Dr. Austin D. Gray

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Faculty Affiliate, Global Change Center 

SETAC North America Board of Directors Member 

Office: 3002 Derring Hall, email austindg[at]vt.edu

@austin_doug13  Google Scholar  ResearchGate  ORCID Curriculum vitae 

I am an aquatic toxicologist that is interested in understanding the ecological consequences associated with emerging contaminants. Emerging contaminants of interest include microplastics, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. I utilize physiological and ecological approaches to examine their effect. I also utilize analytical chemistry to understand their occurrence and distribution in aquatic habitats and biota. 

Graduate Students

Kathleen Mayer

Ph.D. Student

-Interfaces of Global Change Fellow  

-William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow 2022

Megan Gaesser

Ph.D. Student 

-Interfaces of Global Change Fellow  

-Virginia Tech Cunningham Fellow

Beija Gore

Master's Student

-Virginia Tech Deans Excellence Award

-Virginia Tech Deans Diversity Fellow

Undergraduate Researchers 

Tessa Thibodeau

Piyali Roy

Kathryn Ouimet

Allison Montgomery

Sam Purvis

Past undergraduate researchers

Madison Ruschaupt, Class of 2023, Biological Sciences

Sean Horner, Class of 2023, Biological Sciences

Nathan Ferguson, Class of 2023, College of Natural Resources and Environment

Abby Gill, Class of 2024, Biological Sciences, Honors student 

Tyler Allen, Class of 2022, Biological Sciences

Ray Crump Class of 2022, Biological Systems Engineering