Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Elizabeth Davis serves San Diego Zoo Global as Postdoctoral Associate in Community Engagement. In this role, she assists with survey design, statistical analysis, field support, and technical writing. During the summer, she teaches statistical skills to our AIP Masters Program students, including application of the statistical language R.

Working with our partners Free the Bears, Elizabeth is part of a team that aims to halt the decline of bears throughout Asia that is due to the trade in bear bile and bear parts for traditional medicine. Specific goals of this work are to understand which groups are buying bear bile and other bear parts and how we may open lines of communication with these groups to begin effective education.

Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, and her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Bristol. She has a passion for statistics, and the application of statistical techniques to understanding cultural variation. She is a firm believer in the efficacy of mixed methods approaches and cross-discipline collaboration. She is also an avid runner and loves running through the woods and meadows around Bristol.