Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
Evolution of Anthropocene Biodiversity
I completed a BSc in Geology at the University of Edinburgh followed by an MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol. My PhD research was on avian phylogenetics at the University of Glasgow, which I completed in 2008. I began my first post-doctoral position in 2011 at the University of Bath, working as a Researcher Co-I on a BBSRC funded grant on arthropod phylogeny and macroevolution. I moved to York as a Research Fellow in 2016 funded by the Leverhulme Trust, working on the evolution of acoustic communication. I began my current position with LCAB late in 2019, working on biological invasions in the geological record.
I am broadly interested in patterns and processes in the evolution of biodiversity, with a particular interest in how we can use the geological record to help us to understand, and mitigate, the potential impact of human activity on today’s biodiversity. I am currently working on a number of different research projects including, but not limited to: the impact on speciation rates of biological invasions as seen in the geological record, past environmental change and how it shaped macroevolution in arthropods, the evolution and diversity of extinct crocodiles and their relatives, trait evolution in parrots, and how climate change is affecting speciation rates and spatial distributions of crustaceans. I have been successful with funding applications to a variety of sources, including BBSRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Palaeontological Association. My current collaborators are based all over the world, from the University of Bath to Mexico, China and the US.
Burgio KR, Davis KE, Dreiss LM, Cisneros LM, Klingbeil BT, Presley SJ, Willig MR. 2019, Phylogenetic supertree and functional trait database for all extant parrots. Data in Brief 24: 103882.
Tang C, Davis KE, Delmer C, Yang D & Wills MA. 2018, Elevated atmospheric CO2 correlates with increased rates of diversification in mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae). Communications Biology 1:182.
Davis, KE, De Grave S, Delmer C & Wills MA. 2018, Freshwater transitions and reef symbioses shaped the evolution and extant diversity of caridean shrimps. Communications Biology 1:16.
Davis KE, Hill J, Astrop TI & Wills MA. 2016, Global cooling as a driver of speciation in a major marine clade. Nature Communications 7: 13003.
Lloyd GT, Bapst DW, Friedman & Davis KE. 2016, Probabilistic divergence time estimation without branch lengths: dating the origins of dinosaurs, avian flight and crown birds. Biology Letters