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Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis

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Stuart Professor of Science Communication

Email lloyd.davis@otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 7654

Lloyd is an internationally recognized scientist, as well as an award-winning author and filmmaker. Currently the inaugural Stuart Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago, he has authored 150 refereed publications on topics ranging from behavioural ecology to science communication and science diplomacy. He is regarded as a world authority on penguins and academic honours bestowed upon him have included a Fulbright Fellowship, an Anzac Fellowship and a Prince and Princess of Wales Science Award. Find out more about penguins and Lloyd’s science at www.penguinworld.com

However, he is also an award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker. His book Penguin: a season in the life of the Adelie penguin won the PEN Best First Book Award for Nonfiction. The Plight of the Penguin won the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award. For Looking for Darwin, he was awarded a CLL Writer's Award and Runner Up as the New Zealand Travel Book of the Year. Find out more about Lloyd’s writing at www.lloydspencerdavis.com

Lloyd made his first documentary in 1985, with the then precursor to NHNZ, as Director and Scriptwriter for Eating like a Gannet. He was Producer/Director for Under Galapagos and Director for Meet the Real Penguins, a film that has won 12 major international awards. His latest film, The Guardian of Kinabalu, for which he was co-Producer/Director, is about Kinabalu Park in Borneo. Find out more about Lloyd’s filmmaking at www.naturesvoices.com/filmmaking

Current Teaching

Research Interests

  • Science Diplomacy
  • Frameworks for Science Communication
  • The Science of Wine
  • Communicating Science about National Parks
  • Communicating Science in Online Videos
  • Using Mobile Filmmaking to Increase Engagement with Science
  • Features of Website Design that Influence the Communication of Science
  • Penguins

Potential Postgraduate Projects

  • I am interested in supervising projects that deal with any of my research interests.

Current PhD Students

  • Kaitlyn Martin – using mobile filmmaking to engage New Zealand school students in science
  • Lei Zhu – enhancing the communication of science in Chinese national parks
  • Susan Hamel – online teaching of science communication

Lloyd's research

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Publications

Zhu, L., Davis, L. S., & Carr, A. (2021). Visualising natural attractions within national parks: Preferences of tourists for photographs with different visual characteristics. PLoS ONE, 16(6), e0252661. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252661

Finkler, W., Medvecky, F., & Davis, L. S. (2021). Environmental immersion and mobile filmmaking for science education: A New Zealand pilot study. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental & Science Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.29333/ijese/ 9155

Zhu, L., Davis, L. S., & Carr, A. (2021). A picture is not always worth a thousand words: The visual quality of photographs affects the effectiveness of interpretive signage for science communication. Public Understanding of Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0963662520982535

Martin, K. M., Davis, L. S., & Sandretto, S. (2020). Engagement with science across the middle years in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40841-020-00185-x

Davis, L. S., León, B., Bourk, M. J., & Finkler, W. (2020). Transformation of the media landscape: Infotainment versus expository narrations for communicating science in online videos. Public Understanding of Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0963662520945136

Davis, L. S. (2009). Penguins of New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: New Holland, 63p.

Authored Book - Research

Babirat, C., & Davis, L. S. (2008). The business of documentary filmmaking: A practical guide for emerging New Zealand filmmakers. Dunedin, New Zealand: Longacre Press, 184p.

Authored Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2007). Looking for Darwin. Dunedin, New Zealand: Longacre Press, 280p.

Authored Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2007). Smithsonian Q & A: Penguins. Harper Collins, 218p.

Authored Book - Research

Davis, L. S., & Renner, M. (2003). Penguins. London: T & A D Poyser, 201p.

Authored Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2001). The Plight of the Penguin. Dunedin: Longacre Press, 112p.

Authored Book - Research

Davis, L. S., & Patman, R. G. (Eds.). (2015). Science diplomacy: New day or false dawn? Singapore: World Scientific, 278p.

Edited Book - Research

Bourk, M., León, B., & Davis, L. S. (2018). Entertainment in science: Useful in small doses. In B. León & M. Bourk (Eds.), Communicating science and technology through online video: Researching a new media phenomenon. (pp. 90-106). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351054584

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S., & León, B. (2018). New and old narratives: Changing narratives of science documentary in the digital environment. In B. León & M. Bourk (Eds.), Communicating science and technology through online video: Researching a new media phenomenon. (pp. 55-63). Abindgon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351054584

Chapter in Book - Research

Patman, R. G., & Davis, L. S. (2017). The advent of science diplomacy. In A. Dinar, R. A. Matthew, C. Harron, K. Goodrich, B. Maharramli & E. Nizkorodov (Eds.), The World Scientific reference on natural resources and environmental policy in the era of global change: The social ecology of the Anthropocene: Continuity and change in global environmental politics (Vol. 2). (pp. 81-98). Singapore: World Scientific. doi: 10.1142/9789813208162_0004

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S., & Patman, R. G. (2015). New day or false dawn? In L. S. Davis & R. G. Patman (Eds.), Science diplomacy: New day or false dawn? (pp. 261-275). Singapore: World Scientific. doi: 10.1142/9789814440073_0014

