Punta Gorda, Belize (2010) – with Crocodylus acutus

I am a PhD candidate advised by Dr. Jacob Kerby at the University of South Dakota. Broadly, I am interested in both behavioral ecology and amphibian conservation. My dissertation research aims to examine both the effects of environmental contaminants and behavior on disease ecology and transmission. Currently, little is known about the ecology of ranaviruses and it is likely the importance of these viruses is underestimated in amphibian populations. Additionally, I am examining the roles that environmental contaminants, stress, and immune function play in disease susceptibility and transmission.

In May 2012, I defended my thesis at Texas State University in the Population and Conservation Biology Program advised by Dr. Caitlin Gabor. There, I explored the effects of native and introduced predators on the threatened San Marcos salamander, Eurycea nana. Specifically, I examined the role of predator generalization in the recognition of novel predators and examined stress hormones in response predation risk and am still involved in ongoing work.


Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska (2013) – with Varanus komodoensis

Contact Information:

Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street

Vermillion, SD 57069

Office: Churchill-Haines 176
Email: drew.davis@usd.edu
Twitter: @drewrdavis