Dr Charlotte Davies

Lecturer, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 604782

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Staff Office - 018
Ground Floor
Margam Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a molecular ecologist and my research focuses on genetics and diseases in marine ecosystems, which have the potential to alter ocean life, and the coastal communities that rely upon it. In particular, I have a special interest in Tropical Marine Ecosystems. I am currently a lecturer in Bioscience.

Previously at Swansea I was Fisheries Research Officer for a European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) project, 'Atlantic Herring Studies in the Bristol Channel and Wales'; as well as SEACAMS2 working on herring stock assessments and sea trout tagging, alongside industrial partners such as Pembrokeshire Power Station, RWE and Frog Environmental. In addition, I was a Scientific Officer within the Comparative Immunology and Pathobiology group working on the BlueFish project, investigating disease connectivity in the aquatic environment, including the ability to ‘track’ pathogens from the water column into the host using environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches.

I obtained my BSc in Biology and PhD at Swansea University, studying pathogens of economically important European shellfish, the European lobster and brown (edible) crab. My first postdoctoral position at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology investigated the relationship between tropical habitat ecology and disease prevalence in the Caribbean spiny lobster.

I want to work towards a better understanding of how anthropogenically driven stressors such as fishing, climate change and invasive species, can affect emergence, spread and connectivity of marine diseases.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Diseases of aquatic animals
  • Crustaceans
  • Shellfish
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Disease Connectivity
  • eDNA
  • Tropical ecosystems
  • Fisheries

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I co-ordinate both Year 3 tropical marine biology modules BIO327, the Tropical Marine Ecology Field Course, in Abu Dabbab, Egypt, and BIO330 Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation. I also teach on the Year 2 BIO260 Marine Biology Fieldcourse in Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire, as well as  BIO346 Professional Skills in Marine Biology, a field course based in Camarthen Bay.  Additionally, I assist with BIO236 Cells and Immunity and BIO313 Diseases of aquatic animals.

I am the co-oridnator for Year in Industry and Year in Applied Research degrees in Bioscience, including Biology, Zoology and Marine Biology disciplines. 

I welcome project students interested in molecular ecology, marine diseases and genetics and biodiversity and habitat connectivity.


Research Award Highlights Collaborations