Dr Alison Gray

Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I belong to the departmental Population Modelling and Epidemiology (PME) research group and am an associate member of the Stochastic Analysis group. I lecture in statistics, currently multivariate statistics and introductory probability and statistics. For many years I taught mathematical statistics and survey design and analysis, and also regression modelling.

My research interests cover pattern recognition and machine learning, image analysis, applied epidemiology, SDE models for epidemics, and applications of statistics for honey bee research.   I am a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a former long term member of the British Machine Vision Association.

 I run an annual spring survey of beekeepers in Scotland, collecting questionnaire data to study colony losses over winter and other aspects of beekeeping practice and experience, together with a retired beekeeper colleague. We began this in 2006 and recently carried out our 11th survey. Since 2010 I have been involved in the COLOSS (Prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes); www.coloss.org) honey bee colony loss international research association and have been co-chair of its colony loss monitoring group since September 2014. This group co-ordinates colony loss surveys in more than 30 countries across Europe and beyond. I have been data co-ordinator/analyst of the same group since February 2016.

I was involved in the COLOSS CSI (Citizen Science Investigator) Pollen project for study of pollen diversity across Europe over the 2014 and 2015 foraging seasons, established this project in Scotland, acted as UK co-ordinator, and also as international co-ordinator for a one-year continuation of CSI Pollen in 2016.  

In addition to the above a current project is examining bee race across Scotland, using wing morphometry and multivariate statistics, as well as DNA analysis.

Publications

Honey bee colony winter loss rates for 35 countries participating in the COLOSS survey for winter 2018-2019, and the effects of a new queen on the risk of colony winter loss
Gray Alison, Adjlane Noureddine, Arab Alireza, Ballis Alexis, Brusbardis Valters, Charrière Jean-Daniel, Chlebo Robert, Coffey Mary F, Cornelissen Bram, da Costa Cristina Amaro, Dahle Bjørn, Danihlík Jiří, Dražić Marica Maja, Evans Garth, Fedoriak Mariia, Forsythe Ivan, Gajda Anna, de Graaf Dirk C, Gregorc Aleš, Ilieva Iliyana, Johannesen Jes, Kauko Lassi, Kristiansen Preben, Martikkala Maritta, Martín-Hernández Raquel, Medina-Flores Carlos Aurelio, Mutinelli Franco, Patalano Solenn, Raudmets Aivar, San Martin Gilles, Soroker Victoria, Stevanovic Jevrosima, Uzunov Aleksandar, Vejsnaes Flemming, Williams Anthony, Zammit-Mangion Marion, Brodschneider Robert
Journal of Apicultural Research (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2020.1797272
Investigation of metabolomics techniques by analysis of MS propolis data : which pre-treatment method is better?
Alghamdi Abdulaziz, Gray Alison, Watson David
Advances and Applications in Statistics Vol 58, pp. 13-34 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.17654/AS058010013
Loss rates of honey bee colonies during winter 2017/18 in 36 countries participating in the COLOSS survey, including effects of forage sources
Gray Alison, Brodschneider Robert, Adjlane Noureddine, Ballis Alexis, Brusbardis Valters, Charrière Jean-Daniel, Chlebo Robert, Coffey Mary F, Cornelissen Bram, da Costa Cristina Amaro, Csáki Tamás, Dahle Bjørn, Danihlík Jiří, Dražić Marica Maja, Evans Garth, Fedoriak Mariia, Forsythe Ivan, de Graaf Dirk, Gregorc Aleš, Johannesen Jes, Kauko Lassi, Kristiansen Preben, Martikkala Maritta, Martín-Hernández Raquel, Medina-Flores Carlos A, Mutinelli Franco, Patalano Solenn, Petrov Plamen, Raudmets Aivar, Ryzhikov Vladimir A, Simon-Delso Noa, Stevanovic Jevrosima, Topolska Grazyna, Uzunov Aleksandar, Vejsnaes Flemming, Williams Anthony, Zammit-Mangion Marion, Soroker Victoria
Journal of Apicultural Research Vol 58, pp. 479-485 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2019.1615661
A note about the SBA/COLOSS survey of beekeepers in Scotland
Gray Alison, Peterson Magnus
96 (2019)
Introducing INSIGNIA (environmental monitoring of pesticide use through honey bees)
Gray Alison
96 (2019)
10 years of coordinated study of honey bee colony loss rates – presentation of a COLOSS core project
Brodschneider Robert, Gray Alison,
EurBee 8, 8th Congress of Apidology (2018)

More publications

Professional activities

Honey bee colony losses, surveys in Scotland, and some international results
Speaker
12/4/2018
COLOSS Monitoring Group Workshop, Nitra, Slovakia
Chair
7/2/2018
COLOSS B-rap Workshop, Nitra, Slovakia
Participant
5/2/2018
Mapping bee race across Scotland.
Contributor
5/12/2017
Mapping bee race across Scotland.
Speaker
18/11/2017
Some findings from the monitoring group data 2017.
Contributor
2/11/2017

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Projects

Citizen Science Investigation for Pesticides in Apicultural Products (INSIGNIA)
Gray, Alison (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Pollen collection for assessing forage diversity for honey bees in Britain and Ireland
Gray, Alison (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2017
Industrial Case Account 2012 | Young, Andrew
Marshall, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Gray, Alison (Co-investigator) Young, Andrew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 25-Jan-2017
Nanoscale characterisation of nitride semiconductor thin films using EBSD, ECCI, CL and EBIC.
Trager-Cowan, Carol (Principal Investigator) Gray, Alison (Co-investigator) Hourahine, Ben (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2016
Aquaculture Sampling Approaches for Detection of Veterinary Residues
Gettinby, George (Principal Investigator) Gray, Alison (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2012

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Address

Mathematics and Statistics
Livingstone Tower

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