Patrick Gray

My name is Patrick Gray and I am a marine scientist, software engineer, and Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) with Dave Johnston in the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab.

Broadly my doctoral research uses satellites and drones to understand the interplay of physics and ecology in the ocean. More specifically I'm investigating how the Gulf Stream front structures productivity and biodiversity. Along the way I'm working to develop drone based approaches to map fine-scale ocean color. Combining remote sensing, data science, and biological oceanography I lean heavily on machine learning and scientific computing tools for parsing large amounts of remotely sensed data and connecting satellite, drone, and in-situ oceanographic monitoring. I'm also very interested in tools and research that will be relevant for Earth science and for exploring other bodies within our solar system.

Before joining the Duke Marine Lab, I worked at Harvard University as a research technician in the deep-sea focused Girguis Lab, served a year and a half as Chief Technology Officer at WayPaver Foundation, and spent time at Moon Express as a Software Engineer developing their ground data systems and engineering team tools. I graduated from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a degree in Computer Science where I started UNC Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and researched computer vision.

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Current Research Interests

oceanographic remote sensing for physical-biological interactions; ocean optics; earth system science; machine learning approaches to remote sensing analysis; drones and autonomous systems to support field scientists in the ocean; intersection of ocean and planetary science

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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