This is the home page of Michael Davis, a somewhat former member of the Thermal Geophysics Research Group at the University of Utah. I recently completed my PhD entitled "Ground Temperature and Climate Change" advised by Doctor David Chapman. My research interests include the analysis of climate signals in subsurface temperatures, land surface modeling, maintenance of the Emigrant Pass Observatory in northwestern Utah, and using geophysics to answer geological questions.
I am currently working as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. I also maintain ties as a lecturer with the Earth Science department at Utah Valley University.
EPO Update: On July 20 and 21, 2013, lightning strikes started two fires (Playground and Rocky) in the area of the Emigrant Pass Observatory. A visit to the site on August 19, 2013 found a burned landscape and a melted observatory. We are still trying to revive the station and it is curently offline.
Not so "Recent" News: We (Chapman and Davis) have a paper in the September 14, 2010, issue of Eos. Feel free to email me with questions or to request a reprint. See my presentations page for a copy of our figure 1, Earth's surface temperature: Past, present and future, and figure 2, Geothermics of climate change.
Michael G. Davis
University of Utah
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Frederick A. Sutton Building
115 So. 1460 E. Room 383
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112