Michelle Gray

Assistant Professor, Enviro. and Ecosystem Mgt


Forestry and Environmental Management

I.U.C. Forestry 106


1 506 451 6866

Science Director, Canadian Research Institute

Academic interests

  • Indicators of ecosystem health
  • Environmental monitoring study design
  • Long-term monitoring data analysis

Brief biography

Dr. Michelle Gray is a professor of environmental management at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. She is also a Science Director with the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI). She holds a BSc in Biology and Environmental Science and an MSc in Watershed Ecosystems (Trent University), with a PhD in Biology (UNB) and specializes in aquatic environmental monitoring and assessment.

Michelle has been involved with the development and refinement of guidelines for the federal Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) program and for aquatic monitoring in Northern Canada. She has designed and conducted aquatic monitoring programs related to diamond and gold mines, pulp mills, agriculture, and shale gas development. Michelle teaches on environmental management tools, impact assessment, and practical online and field skills training such as the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN), electrofishing, and water quality data analysis. Her current research interests continue to look at novel and integrated tools to assess aquatic environmental health, and the utility of small-bodied fish species in monitoring by investigating their basic life history characteristics.

Courses taught

  • Environmental Management Tools
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Biophysical Foundations of Ecosystem Management
  • Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Techniques
  • Watershed Resources Management

Selected research

Arciszewski T, MA Gray, and C Hrenchuk, PA Cott, NJ Mochnacz, and JD Reist. 2015. Fish life history, diets, and habitat in the Northwest Territories: Freshwater sculpin species. Canadian Manuscript Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 3066: v + 35p.

Gray, M.A., and D. Merrill. 2014. Acid rock drainage: review of potential impacts to fisheries resources. Prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 25pp.

Gray, M.A. 2014. Age, growth, and movement of freshwater slimy sculpin in northern Canada. Prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 38pp.

Smedley R.A., R.A. Curry, and M.A. Gray. 2011. Testing the Severity of Ill Effects model for predicting fish abundance and condition. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 31: 419-426.