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

Cameron Braswell

Masters student

Thesis: Effects of Microplastics on Symbiotic Freshwater Keystone Species

Research Technician

Tyler Allen



B.S. Biological Sciences

GCC Undergraduate Research Award

2021- present

Past undergraduate researchers

Tyler Allen, Class of 2022, Biological Sciences

Ray Crump Class of 2022, Biological Systems Engineering