Education

1990 Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
1986 M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
1983 B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Northern Arizona University

Professional experience

May 2012 – present Alumni Professor — Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn University
August 2010 – April 2012 Professor — Auburn University
August 2004 – 2010 Associate Professor — Auburn University
January 2000-August 2004 Assistant Professor — Auburn University
September 1998-1999 Research Scientist — University of Texas, Marine Science Institute
September 1996-1998  Research Associate — University of Texas, Marine Science Institute

Honors and Awards

Dean’s Grantsmanship Award 2015, 2013, 2012, 2008. Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University.
Alumni Professorship Award. September 2012, Auburn Alumni Association, Auburn, AL.
Directors Research Award 2010. Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
Directors Research Award for Assistant Professors 2002, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Professional Affiliations

American Fisheries Society
World Aquaculture Society

research activities

My research and teaching efforts are designed to improve technologies for the culture of marine (e.g. Florida pompano, red drum, red snapper, and white shrimp) and freshwater (e.g. catfish, tilapia, and bass) species for stock enhancement and aquaculture. Our primary activities have emphasized, graduate student education, the development and improvement of commercial feeds and feed management strategies, as well as providing continuing education opportunities to the industry.

extension activities

I am a firm believer of promoting industry linkages with research institutes not only to provide a better transfer of technologies but also to identify industry relevant research questions. Hence, I am happy to assist with industry training and extension activities. I regularly provide technical support to the feed industry. This includes training of industry personnel, reviewing of feed formulations and manufacturing practices, aquaculture techniques at the farm and most importantly feed management

courses taught

FISH 7640 Fish Nutrition (graduate) Summer 2000 – Present
FISH 7640L Fish Nutrition Laboratory (graduate) Summer 2000 – Present
FISH 6630/5630 Facilities for Aquaculture (graduate/undergraduate) 2005 – present (Spring of odd years)

