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Cleve Davis, Ph.D.

Data Scientist

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Dr. Cleve Davis joined the INL in April 2020. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in botany from Idaho State University in 2000 he worked for the Bureau of Land Management as botanist. He then went on to complete a master’s degree in anthropology in 2010, where he contributed to preserving the Bannock language. In 2011, Davis enrolled at University of Idaho (UI) as a fellow of the National Science Foundation’s(NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship. While at UI he studied the impacts of invasive species upon native biodiversity in the Palouse prairie of the Pacific Northwest. He is also an Indigenous STEM Research and Graduate Education scholar, a NSF program designed to increase the number of Native American students pursuing doctorates or master's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. While pursuing his doctorate, he also served as environmental coordinator for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at Fort Hall. When he received his Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Idaho (UI), he was the first member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to earn a Ph.D. in the sciences. In 2016, he became an adjunct professor of anthropology at ISU while also working as a research scientist with NativeSci. Dr. Davis is also experienced with designing and installing residential hybrid renewable energy systems.​


​B.S., Science, Botany - Idaho State University

M.S., Anthropology - Idaho State University

Ph.D., Environmental Science - University of Idaho


Web Development and Coding Certificate - Oregon State University

Academic Certificate, Statistics - University of Idaho

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in GeoTechnology -Idaho State University


Comparing Patterns of Ventenata dubia Invasion in Two Pacific Northwest Bunchgrass Systems: L. Jones, C. Davis, and T. Prather, Invasive Plant Science and Management 2020.

Treaty and Trust Responsibility Funding Trends in Indian Country: Focus on the Indian Health Service: C Davis, Journal of Native Sciences 2020.

The Palouse Prairie, A Vanishing Indigenous Peoples Garden: C Davis Journal of Native Sciences 2019.

Racist and Colonizing Metaphors: C Davis, Indian Country Today 2017.

The Tribal Member Treaty Rights Handbook – Take Only What You Need: C Davis, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 2015.

Biodiversity and Culturally Significant Plants of the Palouse Prairie: C Davis, University of Idaho (PhD Dissertation) 2015.

A Comparative Analysis of the Bannock Dialect of the Northern Paiute Language: C Davis & C Loether, Unpublished Manuscript 2011.

A Comparative and Historical Linguistic Analysis of the Bannock Dialect of the Northern Paiute Language: Cleve Davis, Idaho State University (MS Thesis) 2010.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River – Its Vegetation and Flora: C Davis, Sage Notes 2007.

Ute Ladies’-tresses discovered on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation: C Davis, Sage Notes 2005.

Plant Species of the Deep Creek Mountains: C Davis, Idaho Bureau of Land Management 2003.

How the Bannock and Northern Shoshone of Southern Idaho Made Use of Some Native Plants: C Davis, Sage Notes 2001.​

Research Interests:

​Data analysis

Plant ecology

Online web development, 

American Indian studies


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