Administration & Operations

Dr. Megan Davis-Hodgkins

Megan Davis, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director
Research Professor

Megan Davis, Ph.D., oversees research development and operations at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute as its Interim Executive Director. Her career spans more than 36 years and includes research in the areas of marine science, ecology and aquaculture. Dr. Davis’ experience encompasses a wide range of leadership roles in research, academics, for-profit companies, technology transfer, institutional leadership and administration. She is a graduate from Florida Institute of Technology and has been with Harbor Branch since 1996. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Davis served as Associate Executive Director of Research beginning 2008. Her interests include development of aquaculture species for food and stock enhancement and providing training to advance the aquaculture industry. Dr. Davis was a co-founder of the world’s first queen conch farm in the Caribbean, where she was instrumental in developing commercial techniques for queen conch aquaculture. More recently she was co-inventor of queen conch cultured pearl techniques that led to licensing of the technology to Rose Pearl, LLC. Dr. Davis is the co-chair of an emerging initiative called Our Global Estuary that focuses on the health, ecosystem and economics of estuaries locally and globally. She is a board member for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership , the Florida Ocean Alliance and the St. Lucie County Economic Development Council , serves on the Management Board for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and is a member of the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Aquaculture Task Force.

Paul Wills

Paul Wills, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research
Associate Research Professor

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Peter McCarthy

Peter McCarthy, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Education
Research Professor

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Patric Boles

Patrick Boles

Associate Executive Director of Operations

Julie Pettingill

Julie Pettingill

Director, Bus./Fin Aux. Services

Greg Morgan

Gregory Morgan

Director, Business Services

Cara Perry

Cara Perry

Assistant Vice President of Communication, FAU Northern Campuses



Norma Gammons

Norma Gammons

Assistant to Harbor Branch Executive Director