Professor Simon Davies currently holds a Chair in Fish Nutrition and Aquaculture at the Department of Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences at Harper Adams University in England. He formerly headed the Aquaculture Nutrition group within the School of Biosciences for 29 years at Plymouth University. He is an acknowledged international expert in the nutrition of cultured or fish species having served academia and specialising in fish nutrition for over 35 years. Professor Davies is the Editor-in-Chief of International Aqua Feed magazine with a wide global circulation and on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals.
Professor Davies gained his Bachelors’ Degree in Biochemistry at Cardiff University in 1978 and subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Animal Nutrition at Newcastle in 1979 followed by a Doctorate at the prestigious Institute of Aquaculture in Stirling, Scotland in 1984 funded by the Animal Health Trust. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Idaho from 1984-86 funded by The Bank of America.
He has been director of Studies for 30 PhD students and over 100 Masters’ student projects. He led the acclaimed Masters programme in Sustainable Aquaculture Systems at Plymouth University.
His research is principally directed towards improving the production efficiency, health and welfare of farm raised fish and is internationally credited for providing new and better understanding of the nutritional requirements of fish and formulating effective feeds for their growth and development from the hatchery to the table. He promotes the use of sustainable resources and technology in this field. His fundamental work on defining fish nutritional requirements is being widely employed in industry for implementing feeding specifications, optimum management and correct diet formulations for different fish species.