Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Oregon
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Oregon Staff Member


Melanie J Davis

Dr. Melanie Davis measures marsh elevation change in the Nisqually River Delta using a Surface Elevation Table.

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (541) 737 - 1961
Email: melaniedavis@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: melanie.davis@oregonstate.edu

Education

  • Ph D University of Washington 2019
  • MS Colorado State University 2012
  • BS Miami University 2009

Biography

My work is focused on ecosystem and community level responses to disturbance events, landscape scale processes and their effects on target species, and the development of monitoring tools, programs, and strategies to inform management actions.

Research Publications Publication Date
Woo, I, MJ Davis, SEW De La Cruz, L Windham-Myers, JZ Drexler, KB Byrd, EJ Stuart-Haëntjens, FA Anderson, BA Bergamaschi, G Nakai, CS Ellings, and S Hodgson. 2021. Carbon flux, storage, and wildlife co-benefits in a restoring estuary: case study at the Nisqually River Delta, Washington, USA. In K Krauss, Z Zhilang, and C Stagg (eds.) Wetland Carbon and Environmental Management. Wiley Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119639305.ch5 | Publisher Website October 2021
Woo, I, MJ Davis, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, JY Takekawa, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2019. A mosaic of estuarine habitat types with prey resources from multiple environmental strata supports a diversified foraging portfolio for juvenile Chinook salmon. Estuaries and Coasts 42:1938-1954. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-019-00613-2 November 2019
Woo, I, MJ Davis, CS Ellings, G Nakai, JY Takekawa, and SEW De La Cruz. 2018. Enhanced invertebrate prey production following estuarine restoration supports foraging for multiple species of juvenile salmonids (Oncorhynchus spp.). Restoration Ecology 26:964-975. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12658 September 2018
Riginos, C, M Graham, MJ Davis, A Johnson, A May, K Ryer, and L Hall. 2018. Wildlife Warning Reflectors and White Canvas Reduce Deer-Vehicle Collisions and Risky Road-Crossing Behavior. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 42:119-130. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.862 March 2018
Ellings CS, MJ Davis, EE Grossman, I Woo, S Hodgson, KL Turner, G Nakai, JE Takekawa, and JY Takekawa. 2016. Changes in habitat availability for outmigrating juvenile salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) following estuary restoration. Restoration Ecology 24:415-427. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12333 May 2016
Drexler, JZ, MJ Davis, I Woo, and SEW De La Cruz. 2020. Carbon sources in the sediments of a restoring vs. historically unaltered salt marsh. Estuaries and Coasts 43:1345-1360. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-020-00748-7 April 2020
Davis, MJ, S Thokala, X Xing, NT Hobbs, MW Miller, R Han, and S Mishra. 2013. Testing the functionality and contact error of a GPS-based wildlife tracking network. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 37: 855-861. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.303 December 2013
Davis, MJ, S Thokala, X Xing, NT Hobbs, D Walsh, R Han, and S Mishra. 2012. Developing a data transfer model for WildSense: a wildlife tracking network. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:820-827. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.188 December 2012
Davis, MJ, PN Kleinhenz, and MD Boone. 2011. Juvenile green frog (Rana clamitans) predatory ability not affected by exposure to carbaryl at different times during larval development. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30:1618-1620. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.539 July 2011
Davis, MJ, JW Chamberlin, JR Gardner, KA Connelly, MM Gamble, BR Beckman, and DA Beauchamp. 2020. Variable prey consumption leads to distinct, regional differences in Chinook salmon growth during the early marine critical period. Marine Ecology Progress Series 640:147-169. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13279 April 2020
Davis, MJ, J Purrenhage, and MD Boone. 2012. Elucidating predator-prey interactions using aquatic microcosms: complex effects of a crayfish predator, vegetation, and atrazine on tadpole survival and behavior. Journal of Herpetology 46:527-534. https://doi.org/10.1670/10-185 December 2012
Davis, MJ, I Woo, and SEW De La Cruz. 2019. Development and implementation of an empirical habitat model and decision support tool for estuarine ecosystems. Ecological Modelling 410:108722. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108722

