Associate Professor of Professional Practice
PhD, Physics, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1999 MS, Physics, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1996 BS, Physics, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, 1986
Atmospheric physics, surface physics, and quantum optics. Critical science communication, principally focused on climate change and sustainable human systems.
Dr. Davies' work focuses on global environmental change, sustainable human systems, and scientific storytelling - for critically important stories. The critically important story emerging from science is a clear and coherent picture of extreme risk. Humans are now the largest force for change on the planet - a fact that has led the world's geologist to propose a new geologic epoch: the Anthropocene. While roadmaps for changing course do exist, society has yet to plot the course. While the facts are well known by the scientist who study global change, but those facts have yet to permeate society because connecting people to meaning is not what science does best. Telling critically important stories powerfully and meaningfully, in such a way as to build a common scientific foundation of understanding in the public consciousness - a foundation from which we can begin to build a meaningful response - is the focus of Dr. Davies' work. Much of this communication work involves collaboration with artists - including visual artists, composers, performance musicians, actors, writers and filmmakers.