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Dr. Robert B. Griffin

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Curriculum Vitae

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Doctor of Philosophy degree, Oceanography (1996) from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.  Thesis:  Community Ecology of Cetacean Habitat.  Attended Fall, 1991 to Fall, 1996.

 

Master of Arts degree, specialty Mammalogy (1992) from the Department of Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas, Lawrence.  Thesis:  Effects of Paternal Care in the Early Environment on the Growth, Development, Survival, and Subsequent Paternal Behavior in Prairie Voles, Microtus ochrogaster.  Attended Fall, 1988 to Spring, 1991.

 

Bachelor of Science in Biology (1988) from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.  Graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Attended Fall, 1987 to Spring, 1988.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (1980) from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Attended Fall, 1978 to Fall, 1980.

 

University of Wyoming; Zoology major.  Attended Fall, 1975 to Spring, 1976.

 

Associate of Arts in Biology (1975) from Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas.  Attended Fall, 1973 to Spring, 1975.

 

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Manatee Community College, Department of Natural Sciences.  Adjunct Professor of Biology, Summer 2001; Adjunct Professor of Oceanography, Environmental Science and Interdisciplinary Science, Spring 2007 through Spring 2008.

 

Central Florida Community College, Department of Science. Currently developing an online course in Oceanography, to be taught beginning Summer, 2008.

 

Mote Marine Laboratory, Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research, Sarasota, Florida.  Program Manager of Offshore Cetacean Ecology Program.  November 1998 to September 2007.  Research continues to date on low budget.

Duties and accomplishments:  At Mote Marine Laboratory (MML), I initiated a program of research studying offshore cetacean ecology in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, using line-transect methodology.  My program completed more than 400 days of shipboard surveys of bottlenose dolphin (T. truncatus) and Atlantic spotted dolphin (S. frontalis) habitat on the west Florida continental shelf from November 1998 through present.  Shipboard time for these field studies came from:  1) collaborative work with University of South Florida, St. Petersburg investigators in the ECOHAB:Florida (Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms) project, using the R/V Suncoaster; 2) use of MML's vessel R/V Eugenie Clark as part of the Brevetoxin in Dolphins Project; 3) Funding under the "Protect Wild Dolphins" Program, administered by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution; 4) Vessel time aboard private yachts, donated by members of local yacht clubs; 5) Funding from the Provident Benevolent Foundation; 6) Funding from private donors.  This fieldwork focused on four topics:  1) Distributional ecology and habitat use of S. frontalis and T. truncatus; 2) Abundance and seasonal distribution of T. truncatus and S. frontalis on the west Florida continental shelf; 3) Anthropogenic contaminant load in S. frontalis and T. truncatus; 4) radio-tracking of S. frontalis; 5) Photo-identification, group follows, and behavioral studies of T. truncatus and S. frontalis.  During surveys, hydrographic data are gathered on transect via CTD (conductivity temperature depth bathythermograph).  I was the principal investigator on Marine Mammal Permit # 1012-1647-00, and co-investigator on Marine Mammal Permit 779-1339, issued to National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center.  I currently hold a General Authorization, granted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, to continue photo-identification and behavioral studies on S. frontalis, T. Truncatus, and rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) on the west Florida continental shelf through 2012.

 

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management -- Naturalist, Beavertail State Park, Jamestown Rhode Island.  This position entailed creating and maintaining marine science exhibits, maintaining aquariums stocked with fish found in local waters, and providing education to schools and the public.  June 1997 through October 1997; May 1998 to October 1998.

 

Community College of Rhode Island, Department of Biology.  Adjunct Instructor of General Biology/Zoology. Warwick, RI. September 1993 to August 1998.

 

Rhode Island College, Department of Biology.   Adjunct Professor of Biology.  Providence, RI.  September 1997 to May 1998.

 

University of Rhode Island -- Research Assistantship funded through the Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service.  August 1991 to December 1996.

