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Scott Davies

Scott Davies

Scott.Davies@asu.edu

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874601
Tempe, AZ 85287-4601

Biography

Scott is a physiological ecologist investigating the effect of urban areas on the breeding cycles of birds. His work dovetails morphological, histological, and physiological approaches in both the field and the laboratory to better understand the proximate mechanisms underlying why urban bird populations consistently begin seasonal breeding earlier than their non-urban conspecifics.

Education

  • BS, University of Wales
  • MS, University of Wales

Journal Articles

2016

Davies, S., S. Lane, S. L. Meddle, K. Tsutsui and P. J. Deviche. 2016. The ecological and physiological bases of variation in the phenology of gonad growth in an urban and desert songbird. General and Comparative Endrocrinology 230-231(May):17-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.03.013. (link )

Davies, S., S. Noor, E. Carpenter and P. Deviche. 2016. Innate immunity and testosterone rapidly respond to acute stress, but is corticosterone at the helm?. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186(7):907-918. DOI: 10.1007/s00360-016-0996-y. (link )

2015

Davies, S., H. Behbahaninia, M. Giraudeau, S. L. Meddle, K. Waites and P. J. Deviche. 2015. Advanced seasonal reproductive development in a male urban bird is reflected in earlier plasma luteinizing hormone rise but not energetic status. General and Comparative Endocrinology 224(December):1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2015.05.005. (link )

Davies, S., T. Cros, D. Richard, S. L. Meddle, K. Tsutsui and P. Deviche. 2015. Food availability, energetic constraints and reproductive development in a wild seasonally breeding songbird. Functional Ecology 29(11):1421-1434. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12448. (link )

Davies, S. and P. Deviche. 2015. Regulation of feeding behavior and plasma testosterone in response to central neuropeptide Y administration in a songbird. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 332A:478-486. DOI: 10.1002/jez.1943. (link )

Davies, S., S. Gao, S. Valle, S. Bittner, P. Hutton, S. L. Meddle and P. Deviche. 2015. Negative energy balance in a male songbird, the Abert's towhee, constrains the testicular endocrine response to luteinizing hormone stimulation. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:2685-2693. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.123042. (link )

2014

Davies, S. and P. J. Deviche. 2014. At the crossroads of physiology and ecology: Food supply and the timing of avian reproduction. Hormones and Behavior 66(1):41-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.04.003. (link )

2013

Davies, S., N. S. Rodriguez, K. L. Sweazea and P. J. Deviche. 2013. The effect of acute stress and long-term corticosteroid administration on plasma metabolites in an urban and desert songbird. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86(1):47-60. (link )

2012

Deviche, P. J., S. Gao, S. Davies, P. J. Sharp and A. Dawson. 2012. Rapid stress-induced inhibition of plasma testosterone in free-ranging male rufous-winged sparrows, Peucaea capalis: Characterization, time course, and recovery. General and Comparative Endrocrinology 177(1):1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2012.02.022. (link )

Deviche, P. J., P. J. Sharp, A. Dawson, J. L. Sabo, B. H. Fokidis, S. Davies and L. Hurley. 2012. Up to the challenge? Hormonal and behavioral responses of free-ranging male Cassin's Sparrows, Peucaea cassinii, to conspecific song playback. Hormones and Behavior 61(5):741-749. DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.03.012. (link )

1997

Davies, S., J. Mazurek, K. McCarthy and N. Darnall. 1997. Voluntary incentives are no shortcut to pollution abatement. Resources 126:18.

1996

Davies, S. and N. Darnall. 1996. Getting the city on the hill to shine. Resources 125:10-13.

Book Chapters

2013

Deviche, P. J. and S. Davies. 2013. Reproductive phenology of urban birds: Environmental cues and mechanisms. Pp. 98-115 In: Gill, D. and H. Brumm eds., Avian Urban Ecology: Behavioral and Physiological Adaptations. Oxford University Press.

Posters

2015

Kouteib, S., S. Davies and P. J. Deviche. 2015. Adjusting to urban life: Endocrine and immune responses of a songbird to acute stress. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2014

Davies, S. and P. J. Deviche. 2014. Breeding in an urbanizing world: Reproductive adjustments of seasonally breeding birds to urban areas. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2013

Davies, S. and P. J. Deviche. 2013. Advanced reproductive phenology of an urban bird is not mirrored in the underlying reproductive physiology. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Lane, S., P. J. Deviche and S. Davies. 2013. City sounds: The effects of urbanization on bird song. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2012

Davies, S. and P. J. Deviche. 2012. Effects of food availability on the reproductive physiology of a Sonoran Desert songbird. Poster presented at the5-9 June 2012 International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology, Gifu, Japan.

Davies, S., K. Heller, K. Waites and P. J. Deviche. 2012. Urbanization and food availability advance the reproductive phenology of a Sonoran Desert songbird. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2011

Davies, S. and P. J. Deviche. 2011. Does urbanization influence the timing of seasonal reproduction and the effect of stress on the reproductive physiology of a Sonoran Desert songbird?. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link )

2010

Davies, S., A. Rodriguez, K. L. Sweazea and P. J. Deviche. 2010. The influence of acute stress on glucose and protein utiliization of a desert songbird. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability.

Presentations

2013

Davies, S. and P. J. Deviche. 2013. The effect of food availability on the seasonal reproductive development of birds. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 3-7 January 2013, San Francisco, CA.

2010

Davies, S., A. Rodriguez, K. L. Sweazea and P. J. Deviche. 2010. The influence of acute stress on glucose and protein utilization of a desert songbird. Brazil. Presentation at the International Ornithological Congress.

Davies, S., K. L. Sweazea and P. J. Deviche. 2010. The influence of acute and chronic stress on plasma glucose of a desert songbird. Presentation at the Annual Conference of The Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology.

Thesis (PhD)

2014

Davies, S. 2014. Investigating the influence of food on reproductive physiology and gonad growth: Urbanization as a natural experimentt. PhD. Arizona State University. (link )