Peter C. Griffith, Ph.D.
Dr. Griffith is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Office, supporting the North American Carbon Program (www.nacarbon.org), a component of the US Global Change Research Program designed to quantify continental-scale carbon sources and sinks in North America; LBA-ECO (www.lbaeco.org), NASA’s component of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia, a cooperative international project seeking to create a predictive understanding of the relationships between deforestation in Amazonia and changes in regional and global climate; and the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at NASA HQ (http://cce.nasa.gov).
He received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, his M.S. in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. with honors in Botany and Zoology from Duke University. As Principal or co-investigator with funding from NSF, Sea Grant, Department of Energy, and Office of Naval Research, Peter has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, published abstracts, and technical reports. He has designed, built, programmed, and deployed computer-controlled in situ oceanographic instrumentation while investigating microbial transformations of dissolved and particulate organic carbon in estuarine and coastal waters.
His experience includes work as the General Manager of the U.S. office of CLS, worldwide operator of the Argos environmental satellite system. He directed business development and operations in North and South America for oceanographic and weather buoy monitoring, hazardous cargo tracking, volcano and pipeline monitoring, fishing vessel tracking for treaty enforcement, and a variety of governmental transportation interests. Peter was also the first First Mate of the Marsys Resolute, a 100 research vessel belonging to the Smithsonian Institution, where he led teams of crew members, SCUBA divers, research technicians, visiting scientists, and volunteers, while conducting research in the waters of the North Atlantic and Caribbean.
Peter is fluent in Portuguese and tries hard to speak Spanish. He is a volunteer SCUBA diver for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Duke University Alumni Association.