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Dr. Davis’s post-doctoral appointment covers project management and research. Dr. Davis supports, and conducts research with, the DataONE Usability and Assessments and Sociocultural Working Groups. As such she helps coordinate the usability testing of DataONE’s user tools and interface as well as a series of assessments of DataONE stakeholders’ practices and attitudes with respect to earth and environmental science data needs, management and sharing.
Dr. Davis’s research interests lie in the socio-cultural aspects of environmental science and information production, utilization and dissemination. Currently, she is interested in understanding how data management is conceptualized by different stakeholders and how that conceptualization relates to data management practices and the development of, and investment in, environmental information education. She is also interested in environmental information management education with respect to science faculty, professionals and students. Previous research addressed the human dimensions of natural resource management with a specific focus on private forest landowners and natural resource professionals. Dr. Davis holds an MSc in Forestry and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.