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Jerry Griffith, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University

Jerry Griffith, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Office: PISB 315
Phone: 215.895.2266


  • BS Earth Sciences, Penn State 1986
  • MS Resource Geography, Oregon State 1990
  • PhD Geography, University of Kansas 2000
  • Post-doctoral:  US Geological Survey, Center for Earth Resources Observation Sciences

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Land Use and Land Cover Change
  • Remote Sensing
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Physical Geography
  • Community-based Watershed Associations and Citizen Science Monitoring


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.

Selected Publications:

  • Griffith, J., and Goodrich, L. 2017. Land cover and farmland raptor distribution in Pennsylvania. Middle States Geographer 50: 64-73.
  • Carter G. A., K. Lucas, G. Blossom, C. Lassitter, D. Holiday, D. Mooneyhan, D. Fastring, T. Holcombe, and J. Griffith. 2009. Remote sensing and mapping of tamarisk along the Colorado River, USA: A comparative use of summer-acquired Hyperion, Thematic Mapper and QuickBird Data. Remote Sensing 1(3): 318-329.
  • Fastring, D.R., and J. Griffith. 2009. Malaria incidence in Nairobi, Kenya and dekadal trends in NDVI and climatic variables. Geocarto International 24 (3): 207-221.
  • Peneva, E., J. Griffith, and G. Carter. 2008. Seagrass mapping in the northern Gulf of Mexico using airborne hyperspectral imagery: A comparison of classification methods. Journal of Coastal Research 24(4): 850-856.
  • Martinko, E., R. Hagen, and J. Griffith. 2006. Successional change in the insect community of a fragmented landscape. Landscape Ecology 21: 711-721.
  • Griffith, J. 2004. The role of landscape pattern analysis in understanding concepts of land cover change. Journal of Geographical Sciences 14(1): 3-17.
  • Griffith, J., S. Stehman, and T. Loveland. 2003. Landscape trends in mid-Atlantic and southeastern U.S. ecoregions. Environmental Management 32(5):572-588.
  • Griffith, J . 2003. Regions of high fish diversity for conservation concern within the U.S. Central Plains. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 18(3):451-457.
  • Griffith, J. 2003. An assessment of species-watershed area relationships for fish in the Kansas River Basin, Nebraska-Kansas. Journal of Environmental Hydrology 11: paper 5 (online).
  • Griffith, J., S. Stehman, T. Sohl, and T. Loveland. 2003. Detecting trends in landscape pattern metrics over a 20-year period using a sampling-based monitoring program. International Journal of Remote Sensing 24(1):175-181.
  • Griffith, J., E. Martinko, J. Whistler, and K. Price. 2002. An analysis of interrelationships among landscapes, NDVI, and stream condition in the U.S. Central Plains. Ecological Applications 12(6):1702-1718.
  • Griffith, J. 2002. Geographic techniques and recent applications of remote sensing to landscape-water quality studies. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 138(1-4):181-197.
  • Griffith, J., C. Trettin and R. O’Neill. 2002. A landscape ecology approach to assessing development impacts on the tropics: A geothermal energy example in Hawaii. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 23(1):1-22.
  • Griffith, J., E. Martinko, and K. Price. 2000. Landscape structure analysis of Kansas at three scales. Landscape and Urban Planning 52(1):45-61.
  • Griffith, J. 1998. Connecting ecological indicators and ecological monitoring: A review of the literature. Journal of Environmental Systems 26(4):325-364.