MELISSA B. DAVIS

 

 

EDUCATION    

 

M.S., Zoology, 1999, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

GPA: 4.0, Minor: Statistics

Thesis: Reproductive success, status, and viability of the American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus).

 

B.S., Zoology, 1995, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

GPA (major): 4.0; GPA (overall): 3.61

 

B.B.A., Marketing, 1990, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

GPA: 3.41

attended Augusta College, Augusta, GA from 1986 to 1988, GPA: 3.67

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Research Assistant to Will Post, PhD, Charleston Museum, May 2002 to present

·         Assist with research on the survival & productivity of the Seaside Sparrow

 

Research Assistant, Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, North Carolina State University, September 2000 to March 2001

·        Summarized field data & natural history information for breeding birds of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory project

 

Assistant to North Carolina Sea Turtle Project Coordinator,

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Summer 1998

·        Helped oversee state volunteer program

·        Responded to sea turtle nesting and stranding events

·        Assisted with stranding and necropsy workshops

 

Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University, 1996 to 1999

·        Ecology, Fall 1997 & Spring 1999

·        General Zoology, Fall 1996 & Spring 1997

·        Animal Diversity, Spring 1998

 

Master’s Field Research, Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC, 1997

·        Monitored productivity of American Oystercatchers, as well as human activity and predator presence

·        Prepared preliminary population viability analysis for American Oystercatchers

 

Research Aide for Dr. Patricia Adair Gowaty, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, February to November 1994

·        Assisted with field research on Eastern Bluebirds that included monitoring reproductive success, banding chicks, and making behavioral observations of adults

·        Conducted library research to complete a bibliography on bluebirds

 

Intern, Museum of Natural History, University of Georgia, Spring 1993

·        Prepared mammal and bird skins and skulls for the museum collection

 

Shift Manager, McDonald’s, Athens, GA, July 1991 to January 1994

·        Oversaw and directed crew persons

·        Ensured proper functioning and cleanliness of store

 

PUBLICATIONS, REPORTS AND LECTURES

  

Davis, M.B., T.R. Simons, M.J. Groom, J.L. Weaver, and J.R. Cordes. 2001. The Breeding Status of the American Oystercatcher on the East Coast of North America and Breeding Success in North Carolina. Waterbirds 24(2): 195-202.

 

Davis, M.B. 1998. Reproductive Success of American Oystercatchers on Cape Lookout National Seashore, 1997 Report to the National Park Service

 

“Bird Diversity and Biology”, lecture for Animal Diversity class, North Carolina State University, Spring 1998

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION  WORKSHOPS

  

Project WET

Project WILD

Advanced Project WILD: Salamanders

Sea Turtle Nesting and Stranding Workshop       

Beginners Butterfly Workshop

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

Andrews Master’s Fellowship, North Carolina State University

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, North Carolina State University

Teaching Assistantship, North Carolina State University

Academic Dean’s List, Augusta College and University of Georgia

Augusta College Faculty Scholarship, Augusta College

Martinez-Evans Rotary Club Scholarship, Augusta College

National Hills Lion’s Club Scholarship, Augusta College

Mu Kappa Tau National Marketing Honor Society, University of Georgia

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

 

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge: Sea Turtle Volunteer

Girl Scouts of America: Daisy troop leader

  

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

American Ornithologists’ Union

National Audubon Society

Waterbird Society

 

SKILLS

 

Proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Mist-netting

S.C.U.B.A. Certified

 

REFERENCES

 

Theodore R. Simons (Ted)

Assistant Unit Leader, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Associate Professor of Zoology and Forestry

Department of Zoology

Box 7617

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC  27695

(919) 515-2689

tsimons@ncsu.edu

 

Jaime A. Collazo

Assistant Unit Leader, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Associate Professor of Zoology and Forestry

Department of Zoology

Box 7617

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC  27695

(919) 515-8837

jaime_collazo@ncsu.edu

 

Martha J. Groom

Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program on the Environment

University of Washington – Bothell

22011 26th Avenue SE

Bothell, WA  98021

(425) 352-5410

groom@u.washington.edu

 

Ruth Boettcher           

Nongame Biologist, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

P.O. Box 476

Painter, VA  23420

(757) 442-2429

rboettcher@dgif.state.va.us