My name is Patrick Gray and I am an environmental 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.

My doctoral research focuses on satellite and drone based remote sensing of oceans and coasts. My work aims to understand spatial and temporal variability of ocean biology and ecology. Working at the confluence of 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 particularly 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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