Geoff Griffiths is a PhD student in Ecology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY working to restore native vascular plant assemblages in forests recovering from past agricultural land use. Many of these plants such as Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis), Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), Sharp-lobed Hepatica (Anemone hepatica), and Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) are visited by early-emerging wild bees and may provide important floral resources for pollinators when few other plants are active.
While conducting experiments to determine establishment limitations of these native plants, Geoff is also investigating the diversity and abundance of pollinators in forests with different land use histories in central New York.
Prior to starting his PhD, Geoff taught high school science for three years after graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in Biology (Summa cum laude) and earning a Master’s in Science Education from Brown University. Through his work, Geoff seeks to continue his passion for science education by engaging citizen scientists in the restoration efforts with the goal of having volunteers maintain long-term monitoring over time.