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Christina Davy

Assistant Professor

Degrees:B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Office:246 Nesbitt
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

Habitat loss, climate change, and biodiversity declines represent some of the major challenges facing humanity today. Through our research, we seek to understand the factors that determine the extinction or persistence of threatened species at local and landscape scales, and the synergistic effects of environmental changes including habitat modification, invasive species, disease, and pollution. We are particularly interested in the increasing importance of wildlife pathogens in biodiversity conservation, and in developing the emerging study of aeroconservation.

Selected Publications

Davy, C.M., L. Shirose, L. Sigler, D. Campbell, R. Dillon, C. Mackenzie, N.M. Nemeth, T. Braithwaite, H. Cai, T. Degazio, T. Dobbie, S. Egan, H. Fotherby, J. Litzgus, P. Manarome, S. Marks, J.E. Paterson, D. Slavic, E. Slavik, J. Urquhart, and C. Jardine. (2021) Revisiting ophidiomycosis (snake fungal disease) after a decade of targeted research. Frontiers in Veterinary Sciences.

Angoh, S.Y.J., J. Freeland, J. Paterson, P.A. Rupasinghe, and C.M. Davy. (2021) Effects of invasive wetland macrophytes on habitat selection and movement by freshwater turtles. Biological Invasions.

J.E. Paterson, S. Carstairs, and C.M. Davy. (2021) Population-level effects of wildlife rehabilitation and release vary with life-history strategy. Journal for Nature Conservation, 61: 125983.

Davy, C.M., K.A. Squires, and J.R. Zimmerling. (2020) Estimation of spatio-temporal trends in bat abundance from mortality data collected at wind turbines. Conservation Biology, 35(1): 227–238.

Davy, C.M., M.E. Donaldson, H. Bandouchova, A.M. Breit, N.A.S. Dorville, Y.A. Dzal, V. Kovacova, E.L. Kunkel, N. Martínková, K.J.O. Norquay, J.E. Paterson, J. Zukal, J. Pikula, C.K.R. Willis, and C.J. Kyle. (2020) Transcriptional host-pathogen responses of Pseudogymnoascus destructans and three species of bats during white-nose syndrome. Virulence,11:1,781-794.

Riley, J., Hudson, S., Frenette-Ling, C., and C.M. Davy. (2020) All together now! Disentangling mechanisms of hatching synchrony in freshwater turtles. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 74: 58.

Paterson, J.E., J. Baxter-Gilbert, F. Beaudry, S. Carstairs, P. Chow-Fraser, C.B. Edge, A.M. Lentini, J.D. Litzgus, C.E. Markle, K. McKeown, J.A. Moore, J.M. Refsnider, J.L. Riley, J.D. Rouse, D.C. Seburn, J.R. Zimmerling, and C.M. Davy. (2019) Road avoidance and its energetic consequences on reptiles. Ecology and Evolution.

Davy, C.M., M.E. Donaldson, S. Subudhi, N. Rapin, L. Warnecke, J.M. Turner, T.K. Bollinger, C.J. Kyle, C.K.R. Willis, and V. Misra. (2018) White-nose syndrome is associated with increased replication of naturally persisting coronaviruses in bats. Scientific Reports

Davy, C.M., A.T. Ford, & K.C. Fraser. (2017) Aeroconservation for the fragmented skies. Conservation Letters, 10(6): 773–780, doi: 10.1111/conl.12347