Donald-Allen-DavisDr. Allen Davis

Alumni Professor

School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and aquatic sciences




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

  • 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.