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Aichelman HA, Bove CB, Castillo KD, Boulton JM, Knowlton AC, Nieves OC, Ries JB and SW Davies. Exposure duration modulates the response of Caribbean corals to global change stressors. In press at Limnology and Oceanography LO-20-0398.

Strader M, Aichelman HA, Tramonte CA, Dickerson HEW, Benson BE, Howe-Kerr LI, Hickerson EL and Davies SW. Expanding coral reproductive knowledge using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV): broadcast spawning observations of mesophotic corals at the Flower Garden Banks. In press at Marine Biodiversity MARB-S-20-00379.

Shore AN, JA Sims, M Grimes, LI Howe-Kerr, CGB Grupstra, SM Doyle, L Stadler, J Sylvan, K Shamberger, SW Davies, LZ Santiago-Vázquez and AMS Correa. On a reef far, far away: Anthropogenic impacts following extreme storms affect sponge health and bacterial communities. Frontiers in Marine Science 8: 608036. pdf

Fulweiler RW¶, Davies SW¶, Biddle JF, Burgin AJ, Cooperdock EHG, Hanley TC, Kenkel CD, Marcarelli AM, Matassa CM, Mayo TL, Santiago-Vazquez LZ, Traylor-Knowles N and M Ziegler. Rebuild the Academy: Supporting academic mothers during COVID-19 and beyond. PlosBiology 19(3): e3001100. pdf
¶Fulweiler and Davies contributed equally to this work
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Rivera HE, Aichelman HA, Fifer JE, Kriefall NG, Wuitchik DM, Wuitchik SJS and SW Davies. A framework for understanding gene expression plasticity and its influence on stress tolerance. Molecular Ecology 30(6):1381-1397. pdf


Davies SW, Mooreland KN, Wham D, Kanke M and MV Matz. (2020) Cladocopium community divergence in two Acropora coral hosts across multiple spatial scales. Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.15668. pdf

Rodas A, Wright RD, Buie L, Aichelman H, Castillo KD and Davies SW. (2020) Eukaryotic plankton communities across reef environments in Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama. Coral Reefs pdf

Speare L, Davies SW, Balmonte JP, Baumann J and KD Castillo. Patterns of environmental variability influence coral‐associated bacterial and algal communities on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.15497. pdf


Rippe JP, Kriefall NG, Davies SW, and Castillo KD. 2019. Differential disease incidence and mortality of inner and outer reef corals of the upper Florida Keys in association with a white syndrome outbreak. Bulletin of Marine Science95(2), 305-316. pdf

Ali A, Kriefall NG, Emery LE, Kenkel CD, Matz MV, and Davies SW. 2019. Recruit symbiosis establishment and Symbiodiniaceae composition influenced by adult corals and reef sediment. Coral Reefs38(3), 405-415. pdf

Bove CB, Ries JB, Davies SW, Westfield IT, Umbanhowar J, and Castillo KD. 2019. Common Caribbean corals exhibit highly variable responses to future acidification and warming. Proceedings of the Royal Society B286(1900), 20182840. pdf

Baums IB, Baker AC, Davies SW, Grottoli AG, Kenkel CD, Kitchen SA, Kuffner IB, LaJeunesse TC, Matz MV, Miller MW, Parkinson JE, and Shantz AA. 2019. Considerations for maximizing the adaptive potential of restored coral populations in the western Atlantic. Ecological Applications29(8), e01978. pdf

Awarded Coral Reef Hero 2020 status from Environment, Coastal and Offshore (ECO) magazine for making significant contributions to the field

Wright RM, Correa AMS, Quigley LA, Santiago-Vázquez LZ, Shamberger KEF, and Davies SW. 2019 Gene Expression of Endangered Coral (Orbicella spp.) in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary After Hurricane Harvey. Frontier Marine Science, 6:672. pdf

Parkinson JE, Baker AC, Baums IB, Davies SW, Grottoli AG, Kitchen SA, Matz MV, Miller MW, Shantz AA, and Kenkel CD. 2019. Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: beyond biomarker discovery. Conservation Letters, e12687. journal cover. pdf
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Kriefall NG, Pechenik JA, Pires A, and SW Davies. 2018. Resilience of Atlantic Slippersnail Crepidula fornicata larvae in the face of severe coastal acidification. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5:312. pdf

Rippe JP, Baumann JH, De Leener DN, Aichelman HE, Friedlander EB, Davies SW, and KD Castillo. 2018. Corals sustain growth but not skeletal density across the Florida Keys reef tract despite ongoing warming. Global Change Biology. pdf

Maytin AK, Davies SW, Smith GE, Mullen SP, and PM Buston. 2018. De novo transcriptome assembly of the clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula): a new resource to study the evolution of fish color. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5:284. pdf

Davies SW, Ries JB, Marchetti A, and Castillo KD. 2018. Symbiodinium functional diversity in the coral Siderastrea siderea is influenced by thermal stress and reef environment, but not ocean acidification. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5:150. pdf

Baumann JH, Davies SW, Aichelman HE, and KD Castillo. 2018. Coral Symbiodinium community composition across the Belize Mesoanerican Barrier Reef System is influenced by host species and thermal variability. Microbial Ecology, 1-13. pdf

Moreno CM, Lin Y, Davies SW, Monbureau E, Cassar N, and A Marchetti. 2018. Examination of gene repertoires and physiological responses to iron and light limitation in Southern Ocean diatoms. Polar Biology. pdf


