School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Davey

Research Associate


Current position and focus:

I am a Research Associate within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, funded by The Levehulme Trust. My current research focus is on the 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 then completed a Masters degree in Marine Biodiversity with Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland in 2011. I then worked within the NIEA for a year before immigrating to Australia in 2012.

In Australia, I completed my PhD in Plant Biology and Genomics between 2013 - 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. Upon waiting my conferral I worked as an Environmental Consultant. After graduating from my PhD I joined the Seagrass Ecology Group of TropWATER, James Cook University in Cairns for a one year post-doctoral position. My research focussed on seagrass meadow dynamics and associated mega-herbivore ecology.

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.
  • Metagenomics workshop, Sydney, Australia.
  • R statistics course for Bioinformaticians - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.
  • High-throughput sequencing practical course - EBI, Hinxton, UK.
  • Software carpentry course, Python and Github - Queensland University, Australia.
  • Chlorophyll PAM Fluorometry Course - University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
  • iSPR and IR-spectroscopy imaging – University of Linköping, Sweden.
  • Bioinformatics self-development (spare time).

My Google Scholar profile


Supervision of various undergraduate and post-graduate research projects.