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P. Thompson Davis

Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Research Affiliate, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Univ. Colorado
Post-doctoral appointment, Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, 2001
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1980
M.A., University of Maine, 1976
B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1972
Office: Jennison Hall 202 | 781.891._3479 | pdavis@bentley.edu
Department Phone: 781.891._2973 | Department Fax: 781.891.2838
                       


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Bio

Research interests include glacial geology and climate change in arctic and alpine areas. Funded by numerous research grants from National Science Foundation for field work on Baffin Island in Canadian Arctic and in the American Cordillera. Also, numerous publications on glacial and climate history of mountainous areas of New England.

Teaching Interests

Global Climate Change; Weather and Climate; Global Climate Change (in New Zealand); Water and the Environment (Introductory Hydrology); Science of Sustainability; Principles of Geology (including in Iceland)

Research Interests

Glacial and Quaternary geology; Holocene glacier fluctuations and climate change; geomorphology of landslides; Quaternary palynology; lacustrine sedimentology alpine geomorphology; glacial erosional and depositional processes

Consulting/Practice Interests

Surficial geology quadrangle mapping; dimension and ornamental stone assessments; sand and gravel aggregate assessments; State of New Hampshire Licensed Professional Geologist No. 434

Professional Memberships

American Association for Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
International Glaciological Society
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
American Meteorological Society

Awards and Honors

2010, Elected as Fellow, Geological Society of America
2008, Bentley Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award
2006, Elected as second-ever Historian for Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, Geological Society of America
1996, Elected as Fellow to Geological Association of Canada
1991, Bentley College faculty fellowship
1989, Bentley College Award for Excellence in Research
1989, Bentley College faculty fellowship
1988, Bentley College faculty fellowship
1977, Antarctic Service Medal
1975, J. Hoover Award, Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, Geological Society of America
1971, AMAX award to attend geology field camp

Publications

Journal Articles
Menounos, B., Clague, J. J., Osborn, G., Davis, P. T., Ponce, F., Goehring, B., Mauer, M., Rabassa, J., Coronato, A., Marr, R. (2013). Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacier fluctuations in southernmost Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Quaternary Science Reviews, 77, 70-79.

Osborn, G., Menounos, B., Ryane, C., Riedel, J., Clague, J. J., Koch, J., Clark, D., Scott, K., Davis, P. T., , . (2012). Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacier fluctuations on Mt. Baker, Washington. Quaternary Science Reviews, 49, 33-51.

Davis, P. T., Menounos, B., Osborn, G. (2009). Holocene and latest Pleistocene alpine glacier fluctuations: A global perspective. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28 (21-22), 2021-2033.

Briner, J. P., Davis, P. T., Miller, G. H. (2009). Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glaciation of Baffin Island, Arctic Canada: Key patterns and chronologies. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28 (21-22), 2075-2087.

Ward, L. G., Zaprowski, B. J., Trainer, K. D., Davis, P. T. (2008). Stratigraphy, pollen history and geochronology of tidal marshes in a Gulf of Maine estuarine system: Climatic and relative sea level impacts. Marine Geology, 256 (1-4), 1-17.

Davis, P. T., Briner, J. P., Coulthard, R. D., Finkel, R. C., Miller, G. H. (2006). Preservation of Arctic landscapes overridden by cold-based ice sheets. Quaternary Research, 65, 156-163.

Briner, J. P., Miller, G. H., Davis, P. T., Finkel, R. C. (2006). Cosmogenic radionuclides from differentially weathered fiord landscapes support differential erosion by overriding ice sheets. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 118, 406-420.

Briner, J. P., Miller, G. H., Davis, P. T., Finkel, R. C. (2005). Cosmogenic exposure dating in arctic glacial landscapes: Implications for the glacial history of northeastern Baffin Island, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 67-84.

Briner, J. P., Miller, G. H., Davis, P. T., Bierman, P. R., Caffee, M. (2003). Last Glacial Maximum ice sheet dynamics in Arctic Canada inferred from young erratics perched on ancient tors. Quaternary Sciences Reviews, 22 (5-7), 437-444.

Brown, S. L., Bierman, P. R., Lini, A., Davis, P. T., Southon, J. R. (2002). Reconstructing lake and drainage basin history using terrestrial sediment layers analysis of cores from a post-glacial lake in New England, USA. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28 (2), 219-236.

McGeehin, J., Burr, G. S., Jull, A. T., Gosse, J., Davis, P. T., Southon, J. R. (2001). Stepped-combustion 14C dating of sediment: A comparison with established techniques. Radiocarbon, 43 (2A), 255-261.

Reasoner, M. R., Davis, P. T., Osborn, G. (2001). Evaluation of proposed early-Holocene advances of alpine glaciers in the North Cascade Range, Washington state, USA: Constraints provided by palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. The Holocene, 11 (5), 607-611.

