Steve Davis

Gerstner Scholar and Kalbfleisch post-doctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History
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Advisor: Michael Engel
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, systematics, fossil weevils, and evolutionary development
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Publications:

  • Davis, S. R., Engel, M. S., Legalov, A., and Ren, D. In press. Weevils of the Yixian Formation, China (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): Phylogenetic considerations and comparison with other Mesozoic faunas. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
  • Davis, S. R. 2011. Rostrum structure and development in the rice weevil Sitophilus oryzae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea: Dryophthoridae). Arthropod Structure & Development 40: 549-558.
  • Davis. S. R. 2011. Delimiting baridine weevil evolution (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society  161(1): 88-156.
  • Davis, S. R., Engel, M. S., and Ren, D. 2010. A pupal caddisfly from the Early Cretaceous of China (Trichoptera). Cretaceous Research 31: 1-4.
  • Davis, S. R. and Engel, M. S. 2010. Antiquity and evolution of prosternal horns in baridine weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Paleontology 84(5): 918-926.
  • Omar, Y. M., Zhang, R., and Davis, S. R. 2010. Description of a new species of Pentarthrum Wollaston (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Cossoninae) from China with an annotated checklist to species of the world. Zootaxa 2629: 47-60.
  • Davis, S. R. and Davis, D. R. 2009. Neotropical Tineidae VIII: Falsivalva, a new genus of Tineidae from Austral South America with extreme modification of the male post-abdominal    terga (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea).  Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111 (2): 378-392.
  • Davis. S. R. 2009. Morphology of Baridinae and related groups (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Zookeys 10: 1-136.
  • Davis, S. R. and Engel, M. S. 2009. An Orthognathine weevil of the genus Mesocordylus in Dominican Amber (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea: Dryophthoridae). Beiträge zur Entomologie 59: 233-238.
  • Davis, S., Gentili-Poole, P., and Mitter, C. 2008. A revision of the Cossulinae of Costa Rica and cladistic analysis of the world species (Lepidoptera: Cossidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 222-277.
  • Davis, S.R. and Engel, M.S. 2007. A new ambrosia beetle in Miocene amber of the Dominican Republic (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Platypodinae). Alavesia 1: 121-124.
  • Davis, S.R. 2007. Wing locking mechanisms in the weevil subfamily Baridine (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Entomological Research 37(suppl. 1): A103.
  • Omar, Y.M., Zhang, R., and Davis, S.R. 2007. On the genus Stereoborus Wollaston (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Cossoninae) with description of a new species from China. The Coleopterist's Bulletin 61(2): 200-207.

Presentations:

  • Davis, S.R. 2011. The weevil rostrum (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): internal structure and evolutionary trends. Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Reno, Nevada. 21 November. Oral paper.
  • Davis, S.R. 2011. Evolution of the weevil rostrum (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): internal structure and evolutionary trends. Evolution meetings, Norman, Oklahoma. 20 June. Poster presentation.
  • Davis, S.R. and Engel, M.S. 2010. Early evolution of the weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): evidence from the Yixian Formation, China, and the Karatau site, Kazakhstan. Entomological Society of America annual meeting, San Diego, California. 13 December. Oral paper.
  • Davis, S.R., Engel, M.S., Legalov, A., and Ren, D. 2010. Weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) of the Yixian Formation, China. 5th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods, and Amber (Fossils X3), Beijing, China. 23 August. Poster presentation.
  • Davis, S.R. 2010. Preliminary studies on rostrum development in the rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Graduate Student Research Competition, University of Kansas. 31 March. Poster presentation.
  • Davis, S.R. 2009. Preliminary studies on rostrum development in the rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana. December. (Poster)
  • Davis, S.R. and Yoshitake, H. 2009. Phylogenetic study of the weevil subfamily Ceutorhynchinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) based on morphology. Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana. December. (Poster)
  • Davis, S.R. 2009. Evolution of baridine weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. 9 June. Invited oral paper.
  • Davis, S.R. 2008. Evolution of horny weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Reno, Nevada. 17 November. Oral paper.
  • Davis, S.R. 2007. Phylogeny of Baridinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America; San Diego, CA, December.
  • Davis, S.R. 2007. Wing locking mechanisms in the weevil subfamily Baridinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA, December. (Poster)
  • Davis, S.R. 2007. Weevil diversity in Miocene Dominican amber: A preliminary overview (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); Annual meeting of the Central States Entomological Society, Emporia, KS, April.

Awards:

  • EEB Travel Award, 2011
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, "Evolution of the weevils and development of the weevil rostrum (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea", 2011-2013 ($14,824).
  • Foreign Language Area Scholarship (Japanese), 2010-2011
  • Foreign Language Area Scholarship (Japanese), 2009-2010
  • NSF East Asia-Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship, 2009
  • EEB Travel Award, 2009.
  • KU Entomology Endowment Travel Grant, 2009
  • NSF East Asia-Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship, 2008
  • Foreign Language Area Scholarship, 2007–08
  • Foreign Language Area Scholarship (Chinese), 2007-2008
  • NSF East Asia-Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship, 2006

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