Alum Geddy Davis is in a good place
Geddy Davis (BS-Atmospheric Sciences, 2022) grew up watching storms in Putnam County and knowing he wanted to study the weather and all the things that go along with it. In his mind, that was as a forecast meteorologist.
Now in his first job after graduation, Davis is doing exactly what he thought he would be, just not in a place he ever imagined. He is the program coordinator for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University.
“It is still very similar, just in a different setting. It has opened my eyes to how important informing, educating and communicating about my major and subject of weather and climate actually is,” Davis said.
Davis began working at Byrd as an undergraduate student. When the center decided to create new, full-time positions, Davis was at the top of the list. Today, he organizes and distributes weather and climate information and works in outreach and education.
“It is a lot of different things, but that keeps the job fresh and unique,” Davis said. “There is always a new list of things every week and I enjoy that quite a bit.”
His path to the Byrd Center started with his student job while on the Lima campus with the Digital Flagship. That led to helping a professor with the COVID-induced transition to online learning. The professor hired him as a teaching assistant when he became a Columbus campus student and then pointed Davis toward the Byrd student position. It was a perfect fit for Davis’ combination of data analytical skills, his background in education and technology and his atmospheric science major.
“If it were not for the layers of relationships and experiences starting at Lima and going through the COVID-year online there is a good chance that I would not be where I am,” Davis said.
Photo: Geddy Davis in front of the weather station he watches over as part of his job at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.