Dr Katrina Davis

Associate Professor in Conservation Biology, Department of Biology


Dr Katrina Davis' recent and on-going research interfaces ecology, conservation biology, and economics to assess how social-ecological interactions affect conservation outcomes and human welfare.

Her research group (Marine Conservation Ecology and Management) combines data collected from fieldwork with quantitative tools, including population projection models, optimization, and discrete choice experiments and analytical methods, to address research questions in the following research themes:

  • Population projections under diverse management and environmental states
  • Fisheries-marine mammal interactions
  • Spatially optimal marine management
  • Evaluating and analysing social preferences for environmental management


  • Marine conservation biology
  • Seals and other marine mammals – population dynamics and interactions with fisheries
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Marine protected areas
  • Marine human wildlife conflict
  • Public values for the environment

Media experience

Dr Katrina Davis has media experience in print and broadcast including pre-recorded radio interviews and news coverage of research such as the coverage of research into saltmarsh regeneration in North Devon, which featured in BBC Farming Today and BBC News. Dr Davis also has experience contributing editorial such as this piece for The Conversation on Grey Seals.


English (native), Spanish (fluent), French (intermediate)