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David Gray

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David Gray, a native of Cornwall, England, came to the University of Niagara Falls Canada in the role of Provost and Vice-President, Academic from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.  

David holds a degree in Marine Biology from the University College of North Wales in Bangor, United Kingdom and a PhD in Zoology from Rhodes University in South Africa. 

Throughout the last 20 years, he has served in several senior leadership roles at academic institutions in the United Kingdom and Canada, including Hartpury College, the University of the West of England, the University of Derby, and the University of the Highlands & Islands. Most recently, he served for a decade as the inaugural Dean and Campus Principal of the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University, where he played a pivotal role in the development of its Agricultural Campus. In these positions, David has been responsible for overseeing extensive budgets, managing large staff contingents, and developing innovative educational programs.  

In 2022, David was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal for services to higher education in Canada.  

A proud father of three girls, David has brought his adventurous spirit, his love for all things Trekkie, and his Cornishman pride to the university. When not overseeing this great institution, you can find David playing in a local band, marching in a parade, or engaged in volunteer search and rescue efforts. 


  • Gray.D.R. & Naylor.E. (]996) – Foraging and Homing Behviour of the limpet, Patella vulgate (Mollusca:Gastropoda): A Geographical Comparison, Journal of Molluscan Studies, 62: 121-124
  • Gray. D.R. & Hodgson, A1′. (1997) – Temporal variations of forging behavior of Patella, Granularis (Patellograstropoda) and Siponaria concvinna, (Basommatophora) on a South African shore. Journal of Molluscan studies. 63:121-124
  • Hodgson. A.N Cretchley, R.. Gray. D.R.& Reddy, K (1997) – Variation in forging activity of Acanthochitona gamoti (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from different habitats. South African journal of zoology      32(2):59-63
  • Gray. D.R. & Hodoson. A.N. (1997). – Reproductive seasonality an sex change in a marine patellid limpet. No of reproduction and development. 43 (Suppl.)77-78
  • Weber, L.I. Gray.D.R., Hodgson, A.N. & Hawkins,S.J. (1998). – Genetic divergences between South African Helcion Species and North East Atlantic H. pellucidum (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) journal of the marine biological association of the United Kingdom
  • Gray. D.R.& Hodgson, A.N. (L998). – Foraging And Homing Behaviour In The High Shore, Crevice Dwelling Limpet, Helcion Pectunculus (Pattellidae). Marine Biology 132: 283-294
  • Chela.Zzi. G., Williams. G.A & Gray, D.R.  (1999) – Field And Laboratory Measurement of Heart Rate in A Tropical Limpet, Cellana Grata,  Journal Of The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 79: 749-751
  • Gray, D.R. & Hodgson, A,N. (1999) – Endogenous Rhythms Of Locomotor Activity in The High Shore Limpet Helcxion Pectunculus (Patellogastropoda): A Preliminary Investigation. Animal Behavior.
  • Uttley, L. & Gray, D.R. (2002) – A Study to Determine Whether The Use of Electicia; Grainding Equipment on Equine Cheek Teeth Can Initiate a Rise in Temperature Sufficient to Cause Thermal Damage. Eqvalan. 
  • Gray, D.R. & Hodgson, A,N. (2003) – Reproduction and Growth of The High Shore South African Limpet. Helcxion Pectunculus. African Zoology, 38: 371-386
  • Gray, D.R. & Hodgson, A,N. (2004) – The Importance of Service Environment on The Survival and Behavior of The High Shore South African Limpet. Journal of Molluscan studies. 70:67-72.
  • Gray D.R. & Williams, G.A. (2010) – Knowing When to Stop: Rhythms of Local Motor Activity in The High Shore Limpet, Cellana Grata Gould. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 391; 125-130.
  • Taylor, H., Williams, P. & Gray, D.R. (2011) – Homelessness And Dog Ownership: an Investigation Into Concepts of Empathy, Attachment, Crime, Drug Use, Health and Public Opinion. Anthrozoos. 17:353-368.