Kristine Grayson and a tuatara.

Kristine Grayson and a tuatara.
Phone: (804) 484-1623

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. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond.

Grants & Fellowships

  • The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust Award, 2016
  • 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