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Steve R. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Associate
American Museum of Natural History
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
200 Central Park West at 79th St.
New York City, NY 10024-5192

Research Interests
  • Morphological and molecular systematics of extinct and extant weevils (Curculionoidea) and some Lepidoptera
  • Comparative insect anatomy, embryology, histology, and evolutionary developmental biology
  • Development and evolution of the weevil rostrum

Selected Publications

Herhold, H.W., Davis, S.R., and Grimaldi, D.A. 2020. Transcriptomes reveal expression of hemoglobins throughout insects and other Hexapoda. PLOS ONE 15 (6): e0234272.

Davis, S.R. 2017. The weevil rostrum (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): internal structure and evolutionary trends. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 416, 76 pp.

Davis, S.R., Engel, M.S., Legalov, A., and Ren, D. 2013. Weevils of the Yixian Formation, China (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): Phylogenetic considerations and comparison with other Mesozoic faunas. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 11 (4): 399-429.

Engel, M.S., Davis, S.R., and Prokop, J. 2013. Chapter 12: Insect wings: the evolutionary development of Nature's first flyers. In: Minelli, A., Boxshall, G., and Fusco, G. (Eds.). Arthropod biology and evolution: molecules, development, morphology. Pp. 269-298.

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: 88-156.

Davis. S.R. 2009. Morphology of Baridinae and related groups (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). ZooKeys 10: 1-136.

Davis, S.R., 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. In review. Developmental genetics in a complex adaptive structure, the weevil rostrum. Evolution and Development. bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/287185.


Steve R. Davis
Steve R. Davis

Branham Lab, Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of Florida, P.O. Box 110620, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
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