Adam-Griffith 14 research notes and 77 wiki edits

Adam D. Griffith, as his friends can attest, is a navigationally challenged geographer and a Ph.D. student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte in geography. His research interests are climate change impacts and he enjoys kayaking.

Adam was 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.

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.

Check out his website at adamdgriffith dot com

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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Dowel failure on my Tyvek Delta kite

by Adam-Griffith over 5 years ago | 1 | 5,371 | 1

So I was at Folly Beach on Friday the 17th in 10-12 MPH winds. I launched my 9 foot Tyvek Delta ...

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Folly Beach, SC - a detailed look at a $3 million beach "restoration"

by Adam-Griffith over 5 years ago | 7 | 4,415 | 1

Sand is currently being pumped from a borrow area on the north side of Folly Beach to the shorefa...

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PBS Idea Lab Post: Field Trips

by Adam-Griffith over 5 years ago | 1 | 3,028 | 0

This blog post appeared on 15 MAR 2013 on the Media Shift Idea Lab website:

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Public Laboratory Community Newsletter 10 AUG 12

by Adam-Griffith about 6 years ago | 0 | 1,589 | 2

Hello Public Laboratory Community: 1) Google will be scanning maps created by our community to...

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Geologists take over Vienna

by Adam-Griffith over 6 years ago | 5 | 2,368 | 0

Nearly 10,000 scientists gathered in Vienna at the end of April for the annual meeting of the Eur...

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General spectrometer thoughts

by Adam-Griffith over 6 years ago | 2 | 2,445 | 0

On an airplane in Europe, I had a great conversation with Dr. G. Tempea, a laser physicist, regar...

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Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor

by Adam-Griffith over 6 years ago | 9 | 4,936 | 0

This free utility that runs on 32 and 64 bit machines has no size limits for image compositing. ...

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Updated Map: Western Carolina University

by Adam-Griffith over 6 years ago | 1 | 3,124 | 0

Kaitlyn Reda, a student at Western Carolina University, wrote this blog post. It is geared towar...

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Students map campus of University of South Carolina - Beaufort - South

by Adam-Griffith about 7 years ago | 0 | 5,293 | 0

Overview This map was made by Robert Player and this text was written by Call...

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I sent the article to clippings too...

by Adam-Griffith about 7 years ago | 0 | 2,393 | 0

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One year after oil: Grand Isle State Park

by Adam-Griffith over 7 years ago | 0 | 1,992 | 0

On Thursday May 12th, PLOTS team members Jeff Warren, Shannon Dosemagen and I spent the afternoon...

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WCU map completed

by Adam-Griffith over 7 years ago | 0 | 14 | 2

In the fall of 2010, I asked for volunteers in my biology 140 class at Western Carolina Universit...

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Western Carolina University students map on the SC Coast

by Adam-Griffith over 7 years ago | 0 | 21 | 0

During the first w...

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Barataria Bay Flyover

by Adam-Griffith over 7 years ago | 0 | 2,215 | 1

On Friday 25 FEB 2011, Shannon Dosemagen and Adam Griffith flew over Barataria Bay and the Grand ...

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2011 Barataria Bay mapping fieldnotes, maps, mapping tracks, images

by Shannon about 4 years ago | 0 | 2,565 | 1

When writing an intro to the upcoming Barataria mapping publication, I came across a Google Doc l...

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Grand Isle, Louisiana

by gonzoearth over 7 years ago | 1 | 1,427 | 2

First in a series of maps from a regional fixed-wing Spring 2011 Gulf Coast aerial photography mi...

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