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Dr. Kristine  Grayson
Dr. Kristine Grayson
Associate Professor of Biology

Kristine Grayson received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Virginia for her work on population dynamics and migration in salamanders. Her postdoctoral work has ranged from studying reptiles threatened by climate change in New Zealand to testing how thermal limits impact the spread of the gypsy moth, an invasive forest pest in eastern North America.

Grants and Fellowships

US Army Corps of Engineers Cooperative Agreement Award, Baseline Surveys for Amphibians and Prothonotary Warblers at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, 2014

 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant, “Population Persistence at an Invasion Front: Climatic Limitations on the Spread of the Gypsy Moth,” 2014

NSF International Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, “Population Sex Ratio Bias: Influences of Climate and Consequences for Extinction," 2011

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, “Extreme Turtles: Studying the Biggest, Rarest, and Most Threatened Turtles in Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Seychelles, and South Africa,” 2003

Edgar F. Shannon Award for Top Graduating Student in Arts & Sciences, The Z Society of UVA, 2010
Andrew Fleming Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in Biology, UVA, 2010
Best Student Presentation, Aquatic Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America, 2009
Richard L. Hoffman Award for Best Paper Presentation, Virginia Herpetological Society, 2008
Sigma Xi Celebration for Undergraduate Research Award, 2003
Excellence in Student Presentation Award, World Association of Copepodologists, 2002
Selected Publications

Thompson, L.M., K.L. Grayson, and D.M. Johnson. 2016. Forest edges enhance mate-finding in the invasive European gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.

Grayson, K.L., D. Parry, T. Faske, A. Hamilton, P.C. Tobin, S.J. Agosta, and D.M. Johnson. 2015. Performance of wild and laboratory-reared gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae): A comparison between foliage and artificial diet. Environmental Entomology 44: 864 – 873.

Grayson, K.L., N.J. Mitchell, J.M. Monks, S.N. Keall, J. Wilson, N.J. Nelson. 2014. Sex ratio bias and extinction risk in an isolated population of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). PLoS ONE 9: e94214.

Grayson, K.L., S.P. De Lisle, J.E. Jackson, S.J. Black, and E.J. Crespi. 2012. Behavioral and physiological female responses to male harassment in a pond-breeding amphibian. Frontiers in Zoology 9: 24.

Grayson, K.L., L.L. Bailey, and H.M. Wilbur. 2011. Life history benefits of residency in a partially migrating pond-breeding amphibian. Ecology 92: 1236-1246.

De Lisle, S.P. and K.L. Grayson. 2011. Survival, breeding frequency, and migratory orientation in Ambystoma jeffersonianum. Herpetological Conservation Biology 6: 215-227.

Bloch, A.M. and K.L. Grayson. 2010. Reproductive costs of migration for males in a partially migrating pond-breeding amphibian. Canadian Journal of Zoology 88: 1113-1120.

Grayson, K.L. and H.M. Wilbur. 2009. Sex- and context-dependent migration in a pond-breeding amphibian. Ecology 90: 306-312.

Grayson, K.L. and H.D. McLeod. 2009. Evaluating the reproductive cost of migration for females in a partially migrating pond-breeding amphibian. Journal of Zoology 279: 71-77.

Roe, A.W. and K.L. Grayson. 2009. Repeated exposure to fluorescent powder does not affect survival or mass in eastern red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. Applied Herpetology 6: 295-299.

Roe, A.W. and K.L. Grayson. 2008. Terrestrial movements and habitat use of eastern red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. Journal of Herpetology 42: 22-30.

Grayson, K.L. and A.W. Roe. 2007. Glow sticks as effective bait for capturing aquatic amphibians in funnel traps. Herpetological Review 38: 168-170.

Grayson, K.L., L.W. Cook, M.J. Todd, D. Pierce, W.A. Hopkins, R.E. Gatten Jr., and M.E. Dorcas. 2005. Effect of prey type on specific dynamic action, growth, and mass conversion efficiencies in the horned frog, Ceratophrys cranwelli. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 141: 298-304.

Grayson, K.L. and M.E. Dorcas. 2004. Seasonal temperature variation in the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta). Herpetologica 60: 325-336.

Ph.D., University of Virginia 2010
B.S., Davidson College 2003
Contact Information
B323 Gottwald Center for the Sciences
(804) 484-1623
Areas of Expertise
Population ecology
Physiological ecology
Conservation of amphibians and reptiles
Spread of invasive forest pests