Dylan S. Davis
Fields of Interest
remote sensing applications within archaeological research; social science applications of machine learning and AI; complex adaptive systems; human-environment dynamics pertaining to settlement and land-use strategies; island and coastal archaeology
2022 - Ph.D. Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University
2018 - M.A. Anthropology, Binghamton University
2017 - B.S. Anthropology, Binghamton University (concentration in Archaeology)
2017 - B.A. Geography, Binghamton University (concentration in Computer Applications for Human Environmental Analysis)
Davis, D. S., and K. Douglass (In Review). Landscape Dynamics and Settlement Patterns in Southwest Madagascar since the Late Holocene. In The Malagasy World, edited by Chantal Radimilahy, Kristina Douglass, and Zoë Crossland, Routledge Handbooks Online: Routledge.
Davis, D. S., R. J. DiNapoli, and C. P. Lipo (In Review). High Resolution short-wave infrared imagery improves estimates of ancient rock gardening distribution on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Submitted to International Journal of Remote Sensing.
Phelps, L. N., E. Razanatsoa, D. S. Davis , J. Hackel, T. Rasolondrainy, G. Tiley, R.L. Andriamiarisoa, C.L. Anyanwu, G. Besnard, C. Birkinshaw, W. Bond, D. Buffa, D. Burney, E. Convery Fisher, B.E. Crowley, K. Douglass, S. Eshelman, L. Gautier, L. Gilson, S.G. Haberle, J. Hansford, S. Hixon, G. Joseph, C.A. Kull, C.E.R. Lehmann, V. Montande, U. Radespiel, J. Raharimampionona, T. Ramiadantsoa, T. Razafimanantsoa, C. Ronadh, J. Salmona, N. Scroxton, T. van Elst, K. Van-Thu Pham, N.R.G. Voarintsoa, M.S. Vorontsova, and A.D. Yoder (In Review). Sustainability of ecosystems and livelihoods across the tropics hinges on interdisciplinary grassy biomes research. Submitted to Nature Ecology & Evolution .
Alders, W., D. S. Davis, & J. J. Haines (In Preparation). The gaze of the time traveler: Remote Sensing and study of multitemporal landscapes. To be submitted to Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.
Davis, D. S., Cook-Hale, J. W, Hale, N., and M. C. Sanger (In Preparation). Uncovering submerged settlement patterns using bathymetric lidar and semi-automated feature extraction. To be submitted to Archaeological Prospection.
Phelps, L. N., S. Hixon, D.S. Davis, R. Fernandes, P. Feina, C. Randolph, C. Anyanwu, S. Monroe, K. Douglass (In Preparation). Human diets and livelihood strategies demonstrate food innovation and inter-adaptations to Holocene environmental change across Africa. To be submitted to Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.
Davis, D. S., A. Domic, G. Manahira, and K. Douglass (In Preparation). Geophysics demonstrate similarities and differences between long-term ecological impacts of foraging, pastoralism, and mixed subsistence strategies on SW Madagascar. To be submitted to Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.
Davis, D. S., B. Tucker, Tsiazonera, C. Howe, H. Theiss, A. Domic, L. Phelps, R. Opitz, C. E. Klehm, and K. Douglass (In Preparation). Traditional Malagasy lifeways play a central role in Madagascar's dry forest biome. To be submitted to Journal of Social Archaeology.
Davis, D. S. (Accepted). Past, present, and future of complex systems theory in archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Research.
D. S. Davis, T. Rasolondrainy, G. Manahira, V. Andriankaja, L. Hubertine, R. Justome, F. Lahiniriko, H. Léonce, R. Roi, F. Victorian, C. Colombe, V. Voahirana, T. L. Carina, Z. M. Chrisostome, B. Manjakahery, and K. Douglass (2023). Social networks as risk-mitigation strategies in south-west Madagascar. Antiquity . In Press. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2023.123
Quintus, S., D. S. Davis, and E. E. Cochrane (2023). Evaluating Mask R-CNN Models to Extract Terracing across Oceanic High Islands: an example from Sāmoa. Archaeological Prospection. https://doi.org/10.1002/arp.1909
Davis, D. S. (2023). Review of "Human Behavioral Ecology and Coastal Environments." Heather B. Thakar and Carola Flores Fernandez, editors. 2023. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. Xviii + 275 pp. $85.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-8130-6958-6. American Antiquity, 1–2. https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2023.31
D. S. Davis, G. Manahira, F. Lahiniriko, V. Andriankaja, T. L. Carnat, M. B. J. Clovis, F. Fenomanana, L. Hubertine, R. Justome, H. Léonce, A. J. Yve, R. Roi, P. Soafiavy, F. Victorian, V. Voahirana, R. Flerita, Z. M. Chrisostome, and K. Douglass (2023). Evidence of lithic blade technology in southwest Madagascar. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. http://doi.org/10.1080/15564894.2022.2152139.
