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Dr. Brad Griffith


  • Ph D University of Idaho 1988
  • MS Oregon State University 1977
  • BA University of Missouri Columbia 1969


Brad Griffith joined the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as one of the Assistant Leaders Wildlife in May 1996. He was selected as Unit Leader in February 2011. He holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology with the Department of Biology and Wildlife and the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Research Interests

Biodiversity in wetland systems, climate change adaptation options for public lands and resources

Teaching Interests

Foraging ecology, Conservation biology, Issues of scale in ecology and management

Professional Society Service

  • American Society of Mammalogists - Member (January 1988 - December 2008)
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resource - Member (June 1996 - December 2006)
  • Society for Conservation Biology - Member (January 1992 - December 2005)
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Research Publications

  • Gustine D, Barboza P, Adams L, Griffith B,
    Cameron R, Whitten K (2017) Advancing the
    match-mismatch framework for large herbivores in
    the Arctic: Evaluating the evidence for a trophic
    mismatch in caribou. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171807.
    Abstract | 
  • Roach, J. and B. Griffith. 2015. Climate-induced lake drying causes heterogeneous reductions in waterfowl species richness. Landscape Ecology 30:1005–1022.
  • Halm, D.R., and Griffith, Brad, 2014, Water-quality data from lakes in the Yukon Flats, Alaska, 2010–2011: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1181, 6 p.,
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Professional Opportunities in Natural Resources (2014)
  • Foraging Ecology (2012)
  • Professional Opportunities in Natural Resources (2012)
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Alaska Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Brad GriffithSteering Committee Member, Arctic Climate Change and Cumulative Effects (ACCE) analysis conducted by Audubon Alaska, The Wilderness Society, and the Nature Conservancy (March 2010 - March 2011)
  • Brad GriffithInvited Member, Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), Understanding Arctic Change Workshop and whitepaper development (January 2010 - January 2011)
  • Brad GriffithRepresentative, North America, Arctic Ungulate Society (August 2003 - August 2009)
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Alaska University Committees and Workgroups

  • Brad GriffithChair, Population Ecologist Search Committee (September 2013 - February 2014)
  • Brad GriffithChair, Executive Officer Search Committee (March 2013 - May 2013)
  • Brad GriffithAdmission Panel, Biol/Wildl Grad Program, Univ. AK Fairbanks (October 2011 - September 2012)
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Technical Publications

  • 1. Harden, J. W., S. A. Frenzel, B. Griffith, C. Markon, R. G. Streigl, L. L. Tieszen, et al. 2008. Draft Science Plan - Effects of climate change on the Yukon River Basin: Changes in water and implications for wildlife habitat, human subsistence, and climate regulation. USGS Climate Effects Science Network, Reston, VA. 92pp
  • 2. Griffith, B., L. Parrett, M. Szepanski, E. Debevec, H. A. Maier, C. D. Adler, Y. Zhang, and A. N. Powell. 2006. Executive Summary of habitat characteristics and capacity, habitat selection by moose and weight dynamics of moose calves in winter, Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, 2002-2006. 15pp.
  • Griffith, B. and S. Szepanski. 2004. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve moose habitat and condition study. Annual Progress Report, RWO 133, to USGS/BRD. 2 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 118

Presentations: 192


Contact Information

Tel: (907) 474 - 5067

Current Students

Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  5. Wildlife Management Institute