Jay A. Davis, Ph.D.

Jay A. Davis, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Clean Water Program Manager
Regional Monitoring Program Program Manager
jay@sfei.org
510-746-7368

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Dr. Davis grew up near the PCB-contaminated aquatic food web of Lake Michigan. He has worked on contaminant issues in San Francisco Bay since 1986. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis in 1997. Dr. Davis is lead scientist of the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Estuary, a comprehensive water quality monitoring program for San Francisco Bay. He is also lead scientist for bioaccumulation element of the California State Water Resource Control Board's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, which conducts statewide surveys of contaminants in aquatic food webs. Dr. Davis is also the co-lead of SFEI's Clean Water program area. His primary research interests are monitoring the accumulation of persistent contaminants in aquatic food webs of the Bay, its watershed, and aquatic ecosystems in California, and the work of John Lillison, England's greatest one-armed poet.

Publication List
Curriculum Vitae

News and Notables:

Dec-12-14 | Technology | Featured

CD3 or Contaminant Data Display and Download is a web-based visualization tool for accessing water quality data for the San Francisco Bay-Delta region, including the RMP’s long-term dataset. The tool has been redesigned to leverage SFEI’s other interactive mapping efforts and debuts impressive new functionality, including enhanced spatial querying and generating dynamic statistical summaries and charts.

Dec-06-14 | Technology

With the recent upload of the Klamath Tribes water quality data (1990-2013) by Randy Turner and the Data Services Team, SFEI's Regional Data Center database now contains over 2 million results!

Nov-17-14 | Publications and Reports

The RMP Update provides a concise overview of recent RMP activities and findings, and a look ahead to significant products anticipated in the next two years. In a new "ebook" format, accessible on any browser, the RMP Update now offers new ways to interact with report content.

Oct-14-14 | Archive

The Annual Meeting of the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP) was held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The theme was an update on four principal program areas: status and trends monitoring, small tributary loads, nutrients, and chemicals of emerging concern.

Oct-14-14 | Archive

The RMP Update summarizes findings from 12 recent months of research by top scientists on the health and water quality trends in the San Francisco Bay Estuary. The report highlights the “RMP Top Ten”: a list of recent activities and accomplishments.

Sep-22-14 | Archive

The RMP has produced a synthesis report on PCBs that summarizes recent advances in understanding and makes recommendations for future studies. The September 2014 issue of Estuary News featured an article based on the report.

Jul-09-14 | Publications and Reports

A recent RMP technical report summarizes a series of RMP monitoring and research projects that have investigated the impacts of the flame retardants polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in San Francisco Bay.

Feb-04-14 | Miscellaneous | Featured

An exciting opportunity to lead the San Francisco Estuary Institute/Aquatic Science Center, a respected scientific organization whose opinion is sought out by decision-makers across the state. The original filing deadline has been extended - the position is open until filled.

Nov-01-13 | Publications and Reports

This RMP publication was distributed as an insert in the October 2013 issue of Estuary News, published by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. The article summarizes the history of the RMP and describes how the Program has evolved over the past 20 years.

Oct-30-13 | Publications and Reports

The RMP has released the 2013 edition of The Pulse of the Bay. The theme of this edition is Contaminants of Emerging Concern. The report includes profiles of the CECs of greatest concern, summarizing information on their use, properties, recent findings from monitoring in the Bay and elsewhere, and developments in management.