Chapter in Book - Research

Turekian, V. C., Macindoe, S., Copeland, D., Davis, L. S., Patman, R. G., & Pozza, M. (2015). The emergence of science diplomacy. In L. S. Davis & R. G. Patman (Eds.), Science diplomacy: New day or false dawn? (pp. 3-24). Singapore: World Scientific. doi: 10.1142/9789814440073_0001

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2014). Outreach activities by universities as a channel for science communication. In L. Tan Wee Hin & R. Subramaniam (Eds.), Communicating science to the public: Opportunities and challenges for the Asia-Pacific region. (pp. 161-181). Dordrecht: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9097-0_10

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2013). Erect-crested penguin (Eudyptes sclateri). In P. Garcia Borboroglu & P. D. Boersma (Eds.), Penguins: Natural history and conservation. (pp. 145-151). Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2010). Darwin's voyage on the Beagle. In D. Galloway & J. Timmins (Eds.), Aspects of Darwin: A New Zealand celebration. (pp. 36-44). Dunedin, New Zealand: Friends of the Knox College Library, Hewitson Library, Knox College.

Chapter in Book - Research

Hutching, G., & Davis, L. S. (2009). People and marine wildlife. In New Zealanders and the sea. (pp. 236-241). Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman.

Chapter in Book - Research

Allen, R., Cree, A., Darby, J., Davis, L. S., Patrick, B. H., & Spencer, H. G. (2003). Forests and shrublands. In J. T. Darby, R. E. Fordyce, A. F. Mark, P. K. Probert & C. R. Townsend (Eds.), The natural history of Southern New Zealand. (pp. 153-190). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Brett, T., Carter, L., Carter, R. M., Darby, J., Davis, L., Dawson, S., Jillett, J., Probert, K., & Spencer, H. (2003). The open sea. In J. T. Darby, R. E. Fordyce, A. F. Mark, P. K. Probert & C. R. Townsend (Eds.), The natural history of Southern New Zealand. (pp. 313-338). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Hamel, J., Allen, R., Davis, L. S., McGovern-Wilson, R., Petchey, P., & Smith, I. W. G. (2003). The human factor. In J. T. Darby, R. E. Fordyce, A. F. Mark, P. K. Probert & C. R. Townsend (Eds.), The natural history of Southern New Zealand. (pp. 129-151). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bustamante, J., Boersma, P. D., & Davis, L. S. (2002). Feeding chases in penguins. In J. Wright & M. L. Leonard (Eds.), The evolution of begging: competition, cooperation and communication. (pp. 303-318). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2001). Sphenisciformes. In J. H. Steele, S. A. Thorpe & K. K. Turekian (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Ocean Sciences. (pp. 2872-2880). London: Academic Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S., & Cuthbert, R. J. (2001). Reproductive ecology of seabirds. In J. H. Steele, S. A. Thorpe & K. K. Turekian (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Ocean Sciences. (pp. 2663-2669). London: Academic Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bradshaw, C. J. A., Purvis, M. K., Raykov, R., Zhou, Q., & Davis, L. S. (2000). Predicting patterns in spatial ecology using neural networks: Modelling colonisation by New Zealand fur seals. In R. Denzer, D. Swayne, M. K. Purvis & G. Schimak (Eds.), Environmental Software Systems - Environmental Information and Decision Support. (pp. 57-65). Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Chapter in Book - Research

Harcourt, R. G., & Davis, L. S. (1997). The use of satellite telemetry to determine fur seal foraging areas. In M. Hindell & C. Kemper (Eds.), Marine Mammal Research in the Southern Hemisphere. Vol 1: Status, Ecology and Medicine. (pp. 137-142). Chipping Norton, N.S.W.: Surrey Beatty & Sons.

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (1995). The control of behaviour: Free-running circadian rhythms in the Antarctic summer. In P. Dann, I. Norman & P. Reilly (Eds.), The penguins: Ecology and Management. (pp. 56-72). Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Limited.

Chapter in Book - Research

Davis, L. S. (2018). Sphenisciformes. In J. K. Cochran, P. L. Pager & H. J. Bokuniewicz (Eds.), Encyclopedia of ocean sciences (Vol. 2). (3rd ed.) (pp. 109-118). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11320-X

Chapter in Book - Other

Davis, L. S., & Cuthbert, R. J. (2018). Seabird reproductive ecology. In S. Elias (Ed.), Reference module in earth systems and environmental sciences. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11321-1

Chapter in Book - Other

Finkler, W., Medvecky, F., & Davis, L. S. (2021). Environmental immersion and mobile filmmaking for science education: A New Zealand pilot study. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental & Science Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.29333/ijese/ 9155

Journal - Research Article

Zhu, L., Davis, L. S., & Carr, A. (2021). A picture is not always worth a thousand words: The visual quality of photographs affects the effectiveness of interpretive signage for science communication. Public Understanding of Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0963662520982535

Journal - Research Article

Zhu, L., Davis, L. S., & Carr, A. (2021). Visualising natural attractions within national parks: Preferences of tourists for photographs with different visual characteristics. PLoS ONE, 16(6), e0252661. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252661