 

University of Kansas -- Graduate Teaching Assistant in General Biology Lab, BIOL 106 (Fall 1988; Fall 1989; Fall 1990; Spring, 1991).  Graduate Teaching Assistant in Comparative Animal Behavior Lab, BIOL 654 (Spring, 1990).  Museum of Natural History Curatorial Assistant (Spring and Summer, 1989).

 

Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Florida -- Summer, 1990 Intern in the Marine Mammal Program.  Participant in Southwest Florida Stranding Network.  Data entry, analysis, and scientific writing.  Geoffrey Patton, Supervisor.

 

 

 

FIELD EXPERIENCE

 

Regularly conduct 1-day surveys for Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins aboard small private vessels in continental shelf waters between 10-50 nm offshore.

 

Principal Investigator of "Protect Wild Dolphins" Program entitled "Movement patterns and diving behavior of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis): a study using remotely deployed suction-cup attached tags."  This work was completed in collaboration with Dr. Robin Baird of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Dr. Chuanmin Hu of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

 

Brevetoxin in Dolphins Program.  Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL.  Chief Scientist aboard R/V Eugenie Clark surveys into Gulf of Mexico, to study effects of red tide and anthropogenic contaminants on continental shelf dolphin species.  Biopsies of bow-riding dolphins are collected during these surveys for genetic and toxin analyses. Twelve survey days to date.

 

ECOHAB:Florida Red Tide Program.  University of South Florida St. Petersburg; Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL.  Conduct monthly marine mammal surveys in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, in conjunction with Synoptic and Process cruises; November 1998 to present: over 90 days surveyed to date.

 

Conducted marine mammal surveys in the Gulf of Maine aboard the R/V Oceanus, in conjunction with "Field testing of an imaging-in-flow cytometer", Michael Sieracki, P.I.  Oct 13-17, 1999.

 

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Woods Hole, MA.  Marine mammal sighting observer aboard the NOAA R/V Relentless, during the NMFS/NEFSC Office of Protected Resources cetacean survey of a Gulf Stream Warm Core Ring, August 22 to September 2, 1994.  Dr. Gordon Waring, Chief Scientist; NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC; Woods Hole, MA 02543-1026.  In addition to duties as marine mammal observer, I designed and implemented a sampling scheme to obtain zooplankton samples during the survey.  Oceanographic, phytoplankton, and zooplankton data were gathered as a part of my thesis work.

 

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Woods Hole, MA.  Marine mammal sighting observer aboard the NOAA R/V Delaware II, June 2 - July 2, 1993; NMFS/NEFSC Office of Protected Resources Cetacean Sightings Survey on Georges Bank.  Dr. Gordon Waring, Chief Scientist; NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC; Woods Hole, MA  02543-1026. In addition to serving as a marine mammal sighting observer, I was involved in the preparation for gathering of oceanographic, phytoplankton, and zooplankton data as a part of thesis work.

 

University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus; Narragansett, RI. Marine mammal observer aboard the HBOI R/V Seward Johnson, during the June, 1992 Great South Channel right whale study.  Dr. Karen Wishner and Dr. Howard Winn, Chief Scientists; University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.  Gathered zooplankton data aboard the Johnson Sealink submersible.

 

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Woods Hole, MA.  Marine mammal sighting observer aboard the R/V Abel J, during the 1992 NMFS/NEFSC Office of Protected Resources Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy Harbor Porpoise Survey, July 29 - September 6, 1992. Dr. Debbie Palka, Chief Scientist; NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC; Woods Hole, MA  02543-1026.

 

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Woods Hole, MA.  Marine mammal sighting observer aboard the R/V Abel J, during the 1991 NMFS/NEFSC Office of Protected Resources Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy Harbor Porpoise Survey, July - August, 1991. Dr. Debbie Palka, Chief Scientist; NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC; Woods Hole, MA  02543-1026.

 

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Woods Hole, MA.  Marine mammal sighting observer aboard the NOAA R/V Chapman, during the 1991 NMFS/NEFSC Office of Protected Resources Cetacean Sighting Survey, Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod; June-July, 1991.  Dr. Gordon Waring, Chief Scientist; NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC; Woods Hole, MA  02543-1026.

