Chelsea Gray
 COVES Fellow Profile

Chelsea Gray

  • Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science and Public Policy
  • George Mason University
  • Office of Virginia Delegate Rodney Willett

“As a result of the fellowship, I’ve formed long-term relationships with individuals in state government. Together, we plan to continue our work on legislation in the upcoming legislative session.”

Summer Responsibilities: Chelsea researched a variety of topics from a science and state policy perspective. They included environmental protections, campus sexual assault, public comment periods, and mental health policy. She also gained experience in taking policy from initial idea to draft legislation.

Background: Chelsea’s research interests include individual based modeling, social science, and policy. She is currently developing a model of basking shark behavior in Ireland. She is the president of the Conservation Marketing and Engagement Working Group. She is passionate about science outreach and education.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science and Public Policy, George Mason University