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


William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow


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