Davis is an ecologist who has received national grants, including several from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of fire and climate change on prairies and oak savannas. Davis is interested in both regional and global ecological issues. He was named the 1995 Minnesota College Science Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Academy of Science and Minnesota Association of Science Teachers. EDUCATION: A.B., Ed.M., Harvard University Ph.D., Dartmouth College Davis has been teaching at Macalester since 1981.
Population and plant community dynamics involving garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in a Minnesota Oak Woodland: a four year study (with Clare MacMillen, Marta LeFevre-Levy, Casey Dallavalle, Nolan Kriegel, Stephen Tyndel, Yuris Martinez, Michael D. Anderson, and Jerald D. Dosch), The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society (2014)
The population dynamics and ecological effects of garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, in a Minnesota oak woodland (with Abby Colehour, Jo Daney, Elizabeth Foster, Clare Macmillen, Emily Merrill, Joseph O'Neil, Margaret Pearson, Megan Whitney, Michael D. Anderson, and Jerald J. Dosch), American Midland Naturalist (2012)
Contributions to Books
Invasive Plants and Animals Species: Threats to Ecosystem Services, Climate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources (2013)
Invasive Species, Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction (2013)
Researching invasive species 50 years after Elton: A cautionary tale, Fifty years of invasion ecology. The legacy of Charles Elton. (2011)