Brian Griffiths

Brian Griffiths

Brian Griffiths

Postdoctoral R & T Fellow

Environmental sustainability and conservation from social, cultural, economic, and ecological perspectives.

Dr. Griffiths holds a joint Postdoctoral Fellowship between George Mason University and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Gilmore. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching, examining environmental sustainability and conservation from social, cultural, economic, and ecological perspectives. Dr. Griffiths’ research focuses on game mammal conservation in the Peruvian Amazon, where he has collaborated for several years with an indigenous Maijuna people. Specific focus areas include the sustainability of hunting, the ecology and behavior of game species at mineral lick sites, the sociocultural complexities of hunting and the game meat supply chain, and the impacts of cultural loss on the conservation of biodiversity. Dr. Griffiths has a passion for using socially informed research and digital storytelling to empower Amazonian indigenous people to conserve their cultures and the environment and using visual media to promote conservation awareness. Dr. Griffiths collaborates with several nonprofit institutions in his work, including OnePlanet, the Morpho Institute, Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon, and many others.

Professional Activities

Executive Director, Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER)

Director of Outreach, OnePlanet, Inc.

Fulbright Alumnus: Peru, U.S. Fulbright Association

Selected Publications

Griffiths, B. M., Bowler, M., Gilmore, M. P., & Luther, D. (2020). Temporal patterns in visitation of mammals and birds at mineral licks in the Peruvian Amazon. Ecology and Evolution. 00:1-13.

 

Gilmore, M. P., Griffiths, B. M., & Bowler, M. (2020). The socio-cultural significance of mineral licks to the Maijuna of the Peruvian Amazon: Implications for the sustainable management of hunting. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 16(1):1-10

 

Griffiths, B. M., Gilmore, M. P., & Bowler, M. (2020). Predation of a Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) by an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at a mineral lick in the Peruvian Amazon. Food Webs. 24: e00148.

 

Bowler, M. T., Griffiths, B. M., Gilmore, M. P., Wingfield, A., & Recharte, M. (2018). Potentially infanticidal behavior in the Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis). Acta Ethologica. 1–5.

Education

Ph.D. Environmental Science and Public Policy, George Mason University

B.E. Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware

B.S. Plant Science, University of Delaware