Dr Chris Davey

BSc, PhD

Dr Chris Davey

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in population genomics


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My first degree was in zoology and microbiology and my PhD in biophysics (biological dielectrics). I wrote, got and did two Wellcome Trust fellowships in the area of linear and non-linear dielectric spectroscopy of human blood. I have taught at secondary school, taught a substantial part of the foundation year course in IBERS as well as part of the 1st year biochemistry course. I have successfully supervised PhD students in biophysics and plant math modelling/machine learning and currently I am supervising two students working in the area of fermentation instrumentation/monitoring. My research has encompassed both bench work and theoretical studies. Outside academia I have worked for both small and multinational companies and have freelanced as a consultant and computer programmer. I have studied fine art at first year undergraduate level and am an exhibiting artist and published poet.


My current research interests include biofuel crops, math modelling of plants, applications of machine learning, flow cytometry, dielectrics (particularly applied to the development of novel instrumentation) and quantitative genetics and genomics.

Research Groups

  • Crop Genomics


Shepherd, A, Awty‐Carroll, D, Kam, J, Ashman, C, Magenau, E, Martani, E, Kontek, M, Ferrarini, A, Amaducci, S, Davey, C, Jurišić, V, Petrie, GJ, Al Hassan, M, Lamy, I, Lewandowski, I, de Maupeou, E, McCalmont, J, Trindade, L, van der Cruijsen, K, van der Pluijm, P, Rowe, R, Lovett, A, Donnison, I, Kiesel, A, Clifton‐Brown, J & Hastings, A 2023, 'Novel Miscanthus hybrids: Modelling productivity on marginal land in Europe using dynamics of canopy development determined by light interception', GCB Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 444-461. 10.1111/gcbb.13029
Magenau, E, Clifton‐Brown, J, Parry, C, Ashman, C, Awty‐Carroll, D, Ferrarini, A, Kontek, M, Martani, E, Amaducci, S, Davey, C, Dolstra, O, Jurišić, V, Kam, J, Trindade, LM, Lewandowski, I & Kiesel, A 2023, 'Spring emergence and canopy development strategies in miscanthus hybrids in Mediterranean, continental and maritime European climates', GCB Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 559-574. 10.1111/gcbb.13035
Iacono, R, Slavov, G, Davey, C, Clifton-Brown, J, Allison, G & Bosch, M 2023, 'Variability of cell wall recalcitrance and composition in genotypes of Miscanthus from different genetic groups and geographical origin', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 14, 1155188. 10.3389/fpls.2023.1155188, 10.3389/fpls.2023.1155188
Awty-Carroll, D, Magenau, E, Al Hassan, M, Martani, E, Kontek, M, van der Pluijm, P, Ashman, C, de Maupeou, E, McCalmont, J, Petrie, GJ, Davey, C, van der Cruijsen, K, Jurišić, V, Amaducci, S, Lamy, I, Shepherd, A, Kam, J, Hoogendam, A, Croci, M, Dolstra, O, Ferrarini, A, Lewandowski, I, Trindade, LM, Kiesel, A & Clifton-Brown, J 2023, 'Yield performance of 14 novel inter- and intra-species Miscanthus hybrids across Europe', GCB Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 399-423. 10.1111/gcbb.13026
Magenau, E, Clifton-Brown, J, Awty-Carroll, D, Ashman, C, Ferrarini, A, Kontek, M, Martani, E, Roderick, K, Amaducci, S, Davey, C, Jurišić, V, Kam, J, Trindade, LM, Lewandowski, I & Kiesel, A 2022, 'Site impacts nutrient translocation efficiency in intraspecies and interspecies miscanthus hybrids on marginal lands', GCB Bioenergy, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 1035-1054. 10.1111/gcbb.12985
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