Dr. Sarah Davis Receives OURC Funding

Madison Koenig
March 27, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Davis on receiving funding from the Ohio University Research Committee!

Davis, an assistant professor in the environmental studies program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, received $7,979 to complete her project “Resolving Age-mediated Responses of Forest Carbon Sequestration to Climate Change.”  Scott Comisford, a graduate student in the environmental studies program, will assist with this project.

Dr. Davis aims to predict the change in carbon sinks in future forests.  As carbon sinks, forests absorb more carbon dioxide than they produce, playing a crucial role in global carbon cycling by removing 31% of anthropogenic, or human-produced, carbon emissions every year.  However, physiological changes occur in forests as they age and as the global climate changes.

So far, scientists have mostly tested young forests’ response to changes in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and then assume that the same results would be true for old forests, but Davis wants to test this assumption.  Her research will be useful for scientists estimating ecosystem carbon balances, future forest conditions, and future climate.

The Ohio University Research Committee is funded by the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.  This program provides seed money for new faculty and administrative staff members or established applicants seeking to start a new direction in their research.

Once again, congratulations to Dr. Davis!