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Eric Davidson
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Eric Davidson is Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, where he was also the Director from 2015 to 2021. He previously held positions as Senior Scientist and Director of the Woods Hole Research Center. His research includes terrestrial nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions from soils, global biogeochemical cycles, and sustainable agriculture. Davidson is Past President and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Publons Highly Cited Researcher. He served as the North American Center Director for the International Nitrogen Initiative and as the NASA Project Scientist for the Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia. He wrote a popular book about ecological economics, entitled You Can't Eat GNP. Davidson received a Ph.D. from the Department of Forestry at North Carolina State University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He has served as an editor for Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Global Change Biology, and Soil Science Society of America Journal, and his is currently a Senior Editor for AGU Advances.

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Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)
Office of Environmental Quality (ENV)

Eric Davidson serves as a science advisor to ENV. He is participating in negotiations of the Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP). He is assisting with preparations for the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2), including consideration of a resolution on reducing losses of reactive nitrogen to the environment. He is helping scope out the USG position on possible future negotiations of a new international agreement on plastic waste.