Journal - Research Article

Davis, L. S., León, B., Bourk, M. J., & Finkler, W. (2020). Transformation of the media landscape: Infotainment versus expository narrations for communicating science in online videos. Public Understanding of Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0963662520945136

Journal - Research Article

Martin, K. M., Davis, L. S., & Sandretto, S. (2020). Engagement with science across the middle years in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40841-020-00185-x

Journal - Research Article

Martin, K. M., Davis, L. S., & Sandretto, S. (2019). Students as storytellers: Mobile-filmmaking to improve student engagement in school science. Journal of Science Communication, 18(05), A04. doi: 10.22323/2.18050204

Journal - Research Article

Massaro, M., Davidson, R. S., Freire, R., & Davis, L. S. (2019). Revisiting the influence of aggressive interactions on the survival of the first-laid egg in crested penguins (genus Eudyptes). Journal of Avian Biology, 50(8), e02133. doi: 10.1111/jav.02133

Journal - Research Article

Patman, R. G., & Davis, L. S. (2017). Science diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific region: A mixed but promising experience. Politics & Policy, 45(5), 862-878. doi: 10.1111/polp.12228

Journal - Research Article

Ramírez, F., Afán, I., Davis, L. S., & Chiaradia, A. (2017). Climate impacts on global hot spots of marine biodiversity. Science Advances, 3(2), e1601198. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601198

Journal - Research Article

Szymanski, E. A., & Davis, L. S. (2015). Wine science in the Wild West: information-seeking behaviors and attitudes among Washington state winemakers and growers. Journal of Wine Research, 26(4), 270-286. doi: 10.1080/09571264.2015.1083954

Journal - Research Article

Trathann, P. N., García-Borboroglu, P., Boersma, D., Bost, C.-A., Crawford, R. J. M., Crossin, G. T., … Davis, L. S., … Seddon, P. J., … Wienecke, B. (2015). Pollution, habitat loss, fishing, and climate change as critical threats to penguins. Conservation Biology, 29, 31-41. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12349

Journal - Research Article

Augé, A. A., Chilvers, B. L., Moore, A. B., & Davis, L. S. (2014). Importance of studying foraging site fidelity for spatial conservation measures in a mobile predator. Animal Conservation, 17(1), 61-71. doi: 10.1111/acv.12056

Journal - Research Article

Sides, A., Davis, L., & Rock, J. (2014). Our view of islands: Joining the values of science and society. Ecological Management & Restoration, 15(2), 123-127. doi: 10.1111/emr.12117

Journal - Research Article

Mattern, T., Ellenberg, U., Houston, D. M., Lamare, M., Davis, L. S., van Heezik, Y., & Seddon, P. J. (2013). Straight line foraging in yellow-eyed penguins: New insights into cascading fisheries effects and orientation capabilities of marine predators. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e84381. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084381

Journal - Research Article

Augé, A. A., Lalas, C., Davis, L. S., & Chilvers, B. L. (2012). Autumn diet of recolonising female New Zealand sea lions based at Otago Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 41(6), 97-110. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2011.606326

Journal - Research Article

Ellenberg, U., Mattern, T., Houston, D. M., Davis, L. S., & Seddon, P. J. (2012). Previous experiences with humans affect responses of Snares Penguins to experimental disturbance. Journal of Ornithology, 153(3), 621-631. doi: 10.1007/s10336-011-0780-4

Journal - Research Article

Melzer, S., Davis, L. S., & Bishop, P. J. (2012). Cutaneous gland secretions of Leiopelma pakeka as a potential mechanism against rat predation. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 39(4), 329-339. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2012.665809

Journal - Research Article

Rifkin, W., Longnecker, N., Leach, J., & Davis, L. (2012). Assigning students to publish on the web: Examples, hurdles, and needs. Journal of the NUS Teaching Academy, 2(2), 79-94.

Journal - Research Article

Augé, A. A., Chilvers, B. L., Davis, L. S., & Moore, A. B. (2011). In the shallow end: Diving behaviour of recolonising female New Zealand sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) around the Otago Peninsula. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 89(12), 1195-1205. doi: 10.1139/z11-098

Journal - Research Article

Augé, A. A., Chilvers, B. L., Moore, A. B., & Davis, L. (2011). Foraging behaviour indicates marginal marine habitat for New Zealand sea lions: Remnant versus recolonising populations. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 432, 247-256. doi: 10.3354/meps09176

Journal - Research Article

Kerr, J. R., & Davis, L. S. (2011). Benzylpiperazine in New Zealand: Brief history and current implications. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 41(1), 155-164. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2011.557036

Journal - Research Article

Davis, L. S. (2010). Science communication: A "Down Under" perspective. Japanese Journal of Science Communication, 7, 65-71.

Journal - Research Article

Rifkin, W., Longnecker, N., Leach, J., Davis, L., & Orthia, L. (2010). Students publishing in new media: Eight hypotheses: A house of cards? International Journal of Innovation in Science & Mathematics Education, 18(1), 43-54.

Journal - Research Article

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