Jerry Griffith, PhD, started at Drexel University in Fall 2018 after spending 10 years on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, and more recently with Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He is a broadly trained environmental geographer with specialties in landscape ecology, remote sensing, and land use and land cover change.
Besides academia, Jerry has also spent time in private industry and government resource agencies. His early career experience included working for private environmental consulting firms performing tasks ranging from monitoring water quality downstream of Limerick Nuclear Power Plant to collecting groundwater samples at landfills, to performing wetland delineations in the Pacific Northwest. Government facilities he has worked at include the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked on geographic information system (GIS) analyses for environmental impact statements and performing background research on the use of ecological indicators for regional- and national-level environmental assessments. Following completion of his doctoral dissertation which related satellite-derived vegetation indices to Great Plains stream and river water quality and watershed condition, he served as a post-doctoral researcher with the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation Science in Sioux Falls, SD and worked on projects documenting national trends in land cover change as derived from Landsat satellite imagery and analyzing landscape pattern over time in selected southeastern US ecoregions.
A native of Berks County, PA, he works with environmental non-profit agencies in that area, serving on advisory committees or training citizen scientists, such as for Berks Nature (Reading, PA) and the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program. Jerry also volunteers with and collaborates with scientists at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on the Berks/Schuylkill County border, working on conservation GIS projects that examine the relationships between land cover and ground-nesting raptors.