School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Davey

Research Associate


I am a Research Associate within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. My current research is focussed on biofouling and researching molecular mechanisms which regulate and control bioadhesion in the brown anemone, Aiptasia pallida.

I graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne University with a BSc Honours in Biology in 2010, an MSc in Marine Biodiversity with Biotechnology from Heriot-Watt in 2011. Between 2012 and 2018 I lived in Australia, completing my PhD in Plant Biology and Genomics in 2017 at the University of Technology, Sydney in conjunction with industry partner, CSIRO, Australia. I investigated 'low-light' stress in the seagrass species, Zostera muelleri using high-throughput sequencing approaches, molecular Biology and bioinformatics.

After completing my PhD I joined the Seagrass Ecology Group of TropWATER, James Cook University in Cairns for a one year post-doctoral position focussed on seagrass meadow dynamics and ecology. Throughout my career I have worked for government and environmental consultancy firms within the UK and Australia.

Research interests:

  • Bioinformatics and molecular biology
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Invertebrate and cnidarian biology
  • Plant biology and plant-stress responses


  • UNIX workshop - Intersect, Sydney, Australia.
  • Advanced transcriptomics workshop - NZGL, New Zealand.
  • R statistics course for Bioinformaticians - EMBL Heidelberg.
  • High-throughput sequencing practical course - EBI, Hinxton.
  • Software carpentry course, Python and Github - Queensland University.
  • Chlorophyll PAM Fluorometry Course - University of Technology Sydney.
  • Bioinformatics self-development (spare time).

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