Queen Conch Lab

Megan Davis Principal Investigator
Megan Davis Ph.D.
Research Professor, Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement
Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
772-242-2298 office; 772-216-1523 cell
@queenconchlab (Instagram)
Queen Conch Lab Website
Curriculum Vitae

Megan Davis, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for her over four decades of work in the field of warm-water aquaculture working closely with communities and industry. She has led several team projects throughout the Caribbean and Florida and has been working at FAU Harbor Branch for 27 years. Her passion for the ocean began as a young girl collecting shells along the beaches of her native Australia and sailing many summers in The Bahamas with her family. She spent 10 years in the Turks and Caicos Islands as co-founder and chief scientist for the world’s largest queen conch farm. She is Chair of the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and was lead for the MAFAC seafood promotion task group. Megan and her team work on queen conch restoration and conservation community-based partnership projects in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Jamaica and other locations in the Caribbean. She also conducts research on sea vegetable aquaculture, a sustainable crop for coastal restoration and culinary dishes.

Becky Holt Program Manger
Becky Holt

Becky is a senior executive and MBA with over a decade of experience in the aquaculture and conservation nonprofit sectors. Her experience in marketing, organizational strategy, and community building, has introduced her to countless international seafood operators, from artisanal fishers to the leading aquaculture producers. She is responsible for developing program strategy and partnerships with the Lab's project stakeholders across the US and Caribbean.

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Go here for more information on the sea vegetables for human consumption project led by Dr. Davis and her colleagues.

Species Profile: Queen Conch

Discover our flagship community-led aquaculture center based in Naguabo, Puerto Rico.

Conch lab entrance
Fisher on boat with conch shell in foreground
Queen Conch shell with lip
Queen Conch team
HBOI ocean fish