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Dawn D. Davis

Research Areas:
Analysis and Sustainability; Cultural Resource Management; GIS; Power Systems; Spatial Analysis


​Dawn D. Davis holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Systems department and serves as the environmental justice specialist under the senior advisor with Science & Technology. She is involved in researching water and power resiliency and impacts to marginalized and rural communities. She earned her doctorate in natural resources and water resources from the University of Idaho. She received a master’s in American Indian studies from the University of Arizona at Tucson and a bachelor’s in American studies from Idaho State University. Dawn D. was a twice awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) recipient as a fellow under the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Traineeship and an NSF scholar under the Indigenous Program for Science Technology Engineering and Math (ISTEM). Dawn D.’s dissertation research included the use of GIS to model changes in Peyote [Lophophora williamsii] habitat due to anthropogenic and environmental impacts, ethnographic interviews among vast stakeholders, and examining Natural Resource law, management, and policy. Her research has been shared nationally and internationally. 


​A.F.A., Museum Studies - Institute of American Indian Arts

B.A., American Studies - Idaho State University

M.A., American Indian Studies - University of Arizona

P.h.D., Natural Resources and Water Resources - University of Idaho

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