Frank Davis, Director of NCEAS

Frank Davis is Executive Director of the Long Term Ecological Research Network Communications Office (LTER NCO) and professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are in landscape ecology, biogeography and conservation planning. Founder and Director of the UCSB Biogeography Lab, he has studied the biogeography and conservation of California plant communities, particularly foothill oak woodlands and maritime chaparral. His current research focuses on the ecological implications of climate change for California plant species and ecosystems, including studies of the cumulative effects of renewable energy development, land use and climate change in the California Deserts, and collaborative research on cross-scale effects of climate change on California forests and woodlands.

Frank’s conservation planning and landscape ecology studies have taught him the importance of collaboration and synthesis in ecological research. He served as the first Deputy Director of NCEAS between 1995 and 1998, and again as Director of NCEAS between 2012 and 2016. As Principal Investigator for the California Gap Analysis Project he led a team that produced the first systematic statewide assessment of the conservation and management status of California plant communities and wildlife habitats. He served as a member of the Science Team and directed the GIS team for the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project. For a decade he contributed to the independent scientific review of the Everglades Restoration Project, chairing the National Research Council’s Committee that produced the 2010 evaluation and progress report.

Frank is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of California, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, and past member of the National Research Council Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He is also a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and a Google Science Communication Fellow. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Williams College in 1975 and Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1982.

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