Welcome to Anthony Davis!

The Oregon State University College of Forestry has named Anthony S. Davis as associate dean for research. Davis joins OSU from the University of Idaho, where he served as the director of the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research and as an associate professor of native plant regeneration and silviculture in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Science.

“An engaging and collaborative leader, we are thrilled to have Anthony (Davis) join the team,” said Thomas Maness, Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the OSU College of Forestry. “I am confident he will advance our research programs and continue the College’s proud tradition as an internationally-recognized leader in addressing forest management, natural resources, and environmental-related issues.”

Under Davis’ guidance at Idaho, the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research became a world-recognized leader in forest nursery science. Davis, who earned his doctorate at Purdue University, has conducted research to improve nursery production practices of native plants, restoration of degraded forests, and has studied the effects of environmental stresses on seedling growth and development.

“I am truly excited to join the OSU College of Forestry. The research conducted by the faculty in the College is recognized as leading both regionally and globally,” Davis said. “We face grand challenges in forestry-related issues. Working with the diverse group of faculty, staff, students and stakeholders to address these is an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

While at Idaho, Davis received a number of honors. In 2015 he received the Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award and in 2013 was named the Tom Alberg and Judith Beck Chair in Natural Resources, the first endowed chair at the institution.

In his position at OSU, which begins on June 30th, Davis will be responsible for the strategic development and the execution of innovative, effective, and respected research programs to help achieve the research mission of the College, Forest Research Laboratory, and the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes. During the 2015 fiscal year, the College of Forestry received $15.19-million in research revenue, with $13.13-million from sponsored research awards and $2.06-million from research cooperative dues and revenues.

Davis succeeds Steve Tesch, who will retire in 2017 after a 36-year career with the OSU College of Forestry.