Wildlife ecology, ecological modeling, animal behavior, human-wildlife conflict, population genetics.
I am a conservation biologist and quantitative wildlife ecologist.
My dissertation research is on landscape-scale ecological connectivity. Specifically, I use spatial models and genetic analysis to investigate how human land use influences mammalian carnivores in California. A few recent projects include: evaluating the land use patterns of GPS-collared pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains, bobcat camera array data in Coyote Valley, and citizen-science collected gray fox data in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
I am interested in collaborating with regional stakeholders on conservation efforts that prioritize landscape connectivity.
Gray, M., C. C. Wilmers, S. E. Reed, and A. M. Merenlender. 2016. Evaluating connectivity models using puma occurrence data in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Landscape and Urban Planning 147:50-58 (PDF).
Gray, M., J. M. Klip, A. R. Krohn, R. A. Marsh, and L. A. McGinnis. 2014. The Big bad wolf or a symbol of the American wilderness? National Science Foundation, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (link).
Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012 - 2015. Validating species distribution model predictions: the importance of human land use.