Robert Davis he/him/his

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources

Robert Davis
Office:239 Center for Science and the Environment
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Telephone:(715) 682-1341


Earned and Honorary Degrees

BS, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
MS, The Ohio State University
PhD, Auburn University


I grew up in the foothills of Appalachia in southern Pennsylvania. Spending the vast majority of my childhood at my family's farm pond, I developed a deep connection to the land there as a younger person and choose to pursue a career in natural resources as a result. My career has taken me all over the United States, including Alabama, Washington D.C., Ohio, and Wisconsin. Landing on the shores of Lake Superior, I hope to rekindle that connection to the land.

Why Northland?

I chose to come to Northland because of the emphasis on an environment centric curriculum. I enjoy the small school environment and definitely wanted to teach on a small liberal art campus. The natural resources and research opportunities in the local area also make Ashland an enticing place to live and do research.


Fisheries Science and Management
Fisheries and Wildlife Techniques
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Statistics


My research has centered around the broad theme of sustainability in aquatic resources. I have been fortunate enough to collaborate on a wide variety of projects. I currently am working on research related to Percids and the effects of climate change in the Midwest and Wisconsin. My previous research examined the sustainability of shrimp aquaculture.


I enjoy all things outdoors, but my passion is fly fishing. I have turned the hobby into a year-round pursuit by learning to tie flies and build rods to occupy those cold winter months in the Northwoods. Outside of fly fishing, I enjoy hiking, camping, hunting, disc golf, and music.