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Marcus Griswold
Water Resources Scientist

Natural Resources Defense Council

111 Sutter St
20th floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: (415) 875-6100

Marcus Griswold Integration and Application Network Marcus Griswold Water Resources Scientist Marcus Griswold Photo work(415) 875-6100 Natural Resources Defense Council
111 Sutter St 20th floor
San Francisco CA 94104 USA


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NameMarcus Griswold



Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida
H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands


M.S. Entomology
University of Florida


B.S. Biology
University of Maryland - College Park
Environmental Scholar Program


Marcus Griswold works with communities and agencies to provide outreach, identify needs, and to compile and create strategies for climate change adaptation across multiple sectors across the state of Maryland. Previously he has worked with NGOs, state and federal agencies to analyze opportunities to improve watershed management and resilience in the field of water resources. Locally he was responsible for incorporating measures to quantify and increase aquatic habitat for target species into stream restoration designs. Prior to this, he worked with the commercial forest industry and private landowners in the southeast U.S. and Costa Rica to improve forest management practices along streams. As part of this, he assessed the impacts of watershed management practices and climate variability on aquatic biodiversity, water quality, and water quantity.

Marcus has also taken an active role in on-the-ground restoration efforts and water policy in the state of Maryland. He currently serves on the State Water Quality Advisory Committee, where he has had the opportunity to review and comment on state management plans and the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, including new planning laws and more recently the current permit process for Marcellus Shale projects. As the President of the Board and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for local watershed groups, Marcus has worked to increase watershed restoration efforts in the region and worked with multiple stakeholders to identify gaps in policy and data that limit the protection of water resources. He has worked with the local government to prioritize riparian plantings, provides technical input on Environmental Impact Statements, and is working to engage local citizens in an effort to improve access to streams and knowledge of their benefits.


June 2011- present

Program Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science/Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Annapolis, MD

Responsible for implementation of state climate change adaptation strategies outside of sea level rise, including but not limited to water resources, human health, ecological communities, agriculture, and land use planning. Develops outreach products and compiles tools for climate change adaptation strategies for each sector. Works with experts to assess data needs for climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation.

July 2010 - June 2011

Anthony Lapham River Conservation Fellow
American Rivers Washington, DC

Responsible for the analysis of federal policies that would improve the management of federal and private forests to acknowledge the importance and protect water resources.  Actively engaged non-profit partners, high level agency staff, forest agencies, and decisionmakers to find mechanisms and policy changes that will move this forward, including the use of social media and policy reports.  Led the effort to set the advocacy priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill to ensure the maintenance of conservation programs and a focus of the protection of water resources and downstream communities. Led initiative for a watershed pilot project to demonstrate the importance of forests to downstream communities.

August 2008 - June 2010

Environmental Scientist
Coastal Resources, Inc. Annapolis, MD

Co-authored monitoring plan to adress the impacts of a large scale stream restoration project on aquatic biodiversity and channel morphology for the State Highway Administration. Developed habitat metrics for the evaluation of stream restoration work for the improvement of trout habitat. Sampled and identified aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and amphibian communities for stream and wetland mitigation projects. Conducted watershed assessments and hydrologic assessment of streams and wetlands in need of restoration. Assisted with stream restoration designs. Analyzed the physical integrity of streams and wetlands that were previously restored.


Evergreen Fellow
Friends of the Osa. 2008. Osa, Costa Rica

Designed and conducted an ecological and geomorphic assessment of riparian zone management on private lands. Worked with private farmers to demonstrate the importance of riparian zones and to communicate the public health issues associated with poor water quality.


U.S. EPA STAR Graduate Fellow and Teaching Assistant
University of Florida. Gainesville, FL

Designed and conducted research studies to evaluate state watershed management standards in headwater streams in Georgia and Florida. Compared best management practices for forestry and storm water management in urban and rural streams. Supervised graduate and undergraduate students in the field and lab, provided advice on project design, hypotheses, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Presented research at local and national conferences to academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and management organizations (e.g., the U.S. Forest Service). Formulated budgets, organized progress reports, and acted as a liaison between the grantor (i.e., National Council for Air and Stream Improvement/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) and the University of Florida.


