• Ph.D. Economics, University of Oregon, 1995
  • M.S. University of Oregon, 1994
  • B.S. United States Military Academy, 1985

Before COA

Davis received a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1985, after which he served for five years in the field artillery and completed Airborne, Air Assault, and Jungle schools. He left the U.S. Army as a Captain in 1990, and earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon in 1995. While at the University of Oregon he received the Kliensorge Award for Teaching Excellence and served as a consultant to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its study of the economic impact of critical habitat designation for the endangered marbled murrelet.

Scholarly and Creative Interests

Davis was originally trained in neoclassical microeconomics, but his research interests have expanded to include development economics, ecological economics, new institutional economics, and sustainable community development. 

His teaching and research in Yucatan led him to develop an alternative to cost-benefit analysis that better incorporates community sustainability into project assessment. He has presented papers that model the human ecology of forests, expand the concepts of community sustainability, develop tools for ecotourism planning and operations, and examine the economics of community supported fisheries. Davis recently completed a year-long, NSF-supported research project with a group of other COA faculty and students that examined the economic, social, and environmental feasibility of increasing the use of wood for home heating in Hancock County. His current research efforts include the economics of food systems, the role of institutions in shaping economic development (new institutional economics) and the ecological economics of resource collapse. 

More About Me

Davis’ non-academic interests include family farming and resilient living.

Community Engagement and Advocacy

He serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).


His research and book reviews have been published in the Southern Economic Journal, Ecological Economics, the Human Ecology Review, and Community Development.