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Mark Davis, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Biology
Phone: 706-864-1957

Office: Health and Natural Sciences 412, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Ecology, Herpetology, Behavior

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1108 – Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 3331 – Ecology Field Study
  • BIOL 3326- Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 3500K – Ecology
  • BIOL 4510 – Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 4520 - Herpetology
  • BIOL 4526 - Tropical Cloud Forest Ecology


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1988
  • M.S., Zoology, Auburn University, 1980
  • B.S., Biology, Auburn University, 1976

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Davis’s research is usually ecological in context. His primary interest is vertebrate zoology and herpetology in particular, but his research collaborations with colleagues and undergraduate students have been varied.  Recent collaborations include investigations on pollinator attraction in aroid plants, drift periodicity in stream insects, effects of riparian disturbance on fish life history parameters, aspects of plant chemical defense, and gall formation in goldenrods.


Publications (since 2008)

Marshall, T, M.S. Davis, A. McCaskill, and F. Corotto.  2014.  Spadix function in Pinellia pedatisecta (Araceae). Aroideana 37:89-94.

Jones, S., M. Davis, A. McCaskill, and F. Corotto.  2013. Spadix function in the Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum. Georgia Journal of Science 71(4):191-196.

Davis, Mark S. 2011. A Hornet Steals Prey from a Spider. Southeastern Naturalist 10: 191-192.

Davis, Mark S.  2008. Wood Frogs. Pp. 124-126.  In The Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia. Carlos Camp, John Jensen, and Whit Gibbons, eds.  University of Georgia Press.

Published abstracts associated with oral and/or poster presentations at scientific conferences (since 2008)

Jones, S., F.S. Corotto, M.S. Davis, and A.R. McCaskill. 2013.  Spadix function in the Jack-In-the Pulpit. Georgia J. Science 71(1): 26.

French, L., C. Haygood, S. McWhorter, B. Smith, and M. Davis. 2013.  Seasonal patterns of macroinvertebrate drift in low-order streams.  Georgia J. Science 71(1):43-44.

Sims, K., L. Jenkins, M. Daigle, D. Dehner-Aganovic, and M. Davis. 2013. Investigation of stream disturbance on reproductive life history traits in bluehead chubs. Georgia J. Science 71(1): 54.

Thibodeau, M., F. Corotto, and M. Davis. 2012. Effect of spadix removal on pollination success of Pinellia pedatisecta.  Georgia J. Science 70(1): 21-22.

French, E., M. Dooley, C. Haygood, B. Smith, B., and M. Davis. 2012.  Fall macroinvertebtae drift in low-order streams.  Georgia J. Science 70(1):38.

Sims, K., L. Jenkins, M. Daigle, D. Dehner, and M. Davis. 2012. Condition factor of river chubs in relation to stream disturbance.  Georgia J. Science 70(1):43-44.

Cranston, S. and M. Davis. 2011. Leaf carbon:nitrogen ratios and chemical defense in plants. Georgia J. Science 69(1): 41.

West, B. and M. Davis. 2011.  A preliminary investigation on the influence of galls on reproductive effort in goldenrods. Georgia J. Science 69(1):24-25.

Carver, J., R. Townsend, L. Edwards, J. Jackson, and M. Davis. 2008. Factors influencing goldenrod galls.  2008.  Georgia J. Science 66(1): 5.

Gulsby, W., C. Henderson, and M. Davis. 2008.  The effect of chemical cues of trout on macroinvertebrate drift density in a fishless stream.  2008.  Georgia J. Science. 66(1): 6.

Davis, M., T. Jones, T. Lamb, C. Camp, and J. Milanovich.  2008.  Remembering George: A Memorial Tribute to George W. Folkerts (1938-2007).  Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Proceedings 2008(1): 26-27.

Work Experience

  • Assistant/Associate/Professor at UNG since 1990
  • Assistant Professor, Dana College, Blair Nebraska, 1988-1990

Personal Information

Dr. Davis grew up in North Carolina and has lived in Alabama, Missouri, Nebraska, and Georgia. He has a special fondness for Auburn football and loves to spend time in the Texas Hill Country.

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