Marsella, K. A., Bierman, P. R., Davis, P. T., Caffee, M. W. (2000). Cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al ages for the Last Glacial Maximum, eastern Baffin Island, arctic Canada. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 112 (7), 1296-1312.

Bierman, P. R., Marsella, K. A., Patterson, C., Davis, P. T., Caffee, M. (1999). Mid-Pleistocene cosmogenic minimum-age limits for pre-Wisconsinan glacial surfaces in southwestern Minnesota and southern Baffin Island: A multiple nuclide approach. Geomorphology, 27, 25-39.

Davis, P. T., Bierman, P. R., Marsella, K. A., Caffee, M. W., Southon, J. R. (1999). Cosmogenic analysis of glacial terrains in the eastern Canadian Arctic: A test for inherited nuclides and the effectiveness of glacial erosion. Annals of Glaciology, 28, 181-188.

Davis, P. T. (1999). Cirques of the Presidential Range, New Hampshire, and surrounding alpine areas in northeastern United States. Geographie physique et Quaternaire, 53 (1), 25-45.

Books
Eusden, J. D, Thompson, W. B, Fowler, B. K, Davis, P. T, Bothner, W. A, Boisvert, R. A, Creasy, J. W. (2013). The Geology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Lyme, New Hampshire: Durand Press.

Book Chapters
Davis, P. T, Johnston, R. A, Bierman, P. R, Caldwell, D. W. (2013). Glacial history of Mount Katahdin (Ktaadn), Maine. In L.S. Hanson (Eds.), Guidebook for Field Trips in North-Central Maine, New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, 105th annual meeting, Millinocket, Maine (pp. 125-138) (link)

Davis, P. T, Johnston, R. A, Weddle, T. K, Bierman, P. B, Caldwell, D. W. (2010). Glacial history of Mount Katahdin (Ktaadn), Maine. In C. Gerbe (Eds.), Guidebook for Field Trips in Coastal and Interior Maine (pp. 33-44). Orono, Maine: . New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference

Rogers, J. N, Fowler, B. K, McCoy, W. D, Davis, P. T. (2009). Post-glacial mass wasting in Franconia Notch, White Mountains, New Hampshire. In Westerman, D.S., Lathrop, A.S. (Eds.),  (pp. 199-223). Lyndon State College and Norwich University, Norwich, VT: . New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference

Dethier, D. P, Benedict, J. B, Birkeland, P. W, Caine, N, Davis, P. T, others, a. 5. (2003). Quaternary stratigraphy, geomorphology, soils, and alpine archeology in an alpine-to-plains transect, Colorado Front Range. In Easterbrook, D.J (Eds.),  (pp. 81-104). Reno, NV: . Desert Research Institute

Davis, P. T, Bierman, P. R, Brigham-Grette, J, Fitzgerald, D. M, Fowler, B. K, others, . (2003). Quaternary and geomorphic processes and landforms along a traverse across northern New England, U.S.A. In Easterbrook, D.J (Eds.),  (pp. 365-398). Reno, NV: . Desert Research Institute

Bierman, P. R, Caffe, M. W, Davis, P. T, Marsella, K. A, Pavich, M, others, a. 3. (2002). Rates and timing of Earth surface processes from in situ-produced cosmogenic 10-Be. In Grew, E.S (Eds.), Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (pp. 147-205). Washington, D.C: . Mineralogical Society of America

Allen, T. T, Creasy, J. W, Davis, P. T, Eusden, J. D, Fowler, B. K, Thompson, W. B. (2001). The Notches: Bedrock and surficial geology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. In West, D.P, Bailey, R.H (Eds.),  (pp. C1-33). Boulder, CO: . Geological Society of America

Davis, P. T. (1989). Quaternary glacial history of Mt. Katahdin and the nunatak hypothesis. In R.D. Tucker and R.G. Marvinney (Eds.), Studies in Maine Geology, Quaternary Geology (pp. 119-134). Augusta, Maine: . Maine Geological Survey

Short, S. K, Mode, W. N, Davis, P. T. (1985). The Holocene record from Baffin Island: Modern and fossil pollen studies, chapter 22. Quaternary Environments: Eastern Canadian Arctic, Baffin Bay, and West Greenland (pp. 608-642). London: . Allen & Unwin

Davis, P. T. (1985). Neoglacial moraines on Baffin Island, chapter 24. In J.T. Andrews (Eds.), Quaternary Environments: Eastern Canadian Arctic, Baffin Bay, and West Greenland (pp. 682-718). London: . Allen & Unwin

Andrews, J. T, Barry, R. G, Ives, J. D, Williams, L. W, Davis, P. T. (1975). The Laurentide ice sheet: Problems of the mode and speed of inception. WMO/IAMAP Symposium on Long-term Climatic fluctuations (421 ed.) (pp. 87-94). World Meterological Organization

Other(s)
Davis, P. T, Szymanski, D. W, , . (2011). Letter to Editor in rebuttal to John E. Sununu op ed piece promoting fracking shale gas. Boston Globe

Davis, P. T. (1980). Late Holocene glacial, vegetational, and climatic history of the Pangnirtung and Kingnait Fiord area, Baffin Island, N.W.T., Canada.

