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  • Ph.D., Ecology, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Ecology, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Cornell University
  • B.S., Animal Science, Cornell University


Courtney Davis is a quantitative ecologist who enjoys working at the interface of ecology and statistics to estimate population- and community-level processes. Her dissertation research as part of the Applied Population Ecology Lab at Penn State focused on the use of large ecological datasets to study species interactions and community dynamics in response to global change. Courtney will be joining the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow in August 2020, where she will be developing and validating new quantitative methods to understand spatiotemporal patterns in biodiversity, with a focus on multifunctional landscapes.

Courtney has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Most recently, she developed and taught her own experiential- and project-based undergraduate course at Penn State that focused on the theory and application of occupancy and capture-recapture analyses. Courtney has also co-taught domestic and international workshops on occupancy, integrated distribution modeling, and capture-recapture techniques, among others. You can learn more about Courtney’s work at: