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Richard Davis

Richard DavisVisiting Instructor of Biology

Richard Davis is a microbial ecologist who studies life in extreme environments. As a field ecologist, Richard has studied microbes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, active volcanoes in Antarctica, and in ice caves on Mt. St. Helens. His research involves studying life in volcanic ecosystems using bioinformatics to understand the mechanisms of how microbes can survive in these hostile environments. Richard completed his doctorate at Oregon Health & Science University after receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western Washington University. He then had a postdoctoral position at Portland State University. An experienced educator, Richard has taught microbiology and cell biology at Clark College and Portland Community College as a part-time faculty member over the previous seven years. Richard can often be found digging in his garden or backpacking in the nearby mountains.

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