Dr Alison Gray


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.


Hyperspectral imaging for erosion detection in wind turbine blades
Young Andrew, Kay Andy, Marshall Stephen, Torr Ralph, Gray Alison
Proceedings of HSI 2016, 12-13th October 2016 Hyperspectral Imaging and Applications Conference (2016)
Outlier and target detection in aerial hyperspectral imagery : a comparison of traditional and percentage occupancy hit or miss transform techniques
Young Andrew, Marshall Stephen, Gray Alison
Proc. SPIE 9844, Automatic Target Recognition XXVI SPIE Defense + Security 2016 (2016)
An observational study of honey bee colony winter losses and their association with Varroa destructor, neonicotinoids and other risk factors
Van Der Zee Romée, Gray Alison, Pisa Lennard, De Rijk Theo
PLOS One Vol 10 (2015)
Parameter estimation for the stochastic SIS epidemic model
Gray Alison, Pan Jiafeng, Greenhalgh David, Mao Xuerong
26th Numerical Analysis Conference (2015)
Citizen science investigation into the diversity of pollen forage available for honey-bees (CSI Pollen). : correction of publishing error
Gray Alison, Peterson Magnus
The Scottish Beekeeper Vol 92, pp. 44-44 (2015)
The threshold of a stochastic SIRS epidemic model in a population with varying size
Zhao Yanan, Jiang Daqing, Mao Xuerong, Gray Alison
Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B Vol 20, pp. 1277-1295 (2015)

more publications

Professional activities

Honey bee colony losses, surveys in Scotland, and some international results
COLOSS Monitoring Group Workshop, Nitra, Slovakia
COLOSS B-rap Workshop, Nitra, Slovakia
Mapping bee race across Scotland.
Mapping bee race across Scotland.
Some findings from the monitoring group data 2017.

more professional activities


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

more projects


Mathematics and Statistics
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