Sam Davis

From Observatory

Sam Davis
Artist. Scientist

Sam Davis is a conservation scientist with Dogwood Alliance who works at the intersection of forests, climate and justice. A life-long treehugger, Sam earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 2015 at Wright State University and completed a postdoc at University of California Merced. Their work has been published by NOLA.com, Pressenza, Countercurrents, CounterPunch, NationofChange LA Progressive, and the Good Men Project.

Latest by this author

With a unique blend of academic excellence and unyielding passion for the environment, Dr. Sam Davis has made a significant impact in the world of conservation. Holding a doctoral degree in Environmental Science from Wright State University, they have dedicated their life to protecting our planet and its diverse ecosystems.

Sam's personal mission to "connect people to their wild hearts" is at the forefront of their work with the Dogwood Alliance, a leading organization in forest advocacy. Through innovative research and content development, Sam has been instrumental in raising awareness about the importance of preserving our natural habitats for the next generation.

Beyond their professional accomplishments, Sam's self-expression and creativity shine through in various aspects of their life. Their love for nature, culture, art, and writing is a testament to their multifaceted personality. Sam owns and runs a small business, Nonbeenary Designs, teaches Biology at a nearby university, and has published fiction, art, and many other creative projects.

Sam's unique voice and passion are what set them apart as an environmental activist. Their dedication to their craft, combined with their artistic sensibilities, allows them to connect with people from all walks of life, inspiring new generations of forest advocates. Sam is not only an expert in environmental science but also a powerful force for change.

Sam has been featured and quoted in print media, podcast, radio, and as a keynote speaker – usually on topics of the forests, environment, and justice.

In their free time, Sam works on a number of digital media projects, including graphic design and content development. Sam consults with other mission-focused small businesses to provide SEO, graphics, marketing, and web support.

Publications by this author

Messick, R. and Davis, S.. 2021. “Global Importance of Imperiled Old-growth Forests With an Emphasis on the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains” Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation.

Cipollini, D., Davis, S., Lieurance, D., Cipollini, K., and Bahn, V. 2020. “Biogeographic variation in resistance of the invasive plant, Alliaria petiolata, to a powdery mildew fungus and local influences on the frequency of resistance” Biological Invasions.

Davis, S., Perez, N., and S. Koester. 2019. “Forests Are Not Fuel” Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

Koester, S. and S. Davis. 2018. “Siting of wood pellet production facilities in environmental justice communities in the southeastern US.” Environmental Justice 11:2. Davis S.L. and D. Cipollini. 2016. “Range, genetic diversity, and future of the threatened butterfly, Pieris virginiensis. ” Insect Conservation and Diversity, 10.1111/icad.12189.

Davis S.L. and D. Cipollini. 2016. “Evidence for use of Alliaria petiolata in North America by the European cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae” Psyche, Article 9671506.

Davis S.L., Frisch T., Bjarnholt N. and D. Cipollini. 2015. “How does garlic mustard lure and kill the West Virginia White butterfly?” Journal of Chemical Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10886-015-0633-3.

Frisch, T., Agerbirk, N., Davis, S.L., Cipollini, D., Olsen, C.E., Motawie, M.S., Bjarnholt, N., and B.L. Moller. 2014. “Glucosinolate-related glucosides in Alliaria petiolata: Sources of variation in the plant and different metabolism in an adapted specialist herbivore, Pieris rapae.” Journal of Chemical Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10886-014-0509-y.

Davis, S.L. and D. Cipollini. 2014b. “Do mothers always know best? Oviposition mistakes and resulting larval failure of Pieris virginiensis on Alliaria petiolata, a novel, toxic host.” Biological Invasions 16:1941-1950.

Davis, S.L. and D. Cipollini. 2014a. “How environmental conditions and changing landscapes influence the survival and reproduction of a rare butterfly, Pieris virginiensis (Pieridae).” Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 68(1):61-65.

Research areas


Have you signed up yet?

We’re building a guide for everyday life, where experts will educate you about our world.