June 2010 - Present

Board Member and Chair Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee
BlueWater Baltimore

January 2010 - June 2011

Watershed Subcommittee
Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee

December 2009 - June 2010

President of the Board
Gwynns Falls Watershed Association

2006 - 2007

Watershed Action Volunteer
St. John's River Watershed Management District

2002 - 2005

Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitator
Florida Wildlife Care



Freelance writer
Examiner, Green Living Blog

Freelance writer and editor
EBSCO, Point of View Database

Freelance writer
Health in a Heartbeat, a public radio series broadcast nationwide



William V. Storch Award($1,000)
Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association

Evergreen Fellowship ($2,982)
Friends of the Osa

2006 - 2008

EPA STAR Fellowship ($74,000)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Invited Workshop; "Snowbird Charrette: Environmental Design" Snowbird, Utah
National Science Foundation/Social Science Research Council


David Moryc
Senior Director
River Protection Program
American Rivers
320 SW Stark St., Ste. 412
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 827-8648

Thomas L. Crisman, PhD
Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions
4202 East Fowler Avenue - SOC 102
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-2954

Zoe Johnson
Office for a Sustainable Future
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-8741


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Griswold MW, Winn RT, Crisman TL, White WR (2006) Dry creek long-term watershed study: assessment of immediate response of aquatic macroinvertebrates to watershed level harvesting and thinning of streamside management zones. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC, 392–395
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Peer-reviewed Publications

Griswold MW, Berzinis RW, Crisman TL, Golladay SW (2008) Impacts of climatic stability on the structural and functional aspects of macroinvertebrate communities after severe drought. Freshwater Biology 53(12):2465–2483
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Griswold MW, Lounibos LP (2006) Predator identity and additive effects in a treehole community. Ecology 87(4):987–995
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Alto BW, Griswold MW, Lounibos LP (2005) Habitat complexity and sex-dependent predation of mosquito larvae in containers. Oecologia 146(2):300–310
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Griswold MW, Lounibos LP (2005) Competitive outcomes of aquatic container diptera depend on predation and resource levels. Annals Of The Entomological Society Of America 98(5):673–681
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Griswold MW, Lounibos LP (2005) Does differential predation permit invasive and native mosquito larvae to coexist in Florida? Ecological Entomology 30(1):122–127
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Conference Proceedings

Miwa M, Summer WB, Terrell SB, Griswold MW, Jones DG, Winn RT, Bell M (2006) Timber harvesting effects on small headwater riparian wetlands in southwestern Georgia. In: Amatya DM, Nettles J (eds) Hydrology and Management of Forested Wetlands Proceedings of the International Conference. ASABE, New Bern, NC
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Science Communication Publications

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Integration and Application Network (2013) Helping your woodland adapt to a changing climate. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 2pp (Newsletter)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Helping your woodland adapt to a changing climate. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 18pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan: Chapter 8 Adaptation. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 24pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Resiliency and water resources management: Water supply in a changing climate. Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Integration and Application Network, 4pp (Newsletter)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Best Management Practices: Preserving clean water in a changing climate. Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Integration and Application Network, 4pp (Newsletter)
Integration and Application Network (2013) Watershed Management: Conservation in a changing climate. Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Integration and Application Network, 4pp (Newsletter)
Boesch DF, Atkinson LP, Boicourt WC, Boon JD, Cahoon DR, Dalrymple RA, Ezer T, Horton BP, Johnson ZP, Kopp RE, Li M, Moss RH, Parris A and Sommerfield CK (2013) Updating Maryland's Sea-level Rise Projections. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 22pp (Report)
Griswold M, Wicks EC and Johnson Z (2013) Climate Change Impact Areas: Planning for a changing climate. Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Integration and Application Network, 4pp (Newsletter)
Griswold M, Johnson Z and Wicks EC (2013) Land Management: Farming in a changing climate. Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Integration and Application Network, 4pp (Newsletter)