Before founding Lambda Bioremediation Systems, Jo Davison spent 17 years in the field of environmental sciences and microbiology as an educator, earning dual Masters Degrees in the fields of Education and Environmental Science at West Virginia University. She also studied and tested 70 mine ponds in Ohio, WV, KY and PA as part of her post graduate work at WVU. Ms. Davison spent her entire 30+ year career as President and Research Director of LBSI, developing hundreds of formulas and protocols to handle almost any hazardous, non-radioactive situation, including:
- acid mine drainage
- heavy metals contamination such as arsenic, lead, manganese and cadmium
- industrial waste waters, PCBs, oil and industrial waste spills
- landfill leachate
- degradation of pesticides, chemicals, etc.
- degradation of cyanide in contaminated soil and water,
- industrial acid spills
- algae pond treatments
- other common contaminates of water and land.
Ms. Davison also developed a microbial consortium to remove iron, sulfur, manganese, nitrates and aluminum from coal fines, increasing their BTU's in the process as well as removing the precursors of acid rain. Ms. Davison's acid mine drainage technology has been studied as part of the micro-environmental curriculum at West Virginia University.
As an educator, Ms. Davison developed environmental micro courses and was a specialist in environmental sciences, microbiology, limnology and wetlands. She had a total of 35 years in the environmental field and helped to develop the microbiology curriculum at West Virginia University. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the West Virginia Academy of Science in recognition of her research in this area. Ms. Davison received the prestigious Science Teacher of the Year award ten times during her tenure in West Virginia and the state designated an annual science award in her name. Ms. Davison is the recipient of three Presidential Environmental Youth Awards, sponsored by the US EPA, two from President Jimmy Carter and one from President Ronald Reagan for her work as an advisor for the Nuttall Senior Naturalists given for outstanding achievement in environmental protection services. She created internship programs at Miami of Ohio University and Otterbein College in Ohio and also trained interns from West Virginia University, Ohio State, Ohio Wesleyan, Antioch, and Bowling Green. She was a member of the American Society for Microbiology and worked with such groups as the U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the West Virginia Academy of Science. Ms. Davison presented papers to such groups as the U.S. Dept. of Energy Conference in Las Vegas, NV; Hazardous Waste Conference in Pensacola, FL and the West Virginia Academy of Science and several West Virginia Annual Surface Mine Drainage Task Force Symposiums. Papers on both the Mahoning River and U.S. Navy Superfund sites were presented on her behalf at the Eighth International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium in Baltimore, MD in 2005.