Nick Davis

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Ph.D. Student
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Research Interests

My research focuses on adaptations that facilitate host-switching in plant associated insects. In particular, I am interested in characterizing the interaction between insect traits, competition, and host traits using phylogenetic comparative methods. My study system consists of many New World fig species (Ficus, Moraceae) and their associated pollinating and non-pollinating fig wasps (Chalcidoidea). Improving our understanding of how various adaptations allow insects to develop novel host relationships and co-evolve has significant relevance for understanding the origins of biodiversity, as well as for agricultural pest management.

Publications

Davis, N. G., D. D. Houston, and J. D. Nason. (2015). Transcriptome facilitated development of SNPs for the Sonoran Desert rock fig, Ficus petiolaris (Gunneridae: Moraceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 3(7):1500028.

Area of Expertise: 
Evolutionary Biology
Entomology
Plant-Insect Interactions
Major: 
Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Contact
251 Bessey Hall
Ames
Iowa
50011-4009