Adam D. Griffith



Adam Griffith

Phone: 828.227.2728

Adam D. Griffith is the Director of the Rivercane Restoration Project through the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University. He received a BS degree in Biology from Roanoke College in 1999 (Omicron Delta Kappa) and was subsequently accepted to Teach for America. He taught 6th grade science in the Houston Independent School District in Texas for three years before becoming a kayak instructor taking him on numerous trips to the beaches of the United States, Panama, and Europe. He received his MS degree in Biology from Western Carolina University in 2008 studying the native bamboo Arundinaria gigantea.  Since 2008, he has been a research scientist at PSDS where he launched with the Santa Aguilla Foundation.  He currently directs the communities and sea-level rise research.

In 2011, he co-founded the Public Laboratory with 6 others by securing a $500,000 grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.  As a result, his writings can be found on the PBS IdeaLab blog,, and others.  He has presented his research with the Public Laboratory across the United States, Mexico, and Europe.

Selected Publications

  • Tanner, B.R., Kinner, D.A., Griffith, A.D., Young, R.S. & Sorrell, L.M (2011). Presence of Arundinaria gigantea (river cane) on numerous non-wetland sites suggests improper ecological classification of the species. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 19(6): 521-532.
  • Coburn, A.S., Griffith, A.D. & Young, R.S. (2010). Inventory of coastal engineering projects in coastal national parks. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NRPC/GRD/NRTR—2010/373. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Griffith, A.D., Kinner, D.A., Tanner, B.R., Moore, A., Mathews, K.G. & Young, R.S. (2009). Nutrient and physical soil characteristics of rivercane (Arundinaria gigantea) stands, western North Carolina. Castanea. 74(3): 224-235.



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