Eric Davidson

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University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Appalachian Laboratory
301 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532
Phone: 301-689-7204

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

nitrogen, carbon, greenhouse gases, nutrient cycles, land use change, nitrous oxide, soil, sustainable agriculture

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Biographical Sketch

Eric A. Davidson is Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, MD. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist and served a term as President and Executive Director at the Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, MA. His research in biogeochemistry includes the exchange of plant nutrients from the land to streams and groundwater and the exchange of greenhouse gases between the soil and the atmosphere. He works in a variety of ecosystems, including forests and agricultural lands in North and South America. Davidson holds a Ph.D. in forestry from North Carolina State University and held post-doctoral positions in soil microbiology and biogeochemistry at the UC-Berkeley and the NASA Ames Research Center. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is Fellow and Past-President of the 60,000-member scientific society, the American Geophysical Union. He served as the Coordinator of the North American Center for the International Nitrogen Initiative and was the leader of a Research Coordination Network on Reactive Nitrogen in the Environment. Davidson has written a popular book, You Can’t Eat GNP, which explores the links between economics and ecology for students and laypersons. Davidson is on sabbatical for the 2021-2022 academic year as a Jefferson Science Fellow working in the Office of Environmental Quality of the U.S. Department of State.


  • Ph.D. 1986. Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University.
  • A.B. 1978. Oberlin College.  Biology major

Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

Other Research

Title:                On-Farm Research on Drainage Water Management to Reduce Nitrogen and Phosphorus Leaching: Trade-Offs with N2O and CH4 Emissions
Source:            U.S. Department Of Agriculture

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