Eric Davidson is a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Dr. Davidson’s research focuses on how human use of the landscape affects soil fertility and ecosystem health. He studies the exchange of plant nutrients from the land to streams and to groundwater and the exchange of greenhouse gases between the soil and the atmosphere.
In Brazil, his work addresses the recent clearing of Amazonian and Cerrado vegetation to create farms and cattle pastures and the subsequent regrowth of forests upon agricultural abandonment.
In New England, Davidson’s research addresses the legacies of agricultural abandonment about a century ago in central Massachusetts and current and previous logging practices in central Maine.
Davidson holds a Ph.D. in forestry from North Carolina State University, and he studied soil microbiology and biogeochemistry at the University of California and NASA Ames Research Center before moving to Woods Hole in 1991.
He has published over 100 research papers and is also an editor of the scientific journal, Global Change Biology.
He currently serves on Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Nitrogen Initiative and he served for ten years on the Science Steering Committee of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia.
He has been a PI in all three LBA-ECO phases and has conducted research in Brazil since 1992.
Davidson has written a popular book, You Can’t Eat GNP, which explores the links between economics and ecology for students and laypersons.