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Davis, Mark Allen

Conservation Biologist

Address and Contact Information

INHS - DECS
1816 S. Oak St.
M/C 652
Champaign, IL  61820

Current Projects

Coordinator, Collaborative Ecological Genetics Laboratory
Science Advisor, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Interim Illinois State White Nose Syndrome Coordinator

Honors and Awards

Integrated DNA Technologies: 2016 Sustainability Award
Copeia: Best Paper in Herpetology 2014
Illinois Chapter of the Wildlife Society: Best Student Paper (Ph.D.) 2011
North Dakota State University Department of Biological Sciences: Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2004

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
The American Fisheries Society
Desert Fishes Council
Iowa Herpetological Society
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
The Wildlife Society

Selected Service Activities

The Copperhead Institute - Scientific Advisory Board
USFWS - Interim Illinois State White Nose Syndrome Coordinator
Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative - Coastal Conservation Workgroup Member

Selected Publications

Niemiller, M.L., Porter, M.L., Keany, J., Gilbert, H., Fong, D., Culver, D.C., Hobson, C., Kendall, K.D., Davis, M.A., and Taylor, S.J. Evaluation of eDNA as a tool for detection and monitoring of invertebrates in groundwater habitats: a case study on the common Potomac Groundwater Amphipod (Stygobromus tenuis potomacus) and the federally endangered Hay's Spring Amphipod (S. hayi) in hypotelminorheic groundwater. Accepted: Conservation Genetics Resources.

Tiemann, J.S., Haponski, A.E., Douglass, S.A., Lee, T., Cummings, K.S., Davis, M.A., and O’Foighil, D. First record of a putative novel invasive Corbicula lineage discovered in the Illinois River, Illinois, USA. Accepted: BioInvasions Records.

Mussmann, S.M., Anthonysamy, W.J.B., Douglas, M.R., Davis, M.A., Louis, W., Simpson, S.A., and Douglas, M.E. Genetic rescue, the greater prairie chicken and the problem of conservation reliance in the Anthropocene. 

Douglas, M.R., Davis, M.A., Amarello, M., Smith, J., Schuett, G.W., Hermann, H.W., and Douglas, M.E. 2016. Anthropogenic impacts drive niche and conservation metrics of a cryptic rattlesnake on the Colorado Plateau of western North America. 

Davis, M.A., Douglas, M.R., Collyer, M.L., and Douglas, M.E. 2016. Deconstructing a Species-Complex: Geometric Morphometric and Molecular Analyses Define Species in the Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis). PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146166. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146166

Levine, B.A., Smith, C.F., Douglas, M.R., Davis. M.A., Schuett, G.W., Beaupre, S.J., and Douglas, M.E. Genetic structure of the Copperhead (Viperidae: Agkistrodon contortrix) at its most northern distribution. Copeia 104(2):448-457. 2016 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/CG-13-150

Davis, M.A., and Douglas, M.E. 2016 Crotalus viridis: a Species Account. In: The Rattlesnakes of Arizona.G.W. Schuett, R.S. Reiserer, C.F. Smith, and M.J. Feldner (Eds.). Eco Publishing, Rodeo, New Mexico.

Davis, M.A., Feldner, M., and Schuett, G.W. 2016. Crotalus cerberus: a Species Account. In: The Rattlesnakes of Arizona.G.W. Schuett, R.S. Reiserer, C.F. Smith, and M.J. Feldner (Eds.). Eco Publishing, Rodeo, New Mexico.

Davis, M.A. 2016. The Western Rattlesnake Complex: 200 Years of Intrigue and Change. In: The Rattlesnakes of Arizona. G.W. Schuett, R.S. Reiserer, C.F. Smith, and M.J. Feldner (Eds.). Eco Publishing, Rodeo, New Mexico.

Davis, M.A., Douglas, M.R., Webb, C.T., Collyer, M.L., Holycross, A.T., Kamees, L.K., Painter, C.W., and Douglas, M.E. 2015. Nowhere to go but up: impacts of climate change on demographics of a short-range endemic (Crotalus willardi obscurus) in the Sky-Islands of southwestern North America. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0131067. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131067

Barker, D.G., Barker, T.M., Davis, M.A., and Schuett, G.W. 2015. A review of the systematics and taxonomy of the Pythonidae: an ancient serpent lineage. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175(1): 1-19. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/zoj.12267/abstract

Levengood, J.M., Smith, R.V., Gay, D.A., Davis, M.A., and Stafford, J.D. 2014. Mercury in shorebirds at migratory stopover sites in the Illinois River Valley. Waterbirds 3: 225-229

Sullivan, B.K., Douglas, M.R., Walker, J.M., Cordes, J.E., Davis, M.A., Anthonysamy, W.J.B. Sullivan, K.O, and Douglas, M.E. Conservation and management of polytypic species; the Little Striped Whiptail Complex (Aspidocelis inornata) as a case study. Copeia 201: 519-529

Levine, B.A., Smith, C.F., Schuett, G.W., Douglas, M.R., Davis, M.A., and Douglas, M.E. Bateman-Trivers in the 21st Century: Sexual Selection in a North American Pitviper. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 436-445

Education

Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2012)
M.S. Colorado State University (2008)
M.S. North Dakota State University (2005)
B.S. North Dakota State University (2002)

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