On April 1st, 2018, Jason Davis, Assistant Professor of Geography and faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center passed away. He was a young and prolific scholar who studied the relationships between migration, development and environmental change in origin countries. He received his PhD in Geography in 2010 from the University of California Santa Barbara, and was subsequently awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC’s Carolina Population Center. At that early stage of his career, Jason’s research had already been recognized by prestigious national awards including the Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Education as well as a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health. In July of 2017, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Geography at UNC.
Right after this tragic incident, David Lopez-Carr, Jason’s dissertation advisor, wrote: “Jason, your influence on the community of knowledge at the intersection of migration, health, and the environment will continue upward as new knowledge and budding scholars build on the sturdy foundations you built. I was your PhD advisor, but you have served as a life advisor to me.”
The rest of the article which is written by Juan Liang can be found in: In Memoriam: Geography remembers Dr. Jason Davis