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.


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)
An update on progress of a wing morphometry study of honey bee race in Scotland
Gray Alison
95 (2018)
"The Bees' needs" : using molecular analysis of bee collected pollen to understand which plants play an important role in honey bee forage
Highet F, Toteva G, Downie M, Peterson M, Gray AJ, Reid A
The Dundee Conference CPNB 2018: The Dundee Conference "Environmental Management & Crop Production" (2018)
Some issues arising in the 2017 survey and looking forwards to the 2018 survey
Gray Alison, Brodschneider Robert
COLOSS Monitoring Group Workshop, Nitra, Slovakia (2018)
Multi-country loss rates of honey bee colonies during winter 2016/17 from the COLOSS survey
Brodschneider Robert, Gray Alison, Adjlane Noureddine, Ballis Alexis , Brusbardis Valters , Charrière Jean-Daniel , Chlebo Robert , Coffey Mary F, Dahle Bjørn , de Graaf Dirk C, Dražić Maria Maja , Evans Garth , Fedoriak Mariia , Forsythe Ivan , Gregorc Aleš, Grzęda Urszula , Hetzroni Amots , Kauko Lassi , Kristiansen Preben , Martikkala Maritta , Martín-Hernández Raquel , Medina-Flores Carlos Aurelio, Mutinelli Franco, Raudmets Aivar , Ryzhikov Vladimir A, Simon-Delso Noa , Stevanovic Jevrosima , Uzunov Aleksandar , Vejsnæs Flemming , Wöhl Saskia , Zammit-Mangion Marion , Danihlík Jiří
Journal of Apicultural Research Vol 57, pp. 452-457 (2018)
Current and planned activities and reach of the monitoring group.
Gray Alison, Brodschneider Robert
13th International COLOSS Conference, pp. 29-29 (2017)

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.
13th International COLOSS Conference, Athens, Greece, 2-3 November 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


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