Jonathan Davies

Associate Professor


Jonathan Davies’ research addresses questions related to the ecological and evolutionary processes shaping the present-day distribution of biodiversity, the challenges posed to its conservation through anthropogenic environmental change, and the consequences of biodiversity loss on ecosystems and the services they provide for us. The integration of phylogenetic approaches in ecology has been transformative, and has given rise to new sub-disciplines in biodiversity science, invasion biology, climate change biology, emerging infectious disease research and community ecology.

In his research, Jonathan aims to extend phylogenetic ecology to allow simultaneous modeling of evolutionary and spatial data, and a more explicit consideration of evolutionary processes within community ecology. This work had provided new insights into the structure of species assemblages and host-parasite interactions. His work has also helped extend conservation thinking beyond the traditional focus on species. By considering dimensions of diversity that capture species properties, rather than numbers, such approaches might be especially relevant for maintaining the provisioning of important ecosystem services. Jonathan’s current research examines biotic responses to anthropogenic forcing of climate.

Key Achievements

  • 2015 NSERC Discovery Grant ($200,000)
  • 2015 Tomlinson Science Award, Assistant Professor category, McGill University
  • 2014 Inaugural McGill Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researcher
  • 2014 FQRNT Programme Nouvaux Reserche ($40,000)
  • 2012 FQRNT Programme de Recherche en Équipe (Co-applicant with P. Peres-Neto & P. Legendre, $165,000)
  • 2010 NSERC Discovery Grant ($145,000)


Community Ecology
Conservation Biology

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