Dr. Jon Davenport



Ph.D., East Carolina University, 2011

M.S., Austin Peay State University. 2005

B.A., Maryville College, 2003


Professional Experience:


Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University, 2018-present

Assistant Professor, Southeast Missouri State University, 2014-2018

Affiliate Scientist, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, 2014-present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Montana, 2011-2014


Areas of Interest:

Community Ecology

Freshwater Ecology


Arctic Ecology

Conservation Biology



As an ecologist, I am broadly interested in understanding the natural and anthropogenic factors that influence biodiversity. Therefore, my research program investigates the processes and factors that affect the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. My research program has two main components: 1) a field component that documents natural patterns of biodiversity within and among communities, and 2) an experimental component that identifies and tests potential mechanisms that may explain natural patterns of biodiversity. I employ an integrative approach at multiple spatial and biological scales, incorporating both descriptive (systematic and mark-recapture surveys, telemetry) and experimental (behavioral assays, natural and artificial experiments) data. This approach exposes my students to a variety of techniques and quantitative methods and also allows them to understand how communities change as a function of natural and anthropogenic factors. 





Recent publications:


S.C. Bishir**, B. R. Hossack, LA. Fishback, and J.M Davenport. 2018. Post-breeding movement and habitat use by Wood Frogs along an Arctic–Subarctic ecotone. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 50:e1487657


Cecala, K.K., J.M. Davenport, J.R. Ennen, and W. Fields. 2017. Chapter 23: Amphibians and Reptiles in Methods in Stream Ecology, R. Hauer and G.A Lamberti (eds). Academic Press.


Liles*, LA, Cecala, K.K, Ennen, J.R., and J.M. Davenport. 2017. Elevated temperatures alter body condition and competitive outcomes in Appalachian salamanders. Animal Conservation 20:502-510.


Davenport, J.M., M.E. Hampson*, A.B. King*, and S.C. Bishir.** 2017. The effects of bluegill on spotted salamander oviposition, hatching time, and larval survival. Amphibia-Reptilia 38:327-337.


Davenport, J.M. and A. Riley*. 2017. Inter-Kingdom competition: Carnivorous plants affect growth of an aquatic vertebrate. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:484-489.


Davenport, J.M., B. R. Hossack, and LA. Fishback. 2017. Additive climate change effects increase risk to an amphibian at the Arctic’s edge. Global Change Biology 23:2262-2271.


Davenport, J.M., P.K. Seivert**, L.B. Fishback and W.B. Cash. 2016. The interactive effects of predation and intraspecific competition on larval anurans in a subarctic wetland. Copeia 104:639-644.


*undergraduate author

**graduate author



Title: Associate Professor, Community Ecology, Herpetology, Conservation Biology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2673

Office address
Rankin Science West 261