E. Christine Davis

Senior Lecturer – Undergraduate Coordinator

Ph.D. Botany, Duke University, 2005

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Research Interests

I am interested in botanical diversity of all kinds. My research has centered upon phylogenetics of the liverworts (Marchantiophyta) and their fungal endophytes. Currently, I focus upon teaching, and strive to foster appreciation and understanding of plant form, function, and systematics in the classroom, in the field, and in students’ daily lives.

Representative Publications

  • Shaw, B., B. Crandall-Stotler, J. Váňa, R.E. Stotler, M. von Konrat, J. J. Engel, E. C. Davis, D. G. Long, P. Sova, A. J. Shaw. 2015. Phylogenetic Relationships and Morphological Evolution in a Major Clade of Leafy Liverworts (Phylum Marchantiophyta, order Jungermanniales): suborder Jungermanniineae. Systematic Botany 40: 27-45.
  • Laenen B., B. Shaw, H. Schneider, B. Goffinet, E. Paradis, A. Désamoré, J. Heinrichs, J.C. Villarreal, R. Gradstein, S. McDaniel, D. Long, L. Forrest, M. Hollingsworth, B. Crandall-Stotler, E. C. Davis, J. Engel, M. Von Konrat, E. D. Cooper, J. Patiño, C. J., Cox, A.Vanderpoorten, A. J. Shaw. 2014. Extant diversity of bryophytes emerged from successive post-Mesozoic diversification bursts. Nature Communications 5: 5134.
  • U’Ren, J. M., Dalling, J. W., Gallery, R. E., Maddison, D. R., Davis, E. C., Gibson, C. M., and A. E. Arnold. 2009. Diversity and evolutionary origins of fungi associated with seeds of a neotropical pioneer tree: a case study for analyzing fungal environmental samples. Mycological Research 113: 432-439.
  • Liu, Y., Y. Jia, W. Wang, Z.-D. Chen, E. C. Davis and Y.-L. Qiu,. 2008. Phylogenetic Relationships of Two Endemic Genera Trichocoleopsis and Neotrichocolea (Hepaticae) from East Asia. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 95: 459–470.
  • Davis, E. C. and A. J. Shaw. 2008. Biogeographic and phylogenetic patterns in diversity of liverwort-associated endophytes. American Journal of Botany, 95: 914-924.
  • Pressel, S., Ligrone, R., Duckett, J., and E. C. Davis. 2008. A novel ascomycetous endophytic association in the rhizoids of the leafy liverwort family the Schistochilaceae (Jungermanniadae, Hepaticopsida). American Journal of Botany, 95: 531-541.
  • Hendry, T.A., B. Wang, Y. Yang, E. C. Davis, J. E. Braggins, R. M. Schuster, and Y.-L. Qiu. 2007. Evaluating phylogenetic positions of four liverworts from New Zealand, Neogrollea notabilis, Jackiella curvata, Goebelobryum unguiculatum and Herzogianthus vaginatus, using three chloroplast genes. The Bryologist 110: 738–751.
  • Forrest, L. L., E. C. Davis, D. G. Long, B. J. Crandall-Stotler, A. Clark, and M. L. Hollingsworth. 2006. Unraveling the evolutionary history of the liverworts (Marchantiophyta) – Multiple taxa, genomes, and analyses. The Bryologist 109(3): 303–334.
  • Davis, E. C. 2004. A molecular phylogeny of leafy liverworts (Jungermanniidae: Marchantiophyta). Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 98: 61-86.
  • Davis, E. C., J. B. Franklin, A. J. Shaw & R. Vilgalys. 2003. Endophytic Xylaria (Xylariaceae) among liverworts and angiosperms: phylogenetics, distribution, and symbiosis. American Journal of Botany 90: 1661-1667.
  • Davis, E. C. 2002. The Medical Garden. Second edition. Duke University Medical Center Library.
  • Fleming, E. Christine Davis. 1997. A preliminary bryophyte flora of San Felasco Hammock State Preserve with some range extensions for Florida. Evansia 14:74-79.