Dr. Matthew Davis
Department of Psychology
Dr. Davis earned his doctoral degree in the interdisciplinary field of social ecology with a focus on both social psychology and on the geological processes that create earthquakes and volcanoes. His dissertation focused on how residents of southern California perceive the threat posed by earthquake hazards.
Other research projects include the study of hazard awareness for tsunami risks in Northern California, risk perception for volcanic hazards at Mt. Etna and Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, and the study of volcanic hazards at Mt. Rainier in Washington. Dr. Davis teaches a seminar titled "Human Response to Natural Disasters."