Gillian Davies

Gillian Davies is a Senior Ecological Scientist at BSC Group, Inc., where her work focuses on the intersection of climate change and wetlands. She also holds the title of Visiting Scholar at the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute and served as the 2016-2017 President of the international Society of Wetland Scientists. Prior to serving on the SWS Executive Board, Gillian chaired the scientific program committee for the 2015 SWS Annual Meeting themed Changing Climate. Changing Wetlands. As an outcome of the meeting, she collaborates with other wetland scientists and a climate scientist, developing an informal SWS Climate Initiative to communicate the significance of wetlands as our climate changes through papers, articles, symposia and webinars. Gillian and other members of the Initiative are developing a Declaration on the Rights of Wetlands as a wetland-specific response to the emerging Rights of Nature movement and the World Scientists' Second Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice (Ripple et al 2017). Gillian was a contributing author to the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report (2011), and currently serves on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Transportation Research Board panel. Earlier in her career, Gillian was a wetlands education and outreach specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; founded her own wetlands consulting business; and developed and taught an environmental studies course for a graduate program at Boston University. She has shared her expertise on wetlands and climate change in the U.S.A., Portugal, Taiwan, and China, and in the 1980s lived and worked in Thailand, teaching English in a refugee camp. Gillian has a Master of Environmental Studies degree with a concentration in ecosystem ecology from the Yale School of Environmental Studies, and a bachelor's degree from Williams College. She is a Professional Wetland Scientist, a Registered Soil Scientist, and holds numerous scientific/professional certifications.



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