1701William " bill" d. davies grew up in ohio, completed a b. s. from purdue in 1962, a m. s. from ohio state university in 1964 and a ph. d. from n. c. state in 1970. he joined the faculty in 1970. his research and teaching area of specialization included fish stock assessment and farm pond management. he initially was assigned with a usaid-funded project in the northeast of brazil where he provided important guidance in reservoir fisheries management. at auburn he taught the various courses in fisheries management. in 1991 he was appointed as the butler/cunningham eminent scholar in agriculture and environmental issues. he continued to teach and advocate conservation and wise resource management. he retired in 1996 and took up residence in bend, oregon.