Griffen, Blaine


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2121  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-5930

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Interests
My main teaching interests are in ecology and conservation, behavioral ecology, marine biology, and invertebrate zoology. I also enjoy teaching courses in computer simulation modeling and ecological statistics.
 Research Interests
My training and interests are in marine biology and ecology. My research explores two broad areas. First, I study the responses of animals to environmental changes caused by humans (climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution, etc.). This includes behavioral and physiological responses of individual animals, as well as extinction of populations. Second, I study the role of individual variation within populations, such as differences in animal personality and differences in energetics, and how this individual variation influences population and community interactions. My research uses a wide range of animals in freshwater and marine habitats, including zooplankton, crabs, shrimp, and polar bears. My work also includes a wide range of approaches, from field and laboratory experiments, to physiological analyses, to computer simulation and mathematical modeling.
  • PhD, Zoology, University of New Hampshire, 2007
  • MS, Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University, 2002
  • BS, Zoology, Brigham Young University, 1998

  • Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, 2017-Present
  • Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, 2014-2017
  • Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, 2008-2014
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, 2007-2008

 Honors and Awards
  • University of South Carolina : 2013-2017 McCausland Faculty Fellow
  • State of South Carolina : 2014 Nominee for Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
  • University of South Carolina : 2014 Outstanding Faculty or Staff Volunteer Award
  • University of South Carolina : 2012 Breakthrough Rising Star Award
 Courses Taught

Fall 2017
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 027

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Cannizzo Z, Dixon SR, Griffen BD. 2018. An anthropogenic habitat within a suboptimal colonized ecosystem provides improved conditions for a range shifting species. Ecology and Evolution.  doi:10.1002/ece3.3739

Cannizzo Z, Griffen BD. 2017. Habitata specific impacts of Hurricane Matthew on a range expanding species. Hydrobiologia.  doi:

Hancock E, Griffen BD. 2017. Energetic consequences of temperature and sequential autotomization for the stone crab, Menippe spp. Marine Ecology Progress Series.  doi:10.3354/meps12329

Belgrad BA, Griffen BD. 2017. Habitat quality mediates personality through differences in social context. Oecologia. 184:431-440.  doi:10.1007/s00442-017-3886-4

Riley ME, Griffen BD. 2017. Habitat-specific differences alter traditional biogeographic patterns of life history in a climate-change induced range expansion. PLOS One. 12(5):e0176263.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176263

Griffen BD, Riley ME, Cannizzo ZJ, Feller IC. 2017. Indirect effects of ecosystem engineering combine with consumer behavior to determine the spatial distribution of herbivory. Journal of Animal Ecology.  doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12730

Belgrad BA, Karan J, Griffen BD. 2017. Individual personality associated with interactions between physiological condition and the environment. Animal Behaviour. 123:277-284.  doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.11.008

Griffen BD. 2017. Metabolic cost of capital energy storage in a small-bodied ectotherm. Ecology and Evolution. 7:2423-2431.  doi:10.1002/ece3.2861

Griffen BD. 2017. Modeling the metabolic cost of swimming in polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Polar Biology. 41:491-503.  doi:10.1007/s00300-017-2209-x

Cannizzo ZA, Griffen BD. 2016. Changes in spatial behaviour patterns by mangrove tree crabs following climate-induced range shift into novel habitat. Animal Behaviour. 121:79-86.  doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.08.025

Knotts ER, Griffen BD. 2016. Individual movement rates are sufficient to determine and maintain dynamic spatial positioning within Uca pugilator herds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 70:639-646.  doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2086-2

Belgrad BA, Griffen BD. 2016. Predator-prey interactions mediated by prey personality and predator hunting mode. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 283:20160408.  doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.0408

Griffen BD, Belgrad BA, Cannizzo ZJ, Knotts ER, Eilea R Knotts EH. 2016. Rethinking our approach to multiple stressor studies in marine environments. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 543:273-281.  doi:10.3354/meps11595

Griffen BD. 2016. Scaling the consequences of interactions between invaders from the individual to the population level. Ecology and Evolution. 6:1769-1777.  doi:10.1002/ece3.2008

Belgrad BA, Griffen BD. 2016. The influence of diet composition on the Fitness of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. PLOS One. 11(1):e0145481.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145481

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