Jon Davenport, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

(573) 651-2366
Office: Rhodes Hall 202

Research: Population and community ecology; freshwater ecology; herpetology


Postdoc University of Montana

Ph.D. East Carolina University, 2011

M.S. Austin Peay State University, 2005

B.A. Maryville College, 2003

Courses: Ecology, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Management of Wetlands, Management of Wildlife Populations, Evolution and Ecology


I am a wildlife ecologist with broad interests that encompass many different sub-disciplines (Freshwater ecology, behavioral ecology, Arctic ecology, and population/community ecology). My research program focuses on non-game vertebrates (primarily amphibians, reptiles, and fish) and their responses to natural and anthropogenic stressors. I use an integrative approach that couples natural observations with quantitative models and manipulative experiments. I have an inordinate fondness for ecology, salamanders, bbq (the noun, not the verb), baseball, and fly fishing.

Selected publications (see personal website for a complete list of publications):

Davenport, J.M. and B.R. Hossack. 2016. Re-evaluating geographic variation in life-history traits of a widespread Nearctic amphibian. Journal of Zoology 299:304-310.

Davenport, J.M., P.A. Seiwert, L.A. Fishback and W.B. Cash. 2016. The interactive effects of fish predation and conspecific density on survival and growth of Rana sylvatica tadpoles in a subarctic wetland. Copeia 104:639-644.

Ennen, J.R., J. M. Davenport, and K.F. Alford. 2016. Evidence for asymmetric competition among headwater stream vertebrates? Hydrobiologia 772:207-213.

Davenport, J.M., and W.H. Lowe. 2016. Does dispersal alter the strength of intraspecific competition in a stream salamander? Journal of Zoology 298:46-53.

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

Davenport, J.M. and D.R. Chalcraft. 2012.  Evaluating the effects of trophic complexity on a keystone predator by disassembling a partial intraguild predation food web. Journal of Animal Ecology 81:242-250.


Rhodes Hall 224
Department of Biology
One University Plaza, MS 6200
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701