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James H Jones- BA, BS, DVM, MS, PhD
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

101 EAPL
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 8528


Research Focus

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

Specialty Focus



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 Licensure - Massachusetts
Accredited Veterinarian, US Department of Agriculture

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Animal Test Data to Support the Development of Mathematical Modeling of Human Performance Decrement under Traumatic Conditions (Lung Injury), (Principal Investigator), U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (through L-3/Jaycor)

Principal Investigator, Effect of Treatment with Low Doses of Hydrocortisone on Blood Pressure and Mortality in Dogs with Septic Shock, (J. Burkitt PI for actual study, JHJ titular) (Principal Investigator), American Kennel Club/Canine Health Foundation

Principal Investigator, Heat Illness Prevention Study, (M. Schenker SOM PI of WAHC overall project) (Principal Investigator), NIOSH/Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • 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 2012 Jones JH Circulatory hypertension in exercising Thoroughbred horses: comparative allometric, adaptive and physiopathological aspects Japanese Journal of Electrocardiology,
  • 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,
  • Link Icon 2010 Hobo S, Niwa H, Anzai T, Jones JH Changes in serum antibody levels after vaccination for strangles and after intranasal challenge with Streptococcus equi subsp. equi in horses Journal of Equine Science,
  • Link Icon 2010 Colahan P, Jackson C, Rice B, Szabo N, Jones JH The effect of sildenafil citrate administration on selected physiologic parameters of exercising Thoroughbred horses Equine Veterinary Journal,
  • Link Icon 2010 Mukai K, Hiraga A, Takahashi T, Ohmura H, Jones JH Effects of three warm-up regimens of equal distance on VO2 kinetics during supramaximal exercise in Thoroughbred horses Equine Veterinary Journal,
  • Link Icon 2010 Ohmura H, Mukai K, Takahashi T, Matsui A, Hiraga A, Jones JH Comparison of net anaerobic energy utilisation estimated by plasma lactate accumulation rate and accumulated oxygen deficit in Thoroughbred horses Equine Veterinary Journal,
  • Link Icon 2009 Malka S, Hawkins MG, Jones JH, Pascoe PJ, Kass PH, Wisner ER Effect of body position on respiratory system volumes in anesthetized red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) as measured via computed tomography American Journal of Veterinary Research,
  • Link Icon 2009 Nieto JE, Snyder JR, Vatistas NJ, Jones JH Effect of gastric ulceration on physiologic responses to exercise in horses 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, C.W., (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, J.H. Jones, (ed), Comparative Vertebrate Exercise Physiology: Unifying Physiological Principles, San Diego. 217-51.

1993 Jones JH, Birks EK, Pascoe JR: Factors limiting aerobic performance, J.E.P.W. 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, R.A. Parent, (ed), Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung, Vol. I, Boca Raton, FL. .