Dale Griffin

Dale is currently employed by the U.S. Geological Survey as an environmental public health microbiologist and is working on microbial water quality issues and long range dust storm associated dispersion of microorganisms around the globe. 

Biography

Dr. Griffin received a B.S. in Microbiology in 1990 from the Department of Biology, University of South Florida (USF). In December of 1994 he received a Master of Science in Public Health, with a research focus on methods development (immuno-magnetic separation, multiplex-PCR, oligonucleotide blotting) for the detection of two pathogenic protozoa (Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia) in environmental samples, from the College of Public Health, USF (major advisor, Dr. Joan B. Rose).  In December of 1999 he received a Doctorate of Philosophy with a research focus on the use of molecular methods for detection of water quality indicator microorganisms and pathogenic viruses in fresh and marine waters from the Department of Marine Sciences, USF, St. Petersburg, Florida (major advisor, Dr. Joan B. Rose). In his first Post Doctoral position at USF’s College of Marine Science, he worked with Dr. John H. Paul III on human enterovirus detection assays, marine lysogeny and isolation of viruses lytic to the red-tide agent Karenia brevis. In his second Post Doctoral position at the United States Geological Survey in St. Petersburg Florida, he worked with Dr. Eugene A. Shinn 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 methods development for isolation of microbes from various environments (air, water and soil) and a continental wide survey of United States soils for the background prevalence of bacterial and viral pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes. Other projects include microbial water quality issues and long-range dust storm associated dispersion of microorganisms around the globe (bacterial, fungal and viral community and pathogen isolation and identification).

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Academic Degrees

  1. Doctor of Philosophy. August 1999. Department of Marine Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida. St. Petersburg, Florida. Area of study - Environmental microbiology. Dissertation: Microbiological studies of Florida waters. Major Professor - Joan B. Rose.
  2. Master of Science in Public Health, December 1994. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida. Area of study - Environmental microbiology. Thesis: Simultaneous detection of Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts in environmental water samples using the polymerase chain reaction. Major Professor - Joan B. Rose.
  3.  Bachelor of Science, December 1990. Microbiology, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida.
  4. Associate of Arts, August 1989. University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida.

 

Academic Certificates

  1. Essentials of Business Intelligence, April 2017. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  2. Master Certificate in Organizational Leadership, January 2016. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  3. Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers, January 2016. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  4. Strategic Organizational Leadership, October 2015. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  5. Master Certificate in Lean Enterprise Solutions,August 2015. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  6. Essentials of Project Management, August 2015. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  7. Master Certificate in Six Sigma, May 2015. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  8. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, April 2015. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania
  9. Lean Six Sigma, December 2014. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.
  10. Six Sigma Green Belt, June 2014. Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania.

 

Leadership Education

  1. Supervisor workshop. U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, Florida, 2010
  2. Leadership Intensive. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, 2007
  3. Table-Top Exercise: Incident Command System and responding to a public health event. American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, Florida, 2006.
  4. Primary Non-Commissioned Officers Academy – U.S. Army. Graduated 1st in class, Awarded - Distinguished Leader. Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, 1980.

 

Other Education

  1. Workshops: Foreign Services Institute. PN113 – Working in an Embassy, MQ911 – Security Overseas Seminar, Arlington, Virginia, 2011; Intermediate GIS I & II. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2009; Beginning GIS I & II. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2008; A short course in applied statistics for the researcher, American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, Georgia, 4 June 2005; DNA sequence based identification and typing of microbes: Generation and analysis of data and interpretation of results. American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, Georgia, 5 June 2005.
  2. SCUBA/First Aid/Boat Safety: PADI certified SCUBA Dive Master, #DM-99294, 1996. PADI Open Water certified 1989. Additional certifications in Advanced Open Water (PADI, 4 May 1991), Water Rescue (PADI, 10 October 1993), Equipment Specialist (PDI, 1 January 1991), Enriched Air/Nitrox (SSI, 25 March, 2008), and Emergency Oxygen for SCUBA Diving Injuries (DAN, renew 11 February, 2014). Experience with full facemask communication and manual degassing. CPR and AED, ASHI, Wilderness Emergency Care, ASHI, Tallahassee, Florida 2011. Motorboat Operator Certification Course (USGS, renew 2013).
  3. US Army Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare School. Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, 1980.

 

Positions

  1. Environmental and Public Health Microbiologist. 2003- current. U.S. Geological Survey, Geological Division. Tallahassee, Florida. Working on long-range transport of microorganisms in Earth’s atmosphere in addition to coastal and groundwater microbiology studies. 
  2. Courtesy Faculty. 2007 – current. Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Tallahassee, Florida.
  3. USGS Agency Representative. 2010 - 2015. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Planetary Protection Subcommittee. Washington, D.C.
  4. Postdoctoral Research Associate. 2000- 2003. U.S. Geological Survey, Geological Division. St. Petersburg. Florida. Working with Eugene A. Shinn 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. 
  5. Visiting Assistant in Research/Postdoctoral Research. 1999-2000. Department of Marine Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida. Working with John H. Paul III on human enterovirus detection assays, marine lysogeny and isolation of viruses lytic to the red-tide agent G. breve.
  6. Graduate Research Assistant 1994-1999. Department of Marine Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida
  7. Graduate Research Assistant 1992-1994. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida.
  8. U.S. Army. Rank E-5. Cavalry Scout. Honorable Discharge. June 1977 – June 1981