Alan B. Griffith, Professor of Biology, holds a Ph.D. (2002) in plant biology from the University of Maryland, an M.S. (1991) in resource economics from Pennsylvania State University, teacher certification (1986) from Millersville State University, and a B.S. (1981) in biology and environmental resources management from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Griffith previously was an economist in the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also taught high school biology and college environmental and conservation courses, in addition to volunteering with the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa (1982-84).
Dr. Griffith’s articles have appeared in Ecological Applications, Plant Ecology, Wetlands, and Northeastern Naturalist. He has received grants from The Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and The National Science Foundation. He also is a member of the Ecological Society of America and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Ecological Society of America. Dr. Griffith is an expert in wetlands, wetlands ecology, rare plant conservation, and plant ecology. He has spent 20 years researching sensitive joint-vetch, a rare plant of the mid-Atlantic tidal wetlands. He also actively participates in research and assessment to improve undergraduate student learning. He is currently leading the development of the UMW Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a plan designed to enhance the experiences of first-year students.
Alan Griffith in the News
- Biology Professors Present at National ConferenceDeborah O'Dell and April Wynn presented a poster titled "Transforming the Biology Major Through Course Based Research" at the AAC&U/PKAL meeting "Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education" held Nov. 4-5 in Boston. The poster was co-authored by O'Dell and Wynn and Biology Professors Andrew Dolby, Lynn Lewis, Alan Griffith and Deborah Zies.... Read more »
- Crawford, Davies and Griffith Publish Ecological Model in International JournalStephen Davies, associate professor of computer science, Alan Griffith, professor of biological science and Michael Crawford from the class of 2014, published their modeling research article, titled "Predicting metapopulation responses of a tidal wetland annual to environmental stochasticity and water dispersal through an individual-based model." The article currently appears in the journal "Ecological... Read more »
- Griffith Publishes Rare Plant Research in Natural Areas JournalAlan Griffith, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, will publish his research article titled "Secondary Dispersal in Aeschynomene virginica: Do Floating Seeds Really Find a New Home?" His article will appear in the Natural Areas Journal in October 2014. Published by the Natural Areas Association, this journal disseminates cutting-edge research, best practices and the newest... Read more »