Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Davies is an ecologist whose research examines how animals interact with the environment and each other to affect ecosystem processes at landscape scales. He draws 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 his work investigates how anthropogenic pressures, including climate and land-use change, alter animal-driven processes and influence the direction of their effects. He integrates 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.
Davies obtained his PhD in 2014 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where his dissertation focused on the functional importance of termites in shaping African savanna ecosystems. Following this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University where he greatly expanded his research focus by integrating field studies and remote sensing to understand animal-landscape interactions across a wide range of species and ecosystems. He joined the Harvard faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in July 2019.
Davies has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in top ecological and general interest journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Global Change Biology. He has presented his research at conferences, universities and other organizations around the world, and has received multiple awards for his presentations and research.