17 March 2021
My role at Kew is Senior Research Leader of Crops and Global Change. Our team is dedicated to the identification and understanding of the beneficial traits of crops and associated organisms, particularly within the context of environmental stress resilience and climate change.
My research background is in taxonomy and systematics. I now focus on climate change resilience, sustainability, and crop development, with an emphasis on the application of underutilized plant diversity. I mainly work on coffee (Coffea) with a regional focus on tropical Africa and Madagascar.
- BSc (Hons), University of Reading, 1990
- PhD, University of Reading, 1994
- Technical Advisory Committee member for World Coffee Research (WCR)
Schuit, P., Moat, J., Gole, T. W., Challa, Z. K., Torz, J., Macatonia, S., Cruz, G. & Davis, A. P. (2021)
The potential for income improvement and biodiversity conservation via specialty coffee in Ethiopia.
PeerJ 9: e10621.
Davis, A. P., Gargiula, R., Fay, M. F., Sarmu, D. & Haggar, J. (2020)
Lost and found: Coffea stenophylla and C. affinis, the forgotten coffee crop species of West Africa.
Frontiers in Plant Science 11.
Vega, F. E., Ziska, L., Simpkins, A., Infante F, Davis, A. P., Rivera, J. A., Barnaby, J. Y. & J, W. (2020)
Early growth phase and caffeine content response to recent and projected increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide in coffee (Coffea arabica and C. canephora).
Scientific Reports 10: 5875.
Davis, A. P., Chadburn, H., Moat, J., O’Sullivan, R., Hargreaves, S. & Nic Lughadha, E. (2019)
Science Advances 5: eaav3473.
Moat, J., Gole, T. W. & Davis, A. P. (2019)
Least Concern to Endangered: applying climate change projections profoundly influences the extinction risk assessment for wild Arabica coffee.
Global Change Biology 25: 390–403.
Davis, A. P., Wilkinson, T., Challa, Z. K., Williams, J., Baena, S., Gole, T. W. & Moat, J. (2018)
Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, T., Gole, T.W., Challa, Z.K., Demissew, S., & Davis, A.P. (2017).
Nature Plants 3: 17081.
Coffee natural capital for environmental and livelihood sustainability in Uganda
Assessment and utilization of Uganda’s wild coffee species for livelihood improvement, coffee sector sustainability, and environmental protection.
Building a climate resilient coffee economy for Ethiopia
Providing a climate-resilient strategy for coffee production in Ethiopia.
Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and climate resilience at Yayu Biosphere Reserve (Ethiopia)
Preserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods through the development of high quality coffee and climate resilient farming practices.
Modelling and genomics resources to enhance exploitation of the sustainable and diverse Ethiopian starch crop Enset and support livelihoods
Towards developing a resilient Ethiopian crop into a key resource for the future in both its home country and the rest of Africa.