BGSU faculty member to serve as national expert on harmful algal blooms

Timothy Davis to help formulate action plan for New York lakes


Bowling Green State University Associate Professor Timothy Davis will serve as a national expert at upcoming harmful algal bloom (HAB) summits in New York. The summits are part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement of a large-scale initiative to combat cyanobacterial HABs in upstate New York lakes.

The $65 million, four-point initiative will focus on 12 priority lakes vulnerable to HABs that are critical sources of drinking water and vital to tourism. The proposal includes the convening of four regional summits to bring together nation-leading experts and local stakeholders for each lake. Along with the state’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team, the participants will develop action plans to identify contributing factors impacting HABs.

Davis will participate in summits in Syracuse and Ticonderoga.

“I am honored to have been invited to participate in these summits,” Davis said. “I hope that I can assist the state of New York in developing a comprehensive action plan to combat HABs by bringing my background in studying these events in Lake Erie and other large lakes around the globe.”tim davis portrait

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 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 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 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.

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