Anthony S. Davis


Anthony S. Davis is Associate Professor of Native Plant Regeneration and Silviculture in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. Dr. Davis was named the Tom Alberg and Judi Beck Chair in Natural Resources in February 2013, the first endowed chair at the University of Idaho. His research program focuses on all aspects of native plant nursery production as well as the behavior of plants under varied environmental conditions, specifically for the restoration of degraded ecosystems and improved forest regeneration practices. Dr. Davis is Director of the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, an integrated teaching, research, and outreach program featuring a production nursery and state of the art seedling quality laboratory at the University of Idaho.  With up to $1,000,000 in annual research, teaching, service, and outreach expenditures, his program features a large team of graduate students, research scientists, undergraduate research assistants and support staff working on both basic and applied regeneration issues. Since 2007 Dr. Davis has published more than 30 manuscripts in this field and has made broad contributions to nursery production techniques. He has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick (Canada) and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University (USA).

The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research

The Davis Lab Group operates as the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research (CFNSR). The mission of the CFNSR, achieved through our faculty, staff, students, collaborators and facilities, focuses on native plant regeneration. We teach students and professionals, conduct relevant scholarship and serve the native plant industry and Idahoans by sharing information and producing high-quality nursery stock. This mission leads to a set of five goals:

  1. For research to improve regeneration success for seedling users in the sustainable use, conservation and restoration of native plants and their habitats

  2. To produce top-quality nursery stock relevant to the needs of Idahoans

  3. For graduates to be leaders in their fields

  4. To be the source of information for those seeking help in native plant regeneration

  5. To be sufficiently funded to strongly support graduate and undergraduate students with perennial assistantships, scholarships, and awards