October 2019
Davis, MJ, I Woo, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, DA Beauchamp, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2021. A climate-mediated shift in the estuarine habitat mosaic limits prey availability and reduces nursery quality for juvenile salmon. Estuaries and Coasts xx:xx-xx. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-021-01003-3 | Publisher Website October 2021
Davis, MJ, I Woo, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, DA Beauchamp, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2019. Freshwater tidal forests and estuarine wetlands may confer early life growth advantages for delta reared Chinook salmon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 148:289-307. https://doi.org/10.1002/tafs.10134 March 2019
Davis, MJ, I Woo, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, DA Beauchamp, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2018. Integrated diet analyses reveal contrasting trophic niches for wild and hatchery juvenile Chinook salmon in a large river delta. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147:818-841. https://doi.org/10.1002/tafs.10088 September 2018
Davis, MJ, CS Ellings, I Woo, S Hodgson, K Larsen, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2018. Gauging resource exploitation by juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in restoring estuarine habitat. Restoration Ecology 26:976-986. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12643 September 2018
Anderson, CM, MJ Krigbaum, MC Arostegui, ML Feddern, JZ Koehn, PT Kuriyama, C Morrisett, CI Allen Akselrud, MJ Davis, C Fiamengo, A Fuller, Q Lee, KN McElroy, M Pons, and J Sanders. 2019. How commercial fishing effort is managed. Fish and Fisheries 20:268-285. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12339 March 2019
Dew, Aleah
Master's
aleah.dew@oregonstate.edu