Cook-Hale, J. W.*, Davis, D. S.*, and M. C. Sanger (2023). Evaluating the archaeological efficacy of bathymetric LiDAR across oceanographic contexts: A case study from Apalachee Bay, Florida. Heritage. 6(2), 928-945. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/heritage6020051 (*Denotes Equal Contribution)
Phelps, L. N., N. Andela, M. Gravey, D. S. Davis, C. A. Kull, K. Douglass, K., and C. E. R. Lehmann (2022). Madagascar's fire regimes challenge global assumptions about landscape degradation. Global Change Biology. 28(3), 6944-6960 http://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16206
Davis, D. S., and J. Lundin (2021). Locating Charcoal Production Sites in Sweden Using Hydrological Algorithms and Deep Learning. Remote Sensing.13(18), 3680. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13183680
Davis, D. S., and K. Douglass (2021). Remote Sensing Reveals Lasting Legacies of Land-Use by Small-Scale Communities in the southwestern Indian Ocean. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 9, 689399 https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.689399
Davis, D. S., and M. C. Sanger (2021). Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Remote Sensing and Geophysical Archaeology. Archaeological Prospection. 28(3), 269-276. https://doi.org/10.1002/arp.1837
Davis, D. S., G. Caspari, C. P. Lipo, and M. C. Sanger (2021). Deep Learning Reveals Extent of Archaic Native American Shell Ring Building Practices. Journal of Archaeological Science. 132, 105433 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2021.105433
Davis, D. S., G. Caspari, M. C. Sanger, and C. P. Lipo (2021). Using Deep Learning to Detect Rare Archaeological Features: A Case from Coastal South Carolina, USA. Society of Exploration Geophysicists Technical Program Expanded Abstracts: 3265-3269. https://doi.org/10.1190/segam2021-3574963.1
Davis, D. S. (2021). Theoretical repositioning of automated remote sensing archaeology: Shifting from features to ephemeral landscapes. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology. 4(1), 94-109. https://doi.org/10.5334/jcaa.72
Davis, D. S., D. C. Buffa, T. Rasolondrainy, E. Creswell, C. Anyanwu, A. Ibirogba, C. Randolph, A. Ouarghidi, L. N. Phelps, F. Lahiniriko, Z. M. Chrisostome, G. Manahira and K. Douglass (2021). The aerial panopticon and the ethics of archaeological remote sensing sacred cultural spaces. Archaeological Prospection. 28(3), 303-318. https://doi.org/10.1002/arp.1819
Davis, D. S., K. E. Seeber, and M. C. Sanger (2021). Addressing the problem of disappearing cultural landscapes in archaeological research using multi-scalar survey. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 16(2-4), 524-540. http://doi.org/10.1080/15564894.2020.1803457
Davis, D. S., R. J. DiNapoli, and K. Douglass (2020). Integrating point process models, evolutionary ecology, and traditional knowledge improves landscape archaeology: A case from Southwest Madagascar. Geosciences. 10(8), 287. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10080287
Davis, D. S. (2020). Defining what we study: The contribution of machine automation in archaeological research. Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. 18, e00152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.daach.2020.e00152
Davis, D. S., DiNapoli, R. J., Sanger, M. C., & Lipo, C. P. (2020). The integration of lidar and legacy datasets provides improved explanations for the spatial patterning of shell rings in the American Southeast. Advances in Archaeological Practice. 8(4), 361-375. https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2020.18
Davis, D. S., Buffa, D. C., & Wrobleski, A. C. (2020). Assessing the utility of open-access bathymetric data for shipwreck detection in the United States. Heritage 3(2), 364-383. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3020022
Davis, D. S. (2020). Geographic disparity in machine intelligence approaches for archaeological remote sensing research. Remote Sensing, 12(1), 921. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12060921
Davis, D. S., & Douglass, K. (2020). Aerial and Spaceborne Remote Sensing in African Archaeology: A Review of Current Research and Potential Future Avenues. African Archaeological Review, 37(1), 9–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10437-020-09373-y
Davis, D. S., Andriankaja, V., Carnat, T. L., Chrisostome, Z. M., Colombe, C., Fenomanana, F., Hubertine, L., Justome, R., Lahiniriko, F., Léonce, H., Manahira, G., Pierre, B. V., Roi, R., Soafiavy, P., Victorian, F., Voahirana, V., Manjakahery, B., & Douglass, K. (2020). Satellite-based remote sensing rapidly reveals extensive record of Holocene coastal settlement on Madagascar. Journal of Archaeological Science, 115, 105097. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2020.105097
Davis, D. S. (2020). Studying human responses to environmental change: Trends and trajectories of archaeological research. Environmental Archaeology, 25(4), 367-380. https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2019.1639338
Davis, D. S. (2019). Object-based image analysis: A review of developments and future directions of automated feature detection in landscape archaeology. Archaeological Prospection, 26(2), 155–163. https://doi.org/10.1002/arp.1730
Davis, D. S., Lipo, C. P., & Sanger, M. C. (2019). A comparison of automated object extraction methods for mound and shell-ring identification in coastal South Carolina. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 23, 166–177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.10.035
Davis, D. S., Sanger, M. C., & Lipo, C. P. (2019). Automated mound detection using lidar and object-based image analysis in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Southeastern Archaeology, 38(1), 23–37. https://doi.org/10.1080/0734578X.2018.1482186