Rippe JP, Matz MV, Green EA, Medina M, Khawaja NZ, Pongwarin T, Pinzon C JH, Castillo KD, and SW Davies. 2017. Population structure and connectivity of the mountainous star coral, Orbicella faveolata, throughout the wider Caribbean region. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 9234-9246. pdf

Pollock FJ, Katz SM, van de Water JAJM, Davies SW, Hein M, Torda G, Matz MV, Beltran VH, Buerger P, Puill-Stephan E, Abrego D, Bourne DG,  and BL Willis. 2017. Coral larvae for restoration and research: a large-scale method for rearing Acropora millepora larvae, inducing settlement, and establishing symbiosisPeerJ, 5:e3732. pdf

Davies SW, Strader ME, Kool JT, Kenkel CD and MV Matz. Modeled differences of coral life-history traits influence the refugium potential of a remote Caribbean reef. Coral Reefs, 36: 913. pdf


Davies SW, Marchetti A, Ries, JB and KD Castillo. 2016. Thermal and pCO2 stress elicit divergent transcriptomic responses in a resilient coral. Frontiers in Marine Science. FMARS-03-00112. pdf

Baumann JH, Townsend JE, Courtney TA, Aichelman HE, Davies SW, et al. 2016. Temperature Regimes Impact Coral Assemblages along Environmental Gradients on Lagoonal Reefs in Belize. PLoS ONE, 11(9): e0162098. pdf

Aichelman HE, Townsend JE, Courtney TA, Baumann JH, Davies SW and KD Castillo. 2016. Heterotrophy mitigates the response of the temperate coral Oculina arbuscula to temperature stress. Ecology and Evolution, 6: 6758–6769. doi:10.1002/ece3.2399. pdf

Advani NK, Kenkel CD, Davies SW, Parmesan C, Singer MC, and MV Matz. 2016. Variation in heat shock protein expression at the latitudinal range limits of a widely-distributed species, the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia). Physiological Entomology, 41: 241–248. pdf

Cros A, Toonen RJ, Davies SW, and SA Karl. 2016. Population genetic structure between Yap and Palau for the coral Acropora hyacinthusPeerJ, 4:e2330. pdf


Dixon G, Davies SW, Aglyamova GA, Meyer E, Bay LK and MV Matz. 2015. Genomic determinants of coral heat tolerance across latitudes. Science, 348:6242 1460-1462. pdf

Davies SW, Scarpino SV, Pongwarin T, Scott J and MV Matz. 2015. Estimating trait heritability in highly fecund species. G3 Genes Genomes Genetics, g3.115.020701. pdf
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Davies SW, Treml E, Kenkel CD and MV Matz. 2015. Exploring the role of Micronesian islands in the maintenance of coral genetic diversity in the Pacific Ocean. Molecular Ecology, 24: 70-82. pdf

Strader ME, Davies SW and MV Matz. 2015. Differential responses of coral larvae to the colour of ambient light guide them to suitable settlement microhabitat. Royal Society Open Science2:150358. pdf


Davies SW, Meyer E, Guermond S and MV Matz. 2014. A cross-ocean comparison of settlement cue specificity in reef-building corals. PeerJ, 2:e333. pdf

Green E, Davies SW, Matz MV and M Medina. 2014. Quantifying cryptic Symbiodinium diversity within Orbicella faveolata and Orbicella franksi at the Flower Garden Banks, Gulf of Mexico. PeerJ2: e386. pdf

Quigley KM, Davies SW, Kenkel CD, Willis BL, Matz MV and LK Bay. 2014. Deep-sequencing method for quantifying background abundances of Symbiodinium types: exploring the rare Symbiodiniumbiosphere in reef-building corals. PLoS ONE, 9(4): e94927. pdf

2013 and earlier

Davies SW, Matz MV and PD Vize. 2013. Ecological complexity of coral recruitment processes: Effect of herbivores on coral recruitment and growth depends upon substrate properties and coral species. PLoS ONE, 8(9): e72830. pdf

Davies SW, Rahman M, Meyer E, Green EA, Buschizzo M, Medina M and MV Matz. 2013. Novel polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered Caribbean star coral, Montastrea faveolata. Marine Biodiversity, 43(2): 167-172. pdf

Kenkel C, Goodbody-Gringley G, Caillaud D, Davies SW, Bartels E and MV Matz. 2013. Evidence for a host role in thermotolerance divergence between populations of the mustard hill coral (Porites astreoides) from different reef environments. Molecular Ecology, 22(16): 4335-48. pdf

Meyer E, Davies SW, Wang S, Willis BL, Abrego D, Juenger T and MV Matz. 2009. Genetic variation in responses to settlement cue and elevated temperature in a reef-building coral Acropora millepora. Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS), 392: 81-92. pdf

Davies SW and PD Vize. 2008. Effects of herbivore grazing on juvenile coral growth in the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, 23: 1220-1222. pdf

Vize PD, Hilton JD, Brady AK and SW Davies. 2008. Light sensing and the coordination of coral broadcast spawning behavior. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, 11:385-388. pdf

Davies SW, Griffiths A and TE Reimchen. 2006. Pacific Hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii, Spotted Ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei, and scavenger activity on tethered carrion in subtidal benthic communities off Western Vancouver Island. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 120(3): 363–366.2 pdf