Select Publications

  • Salze, G. P., K. Stuart, D. O. Jirsa, D. A. Davis, and M. A. Drawbridge. 2018. Quantitative dietary taurine requirement of California yellowtail Seriola lalandi. 49(1): 113-126.
  • Addo, S., A. A. Carrias, M.A. Williams, M.R. Liles, J.S. Terhune, and D. A. Davis. 2017. Effects of Bacillus subtilis strains and the prebiotic Previda® on growth, immune parameters and susceptibility to Aeromonas hydrophila infection in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Aquaculture Research. 48 (9) 4798–4810.
  • Salze, G. P., D. A. Davis, D. O. Jirsa and M. A. Drawbridge. 2017. Methionine requirement for juvenile white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) using non-linear models. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 48 (5). 729–740
  • Rhodes, M.A., Y. Zhou, G.P. Salze, T. Hanson and D.A. Davis. 2017 Development of plant-based diets and the evaluation of dietary attractants for juvenile Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus L. 23 (5): 1065–1075
  • Qiu, X., D. A. Davis. 2017. Evaluation of flash dried yeast as a nutritional supplement in plant based practical diets for Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture Nutrition. 23 (6) 1244–1253
  • Qiu, X., and D. A. Davis. 2017. Effects of dietary phytase supplementation on growth performance and apparent digestibility coefficients of Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture Nutrition. 23 (5): 942–951.
  • Van, T. P. T H., M. A. Rhodes, Y. Zhou, and D. A. Davis. 2017. Feed management for Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei under semi-intensive conditions in tanks and ponds. Aquaculture Research 48 (10):5346-5355
  • Jescovitch, L. N., C. Ullman, M. Rhodes and D. A. Davis. 2017. Effects of Different Feed Management Treatments on Water Quality for Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture Research. Aquaculture Research. 49:526-531.
  • Novriadi, R., E. Spangler, M. Rhodes, T. Hanson and D. A. Davis. 2017 Effects of various levels of squid hydrolysate and squid meal supplementation with advance soy product on growth performance, body composition, serum biochemistry and histology of Florida pompano Trachinotus carolinus. Aquaculture 481:85-93.
  • Qiu, X., H. Tian, and D. A. Davis. 2017. Evaluation of a high protein distiller’s dried grains product as a protein source in practical diets for Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture. 480:1-10.
  • Zhou, Y., D. Zhang, E. Peatman, M. A. Rhodes, J. Liu, and D. Allen Davis. 2017. Effects of Various Levels of Dietary Copper Supplementation with Copper Sulfate and Copper Hydroxychloride on Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei Performance and Microbial Communities. Aquaculture. 476:94-105.
  • Ray, C., Bujan, N., Tarnecki, A., Davis, D. A., Browdy, C., and Arias C. R. 2017. Analysis of the Gut Microbiome of Nile Tilapia Oreochromis Niloticus L. Fed Diets Supplemented with Previda® and Saponin. Journal of Fisheries Sciences. 11(2):36-45.
  • Qiu, X. and D. Allen Davis. 2017. Effects of Dietary Carbohydrase Supplementation on Performance and Apparent Digestibility Coefficients for Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Journal of World Aquaculture. 48(2): 313-319.
  • Soller D. S. F., M. A. Rhodes, D. A. Davis. 2017. Replacement of fish oil with alternative lipid sources in plant-based practical feed formulations for marine shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) reared in outdoor ponds and tanks. Aquaculture Nutrition. 23:63-75.
  • Addo, S., A. A. Carrias, M.A. Williams, M.R. Liles, J.S. Terhune, and D. A. Davis. 2017. Effects of Bacillus subtilis Strains on Growth, Immune Parameters, and Streptococcus iniae Susceptibility in Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 48 (2): 257-267.
  • Zhou, Y., M. A. Rhodes, Jun Liu., D. A. Davis. 2017. Effects of various dietary levels of copper hydroxychloride on growth performance and tissue response in Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei fed practical diets. Aquaculture Nutrition. 23,171-180.
  • Soller D. S. F., M. A. Rhodes, D. A. Davis. 2017. Replacement of fish oil with alternative lipid sources in plant-based practical feed formulations for marine shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) reared in outdoor ponds and tanks. Aquaculture Nutrition. 23(1): 63-75.
  • Chatvijitkul, S., C.E. Boyd, D. A. Davis, A. A. McNevin. 2017. Embodied Resources in Fish and Shrimp Feeds. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 48 (1): 7-19.
  • Achupallas, J. Zhou, Y. and D. A. Davis. 2016 Use of grain distillers dried yeast in practical diets for Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei). Journal of World Aquaculture. 47:220-229
  • Chatvijitkul, S., D. A. Davis, and C. E. Lim. 2016. Lipid Extracted Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (LE-DDGS) as a Partial Replacement for Soybean Meal in Hybrid Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus × O. aureus) Diets. Aquaculture 459:131-136.
  • Cook, R. L., Y. Zhou, M. A. Rhodes, and D. A. Davis. 2016. Evaluation of various cottonseed products on the growth and digestibility performance in Florida Pompano Trachinotus carolinus. Aquaculture. 453:10-18
  • Salze, G., E. A. Spangler, P. A Cobine, M. A Rhodes, and D. A Davis. 2016. Investigation of biomarkers of early taurine deficiency in Florida pompano Trachinotus carolinus. Aquaculture. 451:254–265.
  • Fang, X., D. Yu, A. Buentello, P. Zeng, and D. A. Davis. 2016. Evaluation of new non-genetically modified soybean varieties as ingredients in practical diets for Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture 451: 178-185.
  • Adedeji, A. D., Y. Zhou, X. Fang, D. A. Davis, A. Fahrenholz and S. Alavi. 2015 (Early view). Utilization of sorghum distillers dried grains (SDDGS) in extruded and pelleted shrimp diets. Aquaculture Research.
  • Achupallas, J.M., D. A. Davis, Y. Zhou. 2015 (Early view) Pond production of Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) fed grain distillers dried yeast. Aquaculture Nutrition.
  • Zhou, Y., D. Allen Davis, M. A. Rhodes, and J. Liu 2015 (Early view). Effects of various dietary levels of copper hydroxychloride on growth performance and tissue response in Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei fed practical diets. Aquaculture Research
  • Silva, F. S. D., L. A. Roy, D. A. Davis. 2015, (Early view). Replacement of fish oil with alternative lipid sources in plant based practical feed formulations for marine shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) reared in outdoor ponds and tanks. Aquaculture Nutrition
  • Hu, B. D. Cline and D. A. Davis. 2015. Validation of xanthophyll levels in catfish fillets using digital photography. Journal of Aquatic Food Production Technology 24:723-729.
  • Rhodes, M.A, D. Yu, Y. Zhou, and D. A. Davis. 2015. Inclusion of lipid extracted distiller’s dried grain with solubles in diets for Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. North American Journal of Aquaculture. 77(4): 539-546
  • Zhao, H., C. Lib, B. H. Beckc, R. Zhanga, W. Thongdaa, D. A. Davis and E. Peatman. 2015 Impact of feed additives on surface mucosal health and columnaris susceptibility in channel catfish fingerlings, Ictalurus punctatus. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 46:624-637.
  • Rhodes, M.A., Y. Zhou, D. A. Davis. 2015. Use of Dried Fermented Biomass as a Fishmeal Replacement in Florida Pompano, Trachinotus carolinus feeds. Journal of Applied Aquaculture 27, 29-39.
  • Salze, G. P. and D. A. Davis. 2015. Taurine: A critical nutrient for future fish feeds. Aquaculture. 437: 215–229
  • Zhou, Yan-Gen, D. A. Davis and A. Buentello 2015. Use of new soybean varieties in practical diets for the Pacific white shrimp. Aquaculture Nutrition. 21:635-643.