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Thomas Davies is an interdisciplinary conservation ecologist working at the interface between ecology, conservation and society. His research seeks to understand human-environment interrelationships, those between our experience and perceptions of nature, and our impacts on ecosystems and the services they provide. Thomas has research interests in the marine environmental sciences, global change biology, urban ecology, grassland ecology, ecosystem service provisioning, community ecology, biological and digital conservation, and the socio-psychological dimensions of conservation prioritisation.
Thomas is particularly interested in how human activities alter the structure and functioning of ecosystems. He has worked on a variety of manmade disturbances in natural and semi-natural habitats including those associated with climate change, coastal hypoxia, and most notably artificial light at night.
After completeing a PhD in Marine Ecology at Ocean Sciences in March 2011, Thomas began investigating the ecological impacts of artificial light at night as a Research Fellow on the European Research Council funded ECOLIGHT project at the Universitry of Exeter until April 2017. He now holds a European Regional Development Fund supported Ser Cymru II Independent Research Fellowship at the School, researching the economic and ecological impacts of coastal lighting. Between April and August 2017, Thomas held a NERC funded Valuing Nature Placement investigating the influence of explicit and implicit human values on conservation prioritisation.
Thomas has conducted his research in a broad array ecosystems including subtidal and intertidal marine benthic, temperate grasslands and urban. He is experienced in the ecology of saltmarshes, benthic macro-invertebrates, biofouling communities, rocky shores, temperate grasslands and the built environment. Thomas has extensive research experience in the ecology and taxonomy of marine and terrestrial invertebrates.
Marine Ecology: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences/research/projects/601
M.Sc. Project students supervised
2018: Matthew Garratt, M.Sc., Bangor University, Mapping the impacts of artificial light at night on intertidal ecosystems.
2018: Katherine Reynolds, M.Sc., Bangor University, Impacts of Artificial Light at Night on rocky shore ecosystems.
2015: Charlotte Underwood, M.Sc., University of Exeter, Impacts of light pollution on intertidal predator-prey interactions. Paper published in J. Anim. Ecol.
2013: Mathew Coleman, M.Sc., Bangor University, Artificial lighting impacts on recruitment and composition of sub-tidal biofouling invertebrate communities. Paper published in Biol. Letts.
2010: Joseph Kennworthy, M.Biol., Bangor University, Resistance of biofouling invertebrate communities and ecosystem functioning to hypoxia. Co-authored paper in PLoS One.
2010: Christiaan van Sluis, Masters, Wageningen University, Plant biomass and diversity controls on saltmarsh primary productivity and invertebrate communities.
2009: Rachel Kingham, M.Sc., Bangor University, Resistance of algal turf species to wave exposure in a changing climate. Co-authored paper in J. Ecol.
2008: Inger Stevens, M.Sc., Bangor University, Resistance of benthic macro-inveryebrate communities and ecosystem functioning to cockleraking.
Research Grants Awarded
2018: £1.7M, NERC Highlight Topic. 'Artificial Light Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems (ALICE)'. Bangor University [Davies (PI), Jenkins, Gimenez & Cordes)]; Plymouth Marine Laboratory [Smyth,Widdicombe, Queiros, Fishwisck & Sailley]; National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton [Wiedenmann & D’Angelo]; University of Strathclyde [McKee].
2018: National Geographic Explorer Grant [Davies (PI), Smyth and McKee], £16K. In search of darkness: mapping artificial light at night in a heavily urbanised temperate estuary.
2017: European Regional Development Fund supported Ser Cymru II Fellowship [Davies(PI) and Jenkins], £209K. Bangor University. ALIENS: Artificial Light Impacts on the Encroachment of Non-native Species.
2017: Natural Environment Research Council supported Valuing Nature placement [Davies(PI) and Leyshon], £19K. University of Exeter. Addressing the influence of human values on conservation prioritisation.
2015: Plymouth Marine Laboratory-University of Exeter collaboration fund [Davies(PI) and Quéiros], £2.5K. University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Impacts of light pollution on benthic ecosystems.
2013: CATALYST seed funded outreach [Davies(PI) and Guy], £2K. University of Exeter. St Just night walks, photography and art exhibition.