Thomas M. Davis is a professor or plant biology at the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. His research is concerned with the genetic analysis and manipulation of economically important plants, with current emphasis on strawberry and mint. His team is using a combination of conventional, molecular, and cytogenetic techniques to construct a strawberry genome map, to compare genome structures among strawberry (Fragaria) species, and to trace the evolutionary history of the strawberry. Currently, they are also identifying, cloning, and characterizing genes controlling economically important traits such as disease resistance, photoperiod sensitivity, and fruit color.