Assistant Professor of Biology
Co-director of Radford’s Ecophysiology Research Laboratory
He received B.S.’s in both biology and anthropology from the College of Charleston, Honor’s College in 1998 and went on to finish his M.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience & Animal Behavior from Emory University in 2005. After graduating he held a post-doctoral research associate position in biology at the University of Washington for three years, followed by a second two-year post-doctoral researcher position jointly between the University of California, Davis and the Chinese Institute of Zoology during which he lived for a year on the Tibetan Plateau.
Since coming to Radford University in 2009, his research has evolved to focus specifically on the role that hormones play in controlling how animals manage energy trade-offs under dynamic environmental conditions. He founded the Ecophysiology lab and built the Selu Conservancy aviary to help answer these questions with the support of other faculty members and undergraduate researchers. His research students have conducted a number of studies exploring how stress and reproductive hormones interact to influence behavioral profiles and immunological investment in songbirds, and how hormones control reproduction and growth patterns in insects.This work has generated over a dozen student presentations at academic meetings, including meetings of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, as well as several publications in both the academic and popular press.
Dr. Davis has taught a number of classes at Radford University, including Human Anatomy & Physiology, Endocrinology, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology, as well as several upper level seminars. Dr. Davis is also the director of the new Scholarly Outreach and Research Engagement program, a project whose goal is to encourage undergraduate scholars and researchers at Radford to share their work with the broader public in online and multimedia formats.
In autumn of 2013 he traveled to the Las Piedras Biodiversity field station in Peru, and it was this trip that sparked his interest in the Amazon. In concert with Dr. Joy Caughron, he has received funding to support research investigating bacterial metagenomic profiles of polluted and pristine waterways in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon, and will be returning to this area to conduct further studies throughout 2014.
In his time at Radford he has been awarded the “College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award” for 2012-2013, the “Artis Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship & Service” in 2014, has received five research support awards from Radford University, as well as a Research Opportunity Award and TUES grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Davis was also the 2014 keynote speaker for the Virginia Outdoor Writer’s Association and is Radford University's 2015 nominee for the SCHEV Rising Star Faculty Award.