Andrew J. Davis

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Dr. Davis planting a new
rainforest tree at the Danum
Valley Field Centre in Borneo.
Photo by Jimmy Omar.


Andrew's research has focused on the use of dung-feeding beetles (Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae, Scarabaeinae; Geotrupidae; Hybosoridae) as indicators of environmental disturbance. Work has been centered on tropical forests in Malaysia, examining the community dynamics of dung-feeding beetles in primary and derived forest ecosystems. Interests include canopy communities where a new guild of arboreal dung beetles was found during work in northern Borneo, revealing a dung-rolling species of Onthophagus (see Davis et al. 1997). Taxonomic work has been carried out in conjunction with the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden (The Netherlands) and the Natural History Museum (London). A reference collection of all scarab material is kept in Leiden.

  Andrew J. Davis
Green College
Oxford University
Woodstock Road
Oxford OX2 6HG

TEL: +44 (0)1865 274770
FAX: +44 (0) 1865 274796

Davis, A.J. (1993) The ecology and behaviour of rainforest dung beetles in northern Borneo. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

Davis, A.J. (1998) Beetle abundance and diversity in the Maliau Basin, with special reference to the dung and carrion beetle fauna. In Maliau Basin Scientific Expedition 1996, M.Mohamed, W.Sinun, A. Anton, Mohd. Noh Dalimin & Abdul-Hamid Ahmad (eds), pp. 77-86. Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.

Davis, A.J. (1998) Dung beetle abundance and diversity in the Maliau Basin, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Malayan Nature Journal 52:181-191.

Davis, A.J. (1999) Perching behaviour in Bornean dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists' Bulletin 53(4):365-370.

Davis, A.J. (1999) Species packing in tropical forests: diel flight activity of rainforest dung-feeding beetles (Aphodiidae, Scarabaeidae, Hybosoridae: Coleoptera) in Borneo. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 47(2):473-486.

Davis, A.J. (2000) Does reduced-impact logging help preserve biodiversity in tropical rainforests? A case study from Borneo using dung beetles as indicators. Environmental Entomology 29(3): 467-475.

Davis, A.J. (2000) Species richness of dung-feeding beetles (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae. Scarabaeidae, Hybosoridae) in tropical rainforest at Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia. Coleopterists' Bulletin 54(2): 221-231.

Davis, A.J., Holloway, J.D., Huijbregts, J., Kirk-Spriggs, A.H., Krikken, J. & Sutton,
S.L. (2001) Dung beetles as indicators of change in the forests of northern Borneo. Journal of Applied Ecology 38: xx-xx (In press).

Davis, A.J. & Huijbregts, J. (2000) Apparent kleptoparasitic behaviour among Bornean rainforest dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists' Bulletin 54(1):88-89.

Davis, A.J., Huijbregts, J., Kirk-Spriggs, A.H., Krikken, J. & Sutton, S.L. (1997) The ecology and behaviour of arboreal dung beetles in Borneo. In Canopy Arthropods, N.E.Stork, J.Adis & R.Didham (eds), pp. 417-432. Chapman & Hall, London.

Davis, A.J., Huijbregts, J., & Krikken, J. (2000) The role of local and regional processes
in shaping dung beetle communities in tropical forest plantations in Borneo. Global Ecology and Biogeography 9: 281-292.

Davis, A.J. & Lantoh, S. (1996) Dung beetles collected from Rafflesia pricei Meijer at the Tambunan Reserve, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Malayan Nature Journal 50: 39-41.

Davis, A.J. & Sutton, S.L. (1997) A dung beetle that feeds on fig: implications for the measurement of species rarity. Journal of Tropical Ecology 13: 759-766.

Davis, A.J. & Sutton, S.L. (1998) The effects of rainforest canopy loss on arboreal dung beetles in Borneo: implications for the measurement of biodiversity in derived tropical ecosystems. Diversity and Distributions 4: 167-173.

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