Alden Griffith
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College

Alden Griffith
Alden Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley.

His research interests in plant ecology include invasive species, plant-plant facilitation, and the effects of climate change. How are nonnative plants interacting with natives, and what does this mean for population growth/decline? To what degree does climate regulate plant populations and determine invasion success? Much of his research combines field-based experimentation and observation with quantitative population modeling in order compile a thorough systems-level understanding at scales relevant to management.

Beyond his ecological research, Alden has examined matters of communication and misconceptions in climate change science. More broadly, he is interested in the difficult question of how to promote critical thinking and scientific literacy in an age with unparalleled access to both information and misinformation. We live in a fascinating time, where scientists find themselves in an awkward place: highly respected by the public according to polls, yet often marginalized in the decision-making process in today's polarizing political atmosphere.

Alden received his B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, teaching courses in Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences.