Interests & Expertise
Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture
Certified scuba diver
Ball State University
B.S., Fisheries and Aquatic Science
Stephen Davies has a B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science from Purdue University (May 2013) and a Master’s degree in Aquatic Ecology from Ball State University (June 2017). He has experience with freshwater, marine, and aquaculture systems. His freshwater experience involves lotic and lentic systems in Indiana and Michigan collecting benthic and pelagic samples for macroinvertebrates, zooplankton and larval fish species richness, diversity and density. He also has experience in conducting Indexes of biotic integrity in glacial streams and lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and electroshocking streams and lakes for population density and PIT tagging studies.
Stephen's first project involved the diet content analysis of suckers (Catostomidae) in Lake Michigan to quantify trophic interactions and food-web dynamics of white and longnose suckers. Stephen's transition to Marine systems occurred upon graduation in 2013 as a NEFOP certified observer on the East Coast taking trips from Massachusetts to North Carolina, sampling commercial catches from trawl and gillnet fishing vessels. Stephen gained experience in the animal husbandry of zebra fish for medical research while working at Duke University. He worked with state of the art monitoring systems for over 75,000 zebrafish and was involved in the breeding, incubation, and rearing of zebrafish from embryo to adult. While at CFF, Stephen has been involved in multiple projects and has a wide exposure to the different tools used by CFF to monitor the ocean, from static camera stands to mobile habitat cameras. He has continued his fisheries biology work by participating in bycatch trips, gathering relevant biological data on various species in Georges Bank and quantifying the effectiveness of gear modifications on scallop dredges. He has also had the opportunity to be involved in CFF turtle tagging trips. Stephen is SCUBA certified (PADI), ARCGIS certified and has experience using R for the statistical analysis of fisheries data.