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:

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 | Featured

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.

May-23-13 | Publications and Reports

SFEI has prepared a report for the State Water Resources Control Board's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) that presents findings from a screening survey of contaminants in sport fish from California rivers and streams. The study measured methylmercury, PCBs, selenium, and legacy pesticides concentrations in fish from 63 of the most popular fishing locations in the state.

Dec-05-12 | Publications and Reports | Featured

As part of a Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC), RMP scientists have contributed to a manuscript assessing avenues for reducing methylmercury contamination in the food webs of San Francisco Bay and its local watershed. The article was published as part of a special issue of the journal Environmental Research.

Oct-17-12 | Publications and Reports | Featured

The RMP has released the electronic edition of the 2012 Regional Monitoring Program Update. This report provides a concise overview of noteworthy RMP activities and findings, a summary of progress and plans in addressing priority water quality topics, and updated trend plots for key pollutants, water quality indicators, and factors that influence water quality.