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Lyons, R., Wilkinson, K., Foley, K., McGarry, M., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Aviles, L. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Davis, P. T., Machelett, B., Gosse, J. (2013). High-resolution grain size signal from Titcomb Lakes in Wind River Range, Wyoming, correlates with NGRIP late-glacial climate record. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America, 125th Annual Meeting, v. 45, p. 259, Denver, Colorado.

Davis, P. T., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Aviles, L., Miller, S. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's AGU Chapman Conference - Communicating Climate Science, Granby, CO.

Davis, P. T., Machalett, B., Gosse, J. (2013). Late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoclimate and alpine glacier fluctuations recorded by high-resolution grain-size data from an alpine lake sediment core, Wind River Range, Wyoming, USA. Presented at the European Geophysical Union's European Geophysical Union, Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria.

Menounos, B., Goehring, B., Osborn, G., Clague, J. J., Davis, P. T., Lakeman, T., Schaefer, J., Koch, J., Clarke, G., . (2012). Are late-Pleistocene climate reconstructions from cirque and valley moraines possible in regions of decaying ice sheets?. Presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU)'s American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). Exploring Corn-Ethanol as a Complex Problem to Teach Sustainability Concepts across the Science-Business-Liberal Arts Curriculum. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Marcott, S. A., Clark, P. U., Shakun, J. D., Hosteetler, S. W., Brook, E. J., Alder, J. R., Novak, A. M., Caffee, M. W., Davis, P. T. (2012). 10Be-based chronologies of cirque glaciation across western North America . Presented at the Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Osborn, G., Davis, P. T. (2012). Influences of Late-glacial and Holocene glacial activity on alpine geomorphology of the North American Cordillera. Presented at the Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability: Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum. Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Menounos, B., Mauer, M., Clague, J. J., Osborn, G., Ponce, F., Davis, P. T., Rabassa, J., Coranato, J., Marr, R. (2011). "Latest Pleistocene and Holocene Glacier Fluctuations in southernmost Patagonia." Presented at the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, San Francisco.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T. (2011). Preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront environmental challenges. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Marcott, S. A., Clark, P. U., Hostetler, S. W., Shakun, J. D., Brook, E. J., Alder, J. R., Novak, A. M., Caffee, M. W., Davis, P. T., , . (2011). "10Be chronologies of cirque glaciation across western North America." Presented at the International Quaternary Association's 18th INQUA Congress, Abstracts with Programs, Bern, Swtizerland.

Osborn, G., Davis, P. T., Menounos, B., , . (2011). "What causes regional differences in Holocene and Latest Pleistocene glacier advances in North America?" Presented at the International Quaternary Association's 18th INQUA Congress, Abstracts with Programs, Bern, Switzerland.

Marcott, S. A., Clark, P. U., Hostetler, S. W., Shakun, J. D., Alder, J. R., Brook, E. J., Novak, E. M., Caffee, M. W., Davis, P. T. (2010). 10Be chronologies of cirque glaciation across western North America. Presented at the American Quaternary Association, 21st Biennial Meeting, Laramie, Wyoming.

Davis, P. T., Marcott, S. A., Clark, P. U., Osborn, G., Menounos, B., Clague, J., Riedel, J., Scott, K. (2010). "A review of key chronologies for latest Pleistocene and Holocene alpine glaciation acros western United States." Presented at the American Quaternary Association, 21st Biennial Meeting, Laramie, Wyoming.

Samolczyk, M. A., Osborn, G., Menounos, B., Clague, J., Davis, P. T., Riedel, J., Koch, K. (2010). "Constructing a record of late Holocene glacier fluctuations at Mount Rainier using later moaine stratigraphy." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Denver, Colorado.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T., Ledley, F. D. (2010). Integrating Earth and environmental science into a business curriculum toward enhanced workforce science literacy. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Marcott, S. A., Clark, P. U., Shakun, J. D., Brook, E. J., Novak, A. M., Davis, P. T. (2009). "A latest Pleistocene and Holocene chronology of alpine glaciation for western North America." Presented at the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, San Francisco.

Samolczyk, M. A., Osborn, G., Menounos, B., Clague, J. J., Davis, P. T., Riedel, P. (2009). "Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacier fluctuations at Mount Rainier, Washington." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Portland, Oregon.

