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I am an ecophysiologist who specializes in determine how environmental conditions influence oyster physiological rate processes (e.g. feeding, growth) but also how these same processes shape the local environment. Studies range from basic science to highly-applied research. Applied studies include improving aquculture production of oysters and examining restoration activities to improve water quality.

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Contact Information:

email: mgray <at>

Phone office: 410-221-8348

2020 Horns Point Rd

Cambridge MD 21613


Gray Lab in the News:

April 2021- In Chesapeake oysters’ future: underwater drones, shellfish barges? Bay Journal

Jan 2021 – Shellfish farmers: embrace new technologies. Aquaculture North America

Jan 2021 – Solar-powered barge could take oyster farming deeper into Chesapeake. Washington Post

Nov. 2020 – Oysters, the Chesapeake Bay, and a new term: merrior. USDA Radio

May 2020 – Pumped-up performance: Oysters’ filtering feat overstated Bay Journal