Control 45:344-352
  • Petit J.N., Hoddle M.S., Grandgirard J., Roderick G.K., Davies N. 2008 Invasion dynamics of the glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in French Polynesia. Biological Invasions 10: 955-967
  • Davies, N. 2008 Moorea Ecostation – a Model Ecosystem for Conservation Science. IUCN Newsletter
  • Hornett, E.A., Duplouy, A.M.R., Davies, N., Roderick, G.K., Wedell, N., Hurst, G.D.D. & Charlat, S. 2008 You can’t keep a good parasite down:  evolution of a male-killer suppressor uncovers cytoplasmic incompatibility. Evolution 62-5: 1258-1263
  • Lison de Loma T., Osenberg C.W., Shima J.S., Chancerelle Y., Davies N., Brooks A.J., Galzin R. A 2008 Framework for Assessing Impacts of Marine Protected Areas in Moorea (French Polynesia) Pacific Science 62: 427-438
  • Tsuchiya M., Galzin R., Davies N. 2008 Biodiversity research on coral reef and island ecosystems: scientific cooperation in the Pacific region Pacific Science 62: 295-298
  • Charlat S., Hornett E.A., Fullard J.H., Davies N., Roderick G.K., Wedell N., Hurst G.D.D. 2007 Extraordinary Flux in Sex-Ratio Science 317: 214
  • Grandgirard J., Hoddle M.S., Roderick G.K., Petit J.N., Percy D., Putoa R., Garnier C., Davies N., 2006. Invasion of French Polynesia by the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Hemiptera : Cicadellidae): A new threat to the South Pacific. Pacific Science 60(4):429-438      
  • Plichart, C. Sechan Y., Davies, N. and Legrand, A.M. (2006) PCR and dissection as tools to monitor filarial infection of Aedes polynesiensis mosquitoes in French Polynesia Filaria Journal 5:2
  • Charlat, S., E. Hornett, E. Dyson, P.-Y. Ho, N. Loc, M. Schilthuizen, N. Davies, G. Roderick, and G. Hurst.  2005.  Prevalence and penetrance variation of male-killing Wolbachia across Indo-Pacific populations of the butterfly Hypolimnas bolina. Molecular Ecology 14:3525-3530.
  • Davies, N. & G. K. Roderick 2005. Dipteran Sex Chromosomes in Evolutionary Developmental Biology. The Evolutionary Biology of Flies. B. M. Wiegmann and D. K. Yeates, Eds. pp. 196-216. Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Behbahani A., Dutton T.J., Davies, N., Townson H., Sinkins S.P. 2005. Population differentiation and Wolbachia phylogeny in mosquitoes of the Aedes scutellaris group.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology 19, 66-71