Dr Charlotte Davies

Research Officer, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

My research focuses on diseases in marine ecosystems, which have the potential to alter ocean life, and the coastal communities that rely upon it. I am currently SEACAMS2 Fisheries Research Officer, working across several projects including herring stock assessments and sea trout tagging, alongside industrial partners such as Pembrokeshire Power Station, RWE and Frog Environmental. Previously I was a Scientific Officer within the Comparative Immunology and Pathobiology group working on the BlueFish project. 

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.

My latest research, through the BlueFish Project, is 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 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

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am module coordinator for undergraduate level 2 module: BIO238 Marine Ecosystems: Threats and Conservation. The module introduces students to various marine ecosystems and the broad ecological concepts that underpin marine community structure. We focus on some of the threats to ecosystems, ranging from climate change and disease to illegal fishing and tourism. The module will also introduce conservation efforts in marine ecosystems, from tropical to polar.

The module aims to introduce students to ecological concepts underpinning marine ecosystems, marine ecosystem classification and explore a variety of marine ecosystems and the biota that live in them. Students will gain experience of fieldwork, an understanding of the threats facing marine ecosystems and conservation strategies within the UK and worldwide.

I welcome project students interested in marine disease ecology, biodiversity and habitat connectivity.

 

Award Highlights Collaborations