Andrew David was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Queens, New York. It was on the island of Trinidad that he developed his passion for marine biology and in New York City, where he developed his passion for jazz and city lights. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree in Queens and Long Island respectively then spent four years in southern Africa as a PhD student in the winelands of Stellenbosch. His research interests are broad and spans the entire field of Biology from the molecular to the ecological level, and so he is comfortable teaching the entire freshman sequence of Ecology & Evolution and Cell & Molecular Biology. He also co-ordinates the freshman Biology recitation program. His interests include science fiction, death metal & 90s hip hop (and jazz too of course!) along with rugby and powerlifting.
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Hofstra University, New York
St. Johns University, New York
Dr. David is interested in understanding the dispersal and range expansion of aquatic invasive species. Anthropogenic disturbances such as introductory events and climate change are expected to significantly alter species ranges on a global scale and developing methods to predict these changes are crucial for the conservation of aquatic biodiversity. His research involves designing culture methods for rearing non-model organisms (specifically obligate symbiotic polychaetes) and investigating the effects of changing temperature and salinity regimes on their development. Furthermore, his research uses population genetics to quantify larval connectivity and gene-flow among spatially separated populations. This method is often used to detect evolutionary significant units, which are the targets of many conservation programs. His most recent research involves developing an integrated approach that combines genetic studies with high resolution particle tracking models to predict the spread of invasive species. This method is a much more powerful measure of estimating connectivity as it can distinguish human-mediated movement from ‘natural’ movement and therefore acts as a control for anthropogenic influences. This study is an ongoing collaborative effort with researchers from both South Africa and the United Kingdom
David A.A., *Lewis A., *Yhann A., *Zhou H., *Verra S. (in press) DNA barcoding of the banded mystery snail, Viviparus georgianus (Gastropoda: Viviparidae) in the Adirondacks with quantification of trematode prevalence in the species. American Malacological Bulletin
David A.A., Loveday B.R. (2017). The role of cryptic dispersal in shaping connectivity patterns of marine populations in a changing world. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315417000236
David A.A. (2017) A student-centered approach for teaching undergraduate Parasitology. Trends in Parasitology 33: 420 – 422.
David A.A., Matthee C.A., Loveday B.R., Simon C.A. (2016). Predicting the dispersal potential of an invasive polychaete pest along a complex coastal biome. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 600 – 610.
David A.A., Williams, J.D. (2016) The influence of hypo-osmotic stress on the regenerative capacity of the invasive polychaete, Marenzelleria viridis (Annelida: Spionidae) from its native range. Marine Ecology 37: 821-830
David A.A., Simon C.A. (2014) The effect of temperature on larval development of two non-indigenous poecilogonous polychaetes (Annelida: Spionidae) with implications for life history, establishment and range expansion. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 461: 20-30.
David A.A., Matthee C.A., Simon C.A. (2014) Poecilogony in Polydora hoplura (Polycheata: Spionidae) from commercially important molluscs in South Africa. Marine Biology 161: 887-898.
David A.A., Williams J.D. (2012). Morphology and natural history of the cryptogenic sponge associate, Polydora colonia (Polychaeta: Spionidae). Journal of Natural History 46: 1509-1528.
David A.A., Williams J.D. (2012). Asexual reproduction and anterior regeneration under high and low temperatures in the sponge associate Polydora colonia (Polychaeta: Spionidae). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 56: 315-324.
*denotes undergraduate co-authors