KENNEDY, ANNA
Master's
akennedy@usgs.gov

Kusaka, Carina
Master's
carina.kusaka@oregonstate.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
Woo, I, SEW De La Cruz, MJ Davis, CS Ellings, and S Hodgson. 2016. Assessing the restoring landscape within the Nisqually River Delta for invertebrate prey production. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. April 2016
Woo, I, SEW De La Cruz, MJ Davis, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, and G Nakai. 2019. Monitoring and Applied Research to Assess Restoration Benefits for Delta-Rearing Juvenile Chinook in the Nisqually River Delta, WA. American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society Joint Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada. September 2019
Woo, I, SEW De La Cruz, MJ Davis, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, G Nakai, E Grossman, S Rubin, R Takesue, K Larsen, A Lind-Null, and AW Stevens. 2018. Assessing restoration performance at the Nisqually River Delta: opportunity, capacity, and realized function. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA. May 2018
Woo, I, SEW De La Cruz, L Windham-Myers, K Thorne, JZ Drexler, KB Byrd, BA Bergamaschi, MJ Davis, FE Anderson, L Ballanti, Z Zhu, J Schmerfeld, K Johnson, and G Nakai. 2016. Integrating Blue Carbon Initiatives with the Management of Wildlife Cobenefits: a Case Study at the Nisqually River Delta, WA. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA. December 2016
Rubin, SP, M Hayes, CS Ellings, EE Grossman, W Duval, I Woo, MJ Davis, SEW De La Cruz, S Blakely, and K Stenberg. 2016. River Delta Eelgrass Supports Extended Estuary Residence and Foraging by Outmigrating Chinook Salmon. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. April 2016
Moritsch, MM, K Byrd, MJ Davis, JZ Drexler, I Woo, JT Morris, L Windham-Myers, G Nakai, and E Grossman. 2020. Sea level rise projected to reduce tidal marsh habitat and carbon sequestration. Restore America's Estuaries Summit (online). September 2020
Moritsch, MM, K Byrd, MJ Davis, JZ Drexler, I Woo, JT Morris, L Windham-Myers, G Nakai, and E Grossman. 2020. Sea level rise projected to reduce tidal marsh habitat and carbon sequestration. Ecological Society of America (online). August 2020
Greene, CM, EM Beamer, R Henderson, J Chamberlin, J Hall, JH Anderson, M Pouley, MJ Davis, S Hodgson, and CS Ellings. 2018. Density-dependent and landscape effects upon estuary rearing in Chinook salmon: insights from long-term monitoring in four Puget Sound estuaries. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA. May 2018
Ellings, CS, MJ Davis, I Woo, S Hodgson, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2021. Nisqually Delta restoration research and Chinook salmon recovery planning: management implications. Nearshore Summit and Synthesis, Olympia, Washington, USA (online). March 2021
Drexler, JZ, MJ Davis, and I Woo. 2020. Blue carbon sources and carbon accumulation rates in restored versus historic marshes in southern Puget Sound, Washington. AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, California, USA. February 2020
Davis, MJ. 2021. Addressing the intersection between climate change, anthropogenic disturbance, and local management actions in aquatic ecosystems. U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. January 2021
Davis, MJ, NT Hobbs, MW Miller, SK Thokala, X Xing, R Han, and S Mishra. 2011. Testing the data transfer capabilities of WildSense: a GPS-based wildlife tracking network. Ecological Society of America 96<sup>th</sup> Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, USA. August 2011
Davis, MJ, I Woo, SEW De La Cruz, G Nakai, CS Ellings, and S Hodgson. 2018. Dynamic habitat models for estuary-dependent species. Nisqually River Council, Yelm, Washington, USA. December 2018
Davis, MJ, I Woo, SEW De La Cruz, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, and G Nakai. 2019. A decade of post-restoration monitoring in the Nisqually River Delta: structure, function, and benefits for juvenile salmon. Salmon Recovery Conference, Tacoma, Washington, USA. April 2019
Davis, MJ, I Woo, SEW De La Cruz, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, DA Beauchamp, and G Nakai. 2019. Linking habitat models to consumption and growth: a spatially explicit approach. Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington, USA. June 2019
Davis, MJ, I Woo, SEW De La Cruz, CS Ellings, EE Grossman, S Rubin, and G Nakai. 2014. Assessing post-restoration changes in opportunity and capacity on the Nisqually River Delta. South Sound Science Symposium, Olympia, Washington, USA. October 2014
Davis, MJ, I Woo, JY Takekawa, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, EE Grossman, K Turner, G Nakai, JE Takekawa. 2015. ­Changes in habitat availability for outmigrating juvenile salmon (Oncorhychus spp.) following estuary restoration. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA. November 2015
Davis, MJ, I Woo, CS Ellings, and S Hodgson. 2017. Habitat availability, prey biomass, and resource utilization for juvenile salmon in restoring estuarine habitat: An integrated analysis. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA. August 2017
Davis, MJ, I Woo, CS Ellings, and G Nakai. 2016. Elucidating patterns of channel erosion, sediment deposition, and vegetative regrowth on the restored Nisqually River Delta. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. April 2016
Davis, MJ, I Woo, CS Ellings, S Hodgson, and SEW De La Cruz. 2018. Stable isotope analysis reveals different trophic niche spaces for wild and hatchery origin juvenile Chinook salmon in the Nisqually Delta. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA. June 2018
Davis, MJ, CS Ellings, I Woo, S Hodgson, G Nakai, and SEW De La Cruz. 2021. Nisqually Delta restoration research and Chinook salmon recovery planning: state of the science. Nearshore Summit and Synthesis, Olympia, Washington, USA March 2021
Davis MJ. 2018. Monitoring estuarine structure and function after the Nisqually river Delta Restoration. South Sound Science Symposium, Olympia, Washington, USA. October 2018
Byrd, KB, L Ballanti, D Nguyen, M Simard, N Thomas, L Windham-Myers, E Castaneda, KD Kroeger, ME Gonneea, J O'Keefe Suttles, P Megonigal, T Troxler, LM Schile, MJ Davis, and I Woo. 2016. A national-scale remote sensing-based methodology for quantifying tidal marsh biomass to support "Blue Carbon" accounting. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA. December 2016
Technical Publications Publication Date
Woo, I, MJ Davis, and SEW De La Cruz. 2018. Changes in aquatic prey resources in response to estuary restoration in Willapa Bay, southwestern Washington. Open-File Report 2018-1194. US Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia. December 2018
Riginos, C, MW Graham, MJ Davis, C Smith, and A Johnson. 2015. Effects of wildlife warning reflectors ("deer delineators") on wildlife-vehicle collisions in central Wyoming. Technical Publication FHWA-WY-15/03F. Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming, USA. May 2015
Greene, CM, E Beamer, J Chamberlin, G Hood, M Davis, K Larsen, J Anderson, R Henderson, J Hall, M Pouley, T Zackey, S Hodgson, C Ellings, and I Woo. 2021. Landscape, density-dependent, and bioenergetic influences upon Chinook salmon in tidal delta habitats: Comparison of four Puget Sound estuaries. ESRP Report 13-1508. Report prepared for the Washington State Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Olympia, Washington, USA. | Download January 2021