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Mr Christopher J Davis FLS

Postgraduate Student
Mr Christopher J Davis, FLS
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333934


Christopher joined the lab in 2016, after completing his undergraduate degrees in Genetics and German at Arizona State University. He previously worked at the Natural History Museum in London, and at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

Research Interests

Christopher is interested in floral morphology and development, evolutionary genetics, hybridisation, polyploidy and speciation in flowering plants.

His project investigates conservation genetics of the pink-flowered Potentilla porphyrantha (Rosaceae), an endangered species in Armenia.

Other Professional Activities

Phytotaxa: Specialist Editor for Malvaceae


Key Publications

Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, C.J.S. Davis, and R. Lindley. 2015. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 16. Eudicots: Malpighiaceae to Moraceae. Phytoneuron, 2015-60: 1–54.

Davis, C.J.S. 2010. Malva aethiopica, a new name for Lavatera abyssinica (Malvaceae): an endemic species of the Ethiopian Highlands. Phytotaxa13(1), 56-58.


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Potentilla porphyrantha from Amulsar Mountain

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P. argaea, also from Amulsar Mountain

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