- Ph.D. in Physiology, University of California, Riverside, California, U.S.A., 1980
- B.S. in Biology, University of California, San Diego, California, U.S.A., 1974
Professor, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, Galveston.
Physiological ecology of marine mammals and birds, comparative physiology and behavior of diving vertebrates, animal energetics and locomotory performance.
Relevant to the biota of the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Davis was author of several publications on marine mammals, including:
Davis, R. W., and G. S. Fargion, eds. 1996. Distribution and abundance of marine mammals in the north-central and western Gulf of Mexico: Final Report. Prepared by the Texas Institute of Oceanography and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Available from Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, La.
Davis, R. W., W. E. Evans, and B. Würsig, eds. 2000. Cetaceans, Sea Turtles and Seabirds in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Distribution, Abundance and Habital Associations. Vol. II: Technical Report. U.S. Department of the Interior, Geographical Survey, Biological Resources Division, USCS/BRD/CR-1999-0006 and Minerals Management Service. Available from MMS Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, La.
Davis, R. W. G. S. Fargion, N. May, T. D. Leming, M. Baumgartner, W. E. Evans, L. J. Hansen, and K. Mullen. 1998. Physical habitats of cetaceans along the Continental Slope in the northcentral and western Gulf of Mexico. Marine Mammal Science 14: 490–507.
Davis, R. W., J. J. Ortega-Ortiz, C. A. Ribic, W. E. Evans, D. C. Biggs, P. H. Ressler, R. B. Cady, R. R. Leben, K. D. Mullin, and B. Würsig. 2002. Ceteacean habitat in the northern oceanic Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 49: 121–142.
Davis, R. W., G. Scott, B. Würsig, W. Evans, G. Fargion, L. Hansen, R. Benson, K. Mullin, N. May, T. Leming, B. Mate, J. Norris, and T. Jefferson. 1994. Distribution and abundance of marine mammals in the north-central and western Gulf of Mexico. Outer Continental Shelf Study, 94-0003. Herndon, Va.: Minerals Management Service. 129 pp. & appendices.