Academics

John Davis

Dr. Davis’ research interests focus on how humans adapt to environmental stress. For the past 15 years he has been studying altitude physiology in the mountains of Colorado. Most recently, he has led several research projects in the Andes (Ecuador) looking at the physiological adaptations to altitude in high altitude natives.

He has published over 50 research articles and authored several book chapters. Many of these publications are coauthored with Alma College undergraduates.

He is the project director on a National Science Foundation grant that focuses on improving STEM education by changing the first-year experience for STEM majors. He serves as the principal investigator on a recent $5 million grant from the Dow Foundation entitled e-STEM: Enhancing STEM Education and Practice. Recently, Dr. Davis (along with Dr. David Clark from the Department of Biology) were awarded a $622,000 grant from the National Science Foundation S-STEM program. 

Currently, Dr. Davis is working on a grant with collaborators at the University of Colorado Medical School and the Altitude Research Center that looks to protect Special Forces from the stress of high altitude. With Department of Defense funding, Dr. Davis and his collaborators are studying four different drug interventions that will prevent acute mountain sickness and improve exercise and cognitive performance in soldiers who have to be transported very rapidly from low to high altitude. 

 

At Alma College, he teaches Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Exercise Physiology. 

 

Recent publications:

 

Wagner, D.R., S. Saunders,  B. Robertson, and J.E. Davis.  Effects of Normobaric Hypoxia on Balance Measured by Computerized Dynamic Posturography. High Altitude Medicine and Biology  17(3), 1-6, 2016

 

Davis , J.E., D.R. Wagner, N. Garvin, D. Moilanen, J. Thorington,and C. Schall. Cognitive and Psychomotor Responses to High Altitude Exposure in Sea Level and High Altitude Residents of Ecuador. Journal of Physiological Anthropology 34(2), 1-5, 2015.

 

Subudhi, A.W,  K. Grajzel, R. J. Langolf, R. C. Roach, B. Ronney, B. Panerai and J. E. Davis. Cerebral Autoregulation Index at High Altitude Assessed by Leg Cuff and Transfer Function Analysis Techniques. Journal of Experimental Physiology 100(2), 173-181, 2015.

 

Davis , J.E., D.R. Wagner, J. Thorington,and C. Schall. Orthostatic Responses at 4860 m in Low, Moderate, and High Altitude Residents. High Altitude Medicine and Biology 14(3), 251-254, 2013.

 

 

Title

Charles A. Dana Professor

Discipline

Integrative Physiology & Health Science

Rank

Professor

My career at Alma began in

1985

I'm an expert in

STEM education, how humans adapt to environmental stressors

My expertise:

Dr. Davis’ research interests focus on how humans adapt to environmental stress. Most recently, he has led several research projects in the Andes looking at the physiological adaptations to altitude in high altitude natives. He has published over 50 research articles and authored several book chapters. He is the project director on an NSF grant that focuses on improving STEM education by changing the first-year college experience for STEM majors.