 

 

 

PRESENTATIONS GIVEN AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

 

Oral presentation at the Kansas Mammal Society Meeting; Oct. 1990. -- Paternal care in prairie voles: benefits and effects on subsequent behavior of male offspring.

 

Oral presentation at the Prairie States Conclave, May, 1991.  Patterns in parental care of the prairie vole, Microtus ochrogaster.

 

Poster presentation at the American Society of Mammalogy Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT; June 1992. -- Benefits of paternal care in the early environment, and effects on subsequent behavior of young prairie voles, Microtus ochrogaster.

 

Poster presentation at the 10th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, Galveston, TX; November, 1993.  -- From plankton to whales; a study in identifying characteristics of cetacean habitat.  Griffin, R.B. and Griffin, N.J.

 

Oral presentation at NAFO/ICES Symposium, The Role of Marine Mammals in the Ecosystem, September, 1995; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  An investigation of relationships between odontocete distributions and copepod abundances.  Griffin, R.B.

 

Poster presentation at the 11th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, Orlando, FL; December, 1995  -- Relationships between cetacean distributions and zooplankton ecology. Griffin, R.B.

 

Poster Presentation at the 13th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, Wialea, HI; December 1999 -- Distribution and habitat partitioning of Stenella frontalis and Tursiops truncatus on the eastern Gulf of Mexico continental shelf.  Griffin, R.B. and Griffin, N.J.

 

Oral presentation at the 14th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, Vancouver, BC, Canada;  December 2001-- Seasonality and interannual variation in Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) densities on the west Florida continental shelf.  Griffin, Robert B. and Nancy J. Griffin.

 

Poster Presentation at the 15th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, Greensboro, NC; December 2003--Photo-Identification of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.  Griffin, Nancy J. and Robert B. Griffin.

 

Oral Presentation at the 16th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, San Diego, CA; December 2005.  Movement patterns of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in relation to oceanographic fronts.  Griffin, Robert B., Chuanmin Hu, and Nancy J. Griffin.

 

 

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY INVITATION

 

Sperm whale densities associated with a warm‑core ring frontal boundary. Invited symposium Oceanography and Marine Mammals, World Marine Mammal Science Conference, Monaco; January 23, 1998.

 

Distributional ecology of whales and dolphins.  Rhode Island College, Department of Biology Colloquium presentation. April 14, 1998.

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Griffin, R.B.  2005.  Movement patterns and diving behavior of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) in relation to oceanographic features: a study using remotely-deployed suction-cup attached tags.  Mote Marine Laboratory Technical Report Number 1005. Mote Marine Laboratory; Sarasota, FL.

 

Griffin, R.B. and N.J. Griffin.  2004.  Temporal variation in Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) densities on the west Florida continental shelf.  Aquatic Mammals 30: 380-390.

 

Griffin, R.B. and N.J. Griffin.  2003.  Distribution, habitat partitioning and abundance of Stenella frontalis, Tursiops truncatus, and Caretta caretta on the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf.  Gulf of Mexico Science 21: 23-34.

 

Griffin, R.B., A.B. Sellas, R.H. Pierce, D. Shea, and R.S. Wells.  2000.  Determination of brevetoxins and anthropogenic contaminants in marine mammal tissues.  Mote Marine Laboratory Technical Report Number 741.  Mote Marine Laboratory; Sarasota, FL.

 

Griffin, R.B.  1999. Sperm whale distributions and community ecology associated with a warm-core ring off Georges Bank.  Marine Mammal Science 15: 33-51.

 

Griffin, R.B.  1997. Relationships Between Odontocete Distributions and Zooplankton Community Structure Along the Southern Edge of Georges Bank.  Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Science 22: 27-36.

 

Smith, T.D., R.B. Griffin, G. Waring, and J.G. Casey.  1996.  Multispecies Approaches to Management of Large Marine Predators.  Pp. 467-490 in: The Northeast Shelf Ecosystem:  Assessment, Sustainability, and Management (K. Sherman, N.A. Jaworski, and T.J. Smayda, eds).  Blackwell Science, Cambridge, MA.

 

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