Dr. Robert Gray Biology/Ecology Scholarship

Dr. Robert Gray Biology/Ecology Scholarship

Bob Gray earned a Batchelor’s degree in Biology from Winona State University in 1964, a Masters degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oregon in 1967, and a Ph.D. in zoology and ecology from Illinois State in 1971. He joined the staff of Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in 1973. Throughout his 26-year career with Battelle at many sites, Gray contributed to the national defense and solutions to the nation’s energy problems, all while protecting the environment.

He authored more than 275 book chapters, open literature, and symposium articles, and edited eight books. Gray served as a member of international delegations, including the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists delegation to East Asia and the International Atomic Energy Agency Scientific Panel on environmental monitoring.

He also served as a mentor or major professor to graduate students from the University of Minnesota and Washington State University. Many of his students have gone on to establish impressive careers and publication records of their own. Gray is now an independent consultant. His many projects include evaluating the potential environmental effects of construction and operation of an incinerator designed to dispose of nerve agent on a U.S. Army base, and studying water quality problems in the semi-arid Southwest U.S. He also is using some of the data collected during his graduate studies at Illinois State to answer questions surrounding the worldwide decline of amphibians and observations of increased amphibian malformations.

Scholarship contacts are Dr. Gray and Rosemary.