Jonathan Davis, MSc.

Jonathan Davis, MSc.

Ph.D. Candidate and Researcher



Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Educational Background:
B.Sc., University of Texas, 2007
M.Sc., University of Auckland, 2010

Research Interests:

Jonathan Davis is a Ph.D. student studying Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) habitat use in Lake Pontchartrain with special focus on their dietary shifts and osmoregulatory abilities using acoustic telemetry and blood analysis. His research interests are in ecology, trophic dynamics, osmoregulation, site fidelity, and stable isotopes. He grew up in Orange, Texas where he was addicted to the water from day 1. He spent every summer growing up on the Sabine River wondering what was swimming in the murky water and vacations in Florida snorkeling and being entranced by all marine life. He went to the University of Texas where he studied Marine Biology and received his BSc. in 2007 after a summer at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas working with sharks and rays under Dr. Scott Nunez and Dr. Andy Evans. After his BSc. he worked for a year as a naturalist at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center where he taught kids and the public about the natural world through talks and classes. He then moved to New Zealand for a MSc. Program in Marine Science. He studied the movement and behavior of New Zealand Eagle Rays while enjoying the beautiful country. When he returned he ran a crew cleaning up wildlife in Grand Isle, LA after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and then took a job based out of Ocean City, Maryland as a Fisheries Observer for NOAA. He went out on every type of vessel on the east coast from 15' gillnet boats to 125' scallop trawlers. He saw more amazing marine life than he could ever have imagined, sampled it, and reported back to NOAA the species collected. After that year he moved to Key Largo, Florida where he was a Marine Science Instructor at a Marine Lab. He took kids of all ages out on the reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests teaching them all about marine biology. During these 6 months he also became a United States Coast Guard Captain before getting a scholarship to come to the University of New Orleans and study Bull Sharks.