Matthew J. (Matt) Gray

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  School of Natural Resources
Office: 274 Ellington Plant Sciences
Phone: (865) 974-2740

Focus: Amphibians and ranaviruses

Biographical sketch

Matt Gray, an associate professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, recently published the first review of the ecology and pathology of amphibian ranaviruses. The article appeared in the international journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Gray is studying the ecological and evolutionary relationships between this pathogen and its amphibian hosts. He is also studying the influences of humans on wetlands and the management of wetlands for sustainable use.

Ranaviruses have caused mass mortality of amphibians on four continents, with known die-offs occurring as close as Knox County and in Cades Cove of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gray has two book chapters in press, one book chapter published, and seven peer-refereed journal articles with colleagues and students on ranaviral disease.

Recent Publications


Saving Salamanders
Many small creatures vital to our ecosystems are threatened by a pathogen that could decimate their population. Researchers at UTIA are working to save salamanders.  
Ranavirus Amphibians
A killer virus is attacking amphibians native to the Smoky Mountains. Our researcher's are studying the impact of the virus, and looking to help the species most vulnerable.  
Many bird species migrate to Tennessee from Canada, and take up residence on our wetlands. We are researching the importance of mudflats and how that habitat impacts shorebirds.