Larry Davenport holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Alabama. He is a professor of Biological & Environmental Sciences at Samford University, Birmingham, AL.

He is considered to be an expert on Alabama’s plant life; aquatic plants; wetlands; and rare, threatened and endangered species, including the Cahaba Lily. He has presented the keynote presentation at every Cahaba Lily Festival since it began.

Dr. Davenport was named 2007 Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.