Davis, P. T., Pollock, L., Doner, L., Fowler, B. (2009). "Basal radiocarbon age from Big Pea Porridge Pond, Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire, and its relationship to the regional deglacial chronology." Presented at the Northeastern Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine.

Doner, L., Pollock, L., Davis, P. T., Fowler, B. K. (2009). "Lagged lake-temperature responses to deglacial and early Holocene environmental changes at Big Pea Porridge Pond, Madison, New Hampshire." Presented at the Northeastern Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine.

Fowler, B. K., Doner, L., Pollock, L., Davis, P. T. (2009). "Madison Hills Paleoecology project (MPEP): Citizen science and a novel approach to funding a lake-sediment study in New Hampshire." Presented at the Northeastern Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine.

Pollock, L., Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Fowler, B. K. (2009). "Preliminary analysis of subfossil midge remains (Diptera: Chironomidae) in sediments from Big Pea Porridge Pond, east-central New Hampshire." Presented at the Northeastern Geological Society of America, Portland, Maine.

Briner, J. P., Bini, A. C., Anderson, R. S., Davis, P. T., Miller, G. H. (2008). "Using 10Be dating to pace Laurentide ice sheet retreat in polar landscapes: Rapid fiord deglaciation on Baffin Island, Arctic Canada." Presented at the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Ryane, C., Menounos, B., Osborn, G., Clague, J., Davis, P. T. (2008). "Holocene Glacier fluctuations on Mt. Baker, Washington, USA." Presented at the Canadian Geophysical Union annual meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Davis, P. T., Tary, A. K., Dowling, E., Varga, P. (2008). "Teaching introductory hydrology using the Hobbs Brook Reservoir Watershed in eastern Massachusetts as a case study." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Houston, Texas.

Clark, D., Ryane, C., Tucker, D., Davis, P. T., Bowerman, N., others, a. s. (2007). "New stratigraphic constraints on Holocene glacier advances at Mt. Baker." Presented at the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Davis, P. T., Osborn, G., Ryane, C., Menounos, B., Clague, J. (2007). "Little Ice Age fluctuations of glaciers on Mt. Baker, Washington." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Bellingham, Washington.

Osborn, G., Davis, P. T., Menounos, B., Koch, J., Clague, J., Ryane, C. (2007). "Mid-Holocene glacial activity in British Columbia and Washington." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Bellingham, Washington.

Ryane, C., Osborn, G., Scott, K., Menounos, B., Davis, P. T., others, a. t. (2007). "The use of tephra to reinterpret early Holocene glacial history at Mount Baker." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Bellingham, Washington.

Menounos, B., Davis, P. T., Osborn, G. (2007). "Holocene and latest Pleistocene alpine glacier fluctuations in western Canada and continental United States." Presented at the Seventeenth INQUA Congress, Cairns, Australia.

Reidel, J. L., Ryane, C., Osborn, G., Davis, P. T., Menounos, B., others, a. f. (2006). "Do glaciers on Cascade volcanoes behave differently than other glaciers in the region?" Presented at the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Davis, P. T., Van Hollen, D., Osborn, G., Ryane, C., Menounos, B., al, e. (2006). "Did Neoglaciation begin as early as 6400 cal years ago?" Presented at the Geological Society of America, Philadelphia.

Davis, P. T., Osborn, G., Menounos, B., Ryane, C., Clague, J., al, e. (2005). "New evidence for Holocene glacier fluctuations on Mt. Baker, Washington." Presented at the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Miller, G. H., Briner, J. P., Kaplan, M. R., Lifton, N. A., Davis, P. T., al, e. (2005). "Resolving the role of cold-based ice along the NE Laurentide margin: New insights from a decade of cosmogenic exposure dating." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Salt Lake City.

Briner, J. P., Kaufman, D. S., Manley, W. F., Miller, G. H., Davis, P. T., Finkel, R. W. (2004). "Late Pleistocene glacial histories from the NW and NE corners of North America." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Denver.

Coulthard, R. D., Davis, P. T., Briner, J. P., Miller, G. H. (2004). "LGM glaciation of the Aston Lowland, Baffin Island, eastern Canadian Arctic: Relict deglacial landscapes preserved under cold-based ice." Presented at the Geological Society of America, Denver.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Search Committee for Psychology Position, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Scholarly Activities Committee, 1987 - Present
Committee Member for Search Committee for Biological Chemistry Position, 2012 - 2013

University Service
Co-Chair for Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2009 - 2012

Professional Service
Historian for Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division Historian, Geological Society of America, 2006

Public Service
Member for Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team (PVSART), 2005 - Present
Member for Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen, 2003 - Present
Member for Dartmouth Outing Club Trails Program, 1998 - Present