Tennessee Aquarium

PLEASE NOTE: The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Dr. Jon Davenport

Adjunct Scientist
Areas of Expertise: Herpetology, Population and Community Ecology

Jon is originally from Sevierville, TN, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (spring lizard capital of the world) and home of Dolly Parton.  Growing up around such beautiful scenery and encouraging parents, it’s no wonder that he turned out to be an aquatic ecologist. Jon began collaborating with TNACI in April 2014. He is an assistant professor of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University.  His current research focuses on investigating how individual variation in dispersal (i.e., differential dispersal) affects population demography and the strength of species interactions.  This work is done primarily in aquatic communities of North America with endangered amphibians and reptiles. 

Favorite saying: “BBQ is a noun, not a verb”

Least favorite cd: Thanks to my children, the Frozen soundtrack

Education:
Ph.D., 2011, East Carolina University (Biology)
M.S., 2005, Austin Peay State University (Biology)
B.A., 2003, Maryville College (Biology)

Representative Publications:
Davenport, J.M., B.A. Hossack and W.H. Lowe. 2014.  Partitioning the non-consumptive effects of predators on prey with complex life histories. Oecologia 176:149-155.

Mondelli, M., J.M. Davenport, W.H. Lowe. 2014. Gyrinophilus porphytricus Diet: fish versus fishless headwater streams. Herpetological Review 45:109-110.

Davenport, J.M. and D.R. Chalcraft. 2014. Increasing conspecific density weakens the ability of intermediate predators to develop induced morphological defenses to top predators. Freshwater Biology 59:87-99. 

Davenport, J.M. and D.R. Chalcraft. 2013.  Non-consumptive effects in a multiple predator system reduce the foraging efficiency of a keystone predator.  Ecology and Evolution 3:3063-3072.

 Davenport, J.M. and K. Summers. 2010.  Environmental influences on egg and clutch size in lentic- and lotic-breeding salamanders.  Phyllomedusa 9:87-98. 

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