Dr. Mark Davis is DeWitt Wallace Professor of Biology at Macalester College in Minnesota, where his research and teaching interests include terrestrial ecology, animal behavior, plant systematics, and conservation biology. His work, especially on invasive species, has spurred debate and interest in the field - his seminal paper published in 2000 on a general theory of invasibility has been cited close to 3,000 times to date. He also authored a comprehensive review and skeptical re-examination of the field in his 2009 book Invasion Biology. His field research includes studies on how non-native grasses may influence the ability of woody plants to spread into grassland environments and a long-term study of the ecology and impact of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) - a widely introduced forest herbaceous species.
Mark Davis’ interests clearly extend beyond ecology into the history, philosophy, language, and practice of invasion biology. His seminar will provide a stimulating look at topics that have a clear impact on ecological research directions, as well as on the policy and practice of conservation, restoration, and landscape design more generally.
Room 2024, Samuel Trask Dana Building