BGSU faculty member to advise EPA

Timothy Davis appointed to EPA Board of Scientific Counselors


Bowling Green State University Associate Professor Timothy Davis was recently appointed to the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors, a federal advisory committee that provides advice, information and recommendations to EPA’s Office of Research and Development on its research programs.

As part of this three-year term, Davis will serve as a member of the BOSC Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR) subcommittee.tim davis portrait

“As a member of the SSWR Subcommittee, I will serve as a special government employee of the EPA and will provide the BOSC my best independent judgment in various topics that arise, based on my expertise,” he said.

Davis joined the BGSU Department of Biological Sciences in August. He has spent the last 11 years studying the ecology of harmful algal blooms. During the course of his research, Davis looked at understanding the environmental drivers of HABs in several lakes throughout the Northeast, including Lake Erie and Lake Champlain. He also studied the ecology of the toxic HABs that occur in drinking water reservoirs that serve the greater Brisbane, Australia, which has a population of 2.3 million people.

He completed additional research on water quality and harmful algal bloom issues in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Lake Winnipeg while at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters part of Environment and Climate Change Canada. In 2014, he joined NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he led GLERL's HAB monitoring and research program, which supports critical NOAA HAB forecasting products.

As a member of the BOSC, Davis will provide advice and recommendations on science and engineering research programs, plans, laboratories and research management practices; the use of peer review to promote sound science; the development and progress of plans of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development; the quality of technical products; and human resource planning.

“Degrading water quality is a very serious threat to the Great Lakes region and the nation.  Federal agencies, such as the EPA, play a critical role in conducting and promoting quality science that not only further the understanding of the complex ecology of our freshwater resources but also to develop management strategies to ensure their long-term health.”