Tim Davis graduated from SoMAS in 2009 with his Ph.D. Before he came to SoMAS, Tim attended Southampton College of Long Island University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in marine science-biology. It was at Southampton that Tim first worked with Professor Chris Gobler investigating harmful algal blooms as an undergraduate. After taking a year off upon graduation, Tim decided to attend SoMAS so he could work with Gobler again. This time, Tim would be investigating the environmental factors that influence toxic and non-toxic strains of freshwater cyanobacterium, Microcystis spp., throughout the northeast USA.
For the past two years, Tim has been working as a Research Fellow with the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University where he investigated how different environmental factors promote the production of a toxin by a harmful algal species, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. He was recently awarded a prestigious Queensland Smart Futures Fellowship to use an advanced molecular technique to further investigate how toxic cyanobacteria communities respond to a changing climate. He is ever grateful for his time at SoMAS.
“I would highly recommend SoMAS to any student. There is always a wide range of exciting, cutting-edge research being conducted there,” Tim writes. “The great interaction between faculty and students was invaluable to my research and their insights helped make my dissertation stronger.”