Dr. Griffin received a B.Sc. in Microbiology, a Master of Science in Public Health and a Doctorate of Philosophy with a research focus on the use of molecular methods for detection of water quality indicators and pathogens in aquatic environments from the University of South Florida (graduate advisor, Dr. Joan B. Rose). In his first Post Doctoral position (USF, Dr. J.H. Paul) he worked on human viral detection assays, marine lysogeny and isolation of viruses lytic to the red-tide agent Karenia brevis. In his second Post Doctoral position (USGS, Dr. E.A. Shinn) he on a NASA funded grant to study microbiology and public health issues associated with atmospheric transatlantic transport of African dust to the Caribbean and Americas. Dr. Griffin is currently employed by the U.S. Geological Survey as an environmental public health microbiologist and is working on microbial water quality issues, long-range dust storm associated dispersion of microorganisms around the globe and how the geochemistry of soils control the background distribution of pathogens. For more information and access to publications please visit the link below.
- Epifluorescent direct counts of bacteria and viruses from topsoil of various desert dust storm regions
- Atmospheric Movement of Microorganisms in Clouds of Desert Dust and Implications for Human Health
- Free Tropospheric Transport of Microorganisms from Asia to North America