Queen Conch


Principal Investigator

Megan Davis Ph.D.
Research Professor, Aquaculture
Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Curriculum Vitae

Megan Davis, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Program at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. For four decades, Megan has combined her strengths in aquaculture, marine ecology, education, business and project management to lead several team projects throughout the Caribbean and Florida. She has held many leadership roles in research, academics, for-profit companies, technology transfer, institutional leadership and administration.

After graduating with her BSc in Aquaculture and Environmental Science from Florida Institute of Technology she spent 10 years in the Turks and Caicos Islands as a co-founder and chief scientist of the world’s first queen conch farm. During this time she was instrumental in developing commercial techniques for queen conch aquaculture and restoration. Megan continued her queen conch studies with Caribbean Marine Research Center in the Bahamas. She completed her MSc and PhD at Florida Institute of Technology. In 1996 she joined Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and was part of the team that retrained more than 700 commercial fishers, affected by a state enacted net ban, to be clam farmers. This program advanced the clam industry to be one of the leading aquaculture segments in Florida. She was actively involved in establishing HBOI’s 30-acre Aquaculture Development Park, which today continues to serve the industry through workforce training and development of new technology and production of species in recirculating, zero discharge systems. In a partnership with Darden Restaurant, Inc., Megan co-led the science team on developing components of a large-scale spiny lobster aquaculture project in the Caribbean. She was also lead HBOI administrator for a 10-year cooperative agreement program with USDA-ARS at HBOI, which advanced domestic warm water marine fish. Her interests include development of aquaculture species for commercialization, working with private industry, and providing training to advance the aquaculture industry. Megan is a member of the World Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association, Florida Aquaculture Association, and National Shellfish Association.

One of Megan’s passions is sharing information about healthy food choices through cooking demonstrations and presentations about sustainable seafood. Megan is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. 

Megan is a board of trustee for the  Consortium for Ocean Leadership , a member of the  NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, a member of National Aquaculture Association Marine Aquaculture Committee , and a board member of  Treasure Coast Education, Research and Development Authority. (  At Florida Atlantic University Megan serves on the ADVANCE Internal Advisory Committee

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