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David Griffith

David Griffith

Research Assistant Professor


IRIC 223



Mailing Address

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2461
Moscow, Idaho

David L. Griffith is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Resilient Communities at the University of Idaho. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho in 2016, with specializations in invasive species ecology and social-ecological systems science. Prior to beginning a doctoral program, he worked at Virginia Tech and Appalachian State University as an instructor of interdisciplinary studies and as a scientific writing and publishing consultant. He serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network: EyesNorth and his research focuses on best practices for Community-based Observing (CBO) science and expanding CBO methodologies to domains outside the Arctic. CBO are methodologies used to engage communities in taking a leading role in environmental security and community safety.

  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Idaho, 2016
  • M.A., English, Virginia Tech, 2001
  • B.A., English, Virginia Tech, 1998

  • Social-Ecological Systems Science
  • Community-Based Observing
  • Stakeholder and Community Engagement

  • Altaweel, Virapongse, Griffith, Alessa, and Kliskey (2016) “A Typology for Complex Social-Ecological Systems in Mountain Communities,” Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 11(2), 1-13.
  • Newcombe, Campbell, Griffith, Baynes, Launchbaugh, and Pendleton (2016) “Revisiting the life cycle of dung fungi, including Sordaria fimicola,” PLOS ONE 11(2), e0147425.
  • Griffith, Larkin, Kliskey, Alessa, and Newcombe (2017) “Expectations for habitat-adapted symbiosis in a winter annual grass,” Fungal Ecology 29, 111-115.
  • Griffith, Alessa, and Kliskey (2017) “A Typology of Community-Based Observing,” NMIO Technical Bulletin 12, 32-39
  • Alessa, Kliskey, Gosz, Griffith, and Ziegler (2018) “MtnSEON and social-ecological systems science in complex mountain landscapes,” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16, S4-S10.
  • Griffith, Alessa, and Kliskey (2018) “Community-Based Observing for Social-Ecological Science: Lessons from the Arctic,” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16, S44-S51.
  • Bourgeron, Alessa, Kliskey, Loescher, Krauze, Virapongse, Griffith (2018) “Complex Human-Environmental Processes: A Framework for Social-Ecological Observatories,” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16, S52-S66.

  • 2015 Outstanding Graduate, Environmental Sciences, College of Natural Resources

Center for Resilient Communities

Physical Address:
IRIC 225

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2461
Moscow, Idaho

Phone: 208-885-1219

Fax: 208-885-9428