Leslie Davis

Post-Secondary Education

Florida State University
Master of Science
Physical Oceanography

Grants received & Awards

  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division,  Summer 2023 Honoree for the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation grant.  Sept 2019 – August 2024, $205,000.

                     CoPe EAGER: Establishing New Pathways Using Community College Students to Explore the “Tipping Point” in Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Texas”

  • Co-Principal Investigator (Prof Kusali Gamage, Principal Investigator), received NSF two year grant: 2016-2018.  

                     Engaging and retaining students in the geosciences at two-year colleges (2YC) through undergraduate research


Professional Publications

Scientific Publications

“Integrating Research Experience into Introductory Geoscience Courses,”  Lauren Scott, Kusali Gamage, Leslie Davis, Katerina Petronotis, In the Trenches, April 2019, Vol 10, No. 2, The News Magazine of The National Association Of Geoscience Teachers.

Coastlines and People  (CoPe), Chicago, Illinois. September 26-28, 2018.Research and white paper, ‘Broadening “community” in Broadening Participation in Coastal Systems Science,’ Leslie Davis with Jacob Ball and Paul Seebach

Coastal Engineering Research Framework Workshop, Washington, DC,  November 13-14, 2018. Research and white paper, “Integration of Coastal Engineering with Other Disciplines,” Leslie Davis with Dave Basco, Tina Dura, Greg Guannel, and Stephanie Smallegan

National Science Foundation, Cutting Edge Curricula for Geosciences.   Presentations:

              Teaching Geosciences to  Urban Students, March 2008, Brooklyn College & American Museum of Natural

                History, New York, New York

              Teaching Social Issues in the Geosciences, March 2006, American Geophysical Union, Washington DC


Laboratory experiments on the interaction of two warm-core rings.  M.S., Thesis,   The Florida State University. 56 pp., 1986

The merging of isolated anticyclonic eddies. Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 67, 292., 1986 (with D. Nof).  Abstract of invited paper presented at the American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, 20 May 1986.

Laboratory experiments on the merging of anticyclonic eddies (with D. Nof).  Journal of Physical Oceanography, 17, 343 – 357, March 1987.

Progress of solar pond research in Western Australia, 31 March 1987.    Talk at conference, International Progress of Solar Ponds, Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Laboratory experiments on double-diffusion interaction in solar ponds.  Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia, 157, 22 pp., 1988.

Teaching Experience

Professor, Adjunct, Earth and Environmental Studies, Austin Community College.  Courses taught:

  • Geology 1445:  Introduction to Oceanography
  • Geology 1345:   Environmental Oceanography
  • ESTE1301: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ESTE 1335:  Energy Resources
  • ESTE 1302: Issues in Environmental Science

Professor, Huston-Tillotson University:  Climate Studies

Published: January 04, 2024