David Jones, Professor, Zoology
The late Dr. David Jones
is recognized as the preeminent comparative cardiovascular physiologist for his
work in elucidating the cardiovascular regulatory mechanisms of aquatic/marine mammals and birds.
research interests were in the study of heart rate and blood flow in diving animals and the impact of flow changes during submergence on metabolism.
research with diving birds and extended his
investigations to other habitually diving animals including the elephant seal and the leatherback turtle.
A secondary area of research interest for Dr. Jones
was with circulatory structure and function in a range of vertebrates and invertebrates.
work has implications for broadening our understanding of control processes, particularly of those functions controlled by the central nervous system.
Dr. Jones' research
required a sophisticated understanding of biological mechanisms with extraordinary technical skill.
One of the challenges in this area of inquiry is to replicate carefully controlled laboratory diving experiments in nature, with animals diving naturally.
An example of an area of research innovation pioneered by Dr. Jones
was the use of telemetry to sample data in field situations (e.g., during free dives).
published over 180 articles and book chapters.
He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and received, among other honours, the Flavelle Medal of the R.S.C. (2000), the Fry Medal of the Canadian Society of Zoologists (1991) and UBC Killam Research Prize (1993).
Dr. Jones served as administrative director of Zoology Animal Care at UBC.