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James H Jones
Professor and Researcher
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

101 EAPL
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 8528


Research Focus

Comparative physiology: respiratory, cardiovascular, exercise, metabolic, environmental, temperature regulation, allometry, biomechanics. Equine exercise physiology, sports medicine and transport stress.

Specialty Focus

Comparative Physiology


1972 Oceanography/Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
1974 BS Biological Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1974 BA Wildlife Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1976 MS Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1979 PhD Zoology/Comparative Physiology, Duke University, Durham, NC
1983 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Honors and Awards

2009 Keynote Speaker, 147th Annual Meeting, Japanese Society of Veterinary Science, Utsunomiya, Japan
2007 Hochachka Memorial Speaker, 7th International Congress of Comparative Physiology & Biochemisty, Salvador, Brazil
2006 Keynote speaker, 16th International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1996 Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate Honors thesis (faculty sponsor), Harvard University
1994 Novel EMED Research Award, Ulm, Germany
1989 Keynote speaker, “New Directions In Comparative Physiology,” Brazilian Physiological Society, São Sebastião, Brazil
1986 Scholander Award, American Physiological Society
1980 Visiting Scientist Fellowship, University of Cape Town, South Africa
1978-79 Duke University Graduate School Research Award
1974-76 Graduate research fellowship, Arizona Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
1974 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
1970 Vice Presidential appointment to United States Naval Academy


State Veterinary Licensure - Massachusetts
Accredited Veterinarian, US Department of Agriculture

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Reducing the Risk of Heat-Related Illness in Western Agricultural Workers: Physiologic and Behavioral Factors, PI, Marc Schenker SOM; Jones PI for physiology portion of project (Principal Investigator), NIOSH

Principal Investigator, Pulmonary Diffusing Capacity and Thoroughbred Racing Performance, (Principal Investigator), Japan Racing Association

Co-Investigator, Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety at UC Davis, Marc Schenker SOM (Principal Investigator), NIOSH

Principal Investigator, Development of Method to Quantify Net Anaerobic Power During Maximal Exercise, (Principal Investigator), Japan Racing Association

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 le Jeune SS, Willams CA, Pypendop BH, Ohmura H, Jones JH Does acupuncture acutely affect heart rate variability in horses? Journal of Equine Veterinary Science,
  • Link Icon 2014 Crocker GH, Jones JH Effects of oleic acid-induced lung injury on oxygen transport and aerobic capacity Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology,
  • Link Icon 2014 Crocker GH, Jones JH Hypoxia and CO alter O2 extraction but not peripheral diffusing capacity during maximal aerobic exercise European Journal of Applied Physiology,
  • Link Icon 2014 le Jeune SS, Jones JH Prospective study on the correlation of positive acupuncture scans and lameness in 102 performance horses American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2013 Ohmura H, Matsui A, Hada T, Jones JH Physiological responses of young Thoroughbred horses to intermittent high-intensity treadmill training Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica,
  • Link Icon 2013 Hawkins MG, Malka S, Pascoe PJ, Solano AM, Kass PH, Ohmura H, Jones JH Evaluation of the effects of dorsal versus lateral recumbency on the cardiopulmonary system during anesthesia with isoflurane in red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) American Journal of Veterinary Research,
  • Link Icon 2013 Dlugosz EM, Chappell MA, Meek TH, Szafranska P, Zub K, Konarzewski M, Jones JH, Bicudo JEPW, Nespolo RF, Careau V, Garland T Phylogenetic analysis of mammalian maximal oxygen consumption during exercise Journal of Experimental Biology,
  • Link Icon 2013 Crocker GH, Toth B, Jones JH Combined effects of inspired oxygen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide on oxygen transport and aerobic capacity Journal of Applied Physiology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Ohmura H, Hobo S, Hiraga A, Jones JH Changes in heart rate and heart rate variability during transportation of horses by road and air American Journal of Veterinary Research,
  • Link Icon 2012 Ohmura H, Boscan PL, Solano AM, Stanley SD, Jones JH Changes in heart rate, heart rate variability, and atrioventricular block during withholding of food in Thoroughbreds American Journal of Veterinary Research,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2000 Oikawa M, Jones JH: Studies of the causes and effects of transport-associated stress and shipping fever in athletic horses, Kohn, CW, (ed), Guidelines for Horse Transport by Road and Air, New York. 25-62, 117-23.

1998 Jones JH: Symmorphosis and the mammalian respiratory system: what is optimal design and does it exist?, Weibel ER, CR Taylor and L Bolis, (ed), Principles of Animal Design: The Optimization and Symmorphosis Debate, New York. 241-8.

1994 Jones JH: Circulatory function during exercise: integration of convection and diffusion, , Advances in Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine, San Diego. 217-51.

1993 Jones JH, Birks EK, Pascoe JR: Factors limiting aerobic performance, JEPW Bicudo, (ed), The Vertebrate Gas Transport Cascade:Adaptations to Environment and Mode of Life, Boca Raton, FL. 169-78.

1991 Jones JH, Longworth KE: Gas exchange at rest and during exercise in mammals, RA Parent, (ed), Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung, Boca Raton, FL. 271-308.