Position: Executive Director

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Research Institution: University of California, Berkeley

About Neil Davies

After graduating in Zoology from Oxford University in 1990, I began a Ph.D. in Genetics at University College London.  My graduate studies focused on the evolution and population genetics of tropical insects and were based at the University of Puerto Rico and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama).  Following the completion of my Ph.D. in 1995, I studied the genetics of biological invasions at the University of Hawaii and UC Berkeley until taking over at the Gump Station on 1 July 2000.  As Executive Director of the Gump Station, I represent the University of California in French Polynesia, overseeing the University's operations and staff in Moorea.  Responsible for developing world-class research, educational, and public outreach programs, I work with our international and local partners to establish Moorea as a model ecosystem.  The goal is to understand tropical biocomplexity in the context of unprecedented global chancge and to use this knowledge to achieve sustainable development.


Oxford University, Zoology, MA, 1990
University College London, Genetics, Ph.D., 1995
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Evolutionary Genetics, Research Fellow, 1995-1996
University of Hawaii, Genetics of Biological Invasions, Junior Researcher, 1996-1999
University of California Berkeley, Genetics of Biological Invasions, Researcher, 2000

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