Richard E Connon

Associate Adjunct Professor

Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

Room 3205, Vet Med 3B, 1089 Veterinary Medicine Drive, Davis, CA 95616

1998, BS (Honours), Middlesex University, United Kingdom
2003, PhD, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, Pathogen Screening and Health Status of Outmigrating Chinook Salmon in the Delta, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Prop 1
Principal Investigator, Defining the fundamental niche of longfin smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys): physiological mechanisms of environmental tolerance., (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Prop 1
Principal Investigator, Contaminant Effects on Two California Fish Species and the Food Web That Supports Them, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife- Prop 1
Principal Investigator, High-throughput biomonitoring of aquatic invertebrates, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Co-Principal Investigator, Development of experimental system for Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys), Nann Fangue (Principal Investigator), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Principal Investigator, Impacts of salinity and turbidity on early-life stage Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys): Phase II, (Principal Investigator), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Co-Principal Investigator, Development of an adaptive reintroduction plan for the Delta smelt , Dr. Amanda J. Finger (Principal Investigator), California Department of Water Resources
Principal Investigator, Drought-related high water temperature impacts the health of California salmonids through disease, enhancing predation risks, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Prop 1
Co-Investigator, Linking biological scales across generations: An estuarine and marine model for measuring the ecological impact of endocrine disrupting compounds, Susanne Brander (UNCW) (Principal Investigator), US EPA STAR
Honors and Awards
1997 ERASMUS Exchange Program Award for Honors Research at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2018 Hasenbein S, Holland EB, Connon RE : Eyes to the future - Approaches to Assess Pesticide Impact on Surface Waters in a Changing Climate , Goh KS, Gan J, Luo Y, Young DF, (ed), Pesticides in Surface Water: Monitoring, Modeling, Risk Assessment, and Management; bk-2018-005775.R1, . 189-214.
Research Focus
My primary interest is in the mechanisms behind organisms' tolerance and adaptations to changing environments. My research focus is on the assessment of molecular responses to chemical exposures, and links to responses observed at higher levels of biological organization. I utilize fish models towards understanding the mechanism of action of agricultural and urban contaminants. Of particular interest are pesticides and pharmaceuticals and their impact on development, behavior and reproduction; relevant to both human and environmental health.
Specialty Focus
Environmental Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Biomarkers, Comparative Toxicogenomics, Transcriptomics, Epigenetics