My Story

I knew even as a college student that I wanted to teach at a small liberal arts school like Warren Wilson. I enjoyed small class sizes, great interactions with my professors, and personal attention that allowed me to succeed in my own academic career, and I wanted to one day positively impact students from the other side of the coin. I fell in love with forest ecology and ecosystem dynamics in college, and I ended up working in tropical rainforests as a graduate student, Eastern deciduous forests as a postdoctoral fellow, as well as conifer forests out west as an Assistant Professor. However, I was finally pulled back into the southern Appalachians where I call home, close to where I grew up in northeast Georgia. The Warren Wilson College Forest is a truly unique resource to teach students about forest concepts and applications that will hopefully make them better-informed citizens and land stewards regardless of their chosen career paths.

Faculty Member Eric Griffin stands smiling outside of Orr Cottage.


  • B.S. in Biology, Berry College
  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Research Interests

  • Forest Ecology
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Community ecology

Courses Taught

  • Forest Biology (ENS/BIO 233)
  • Forest Pests and Pathogens (ENS 3701)
  • Silviculture (ENS 3340)

Crews and Other Activities

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi
  • Associate Researcher, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Contact Dr. Griffin

(828) 771-3762
Morse 102
WWC CPO 6327

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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