Curriculum Vitae


2012 – Present PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, expected graduation 2017.

2010 – M.S. Biological Sciences, California State University, Pomona, “Seasonal concentrations of total non-structural carbohydrates in burned and unburned Juglans californica.” Advisors: E.G. Bobich, F.W. Ewers, and K. Bozak

2005 – B.A. Biology, Whittier College, Whittier, CA


June 2010 – June 2012, On Call Staff Biologist, Aspen Environmental Group, Upland, CA


Chock V.Y., G Amir, C.R. Davis, C. Ramamoorthy, K.K. Riemer,  D. Ray,

R.G. Giffard and M. Reddy. 2006.  Antegrade Cerebral Perfusion Reduces Apoptotic Neuronal Injury in a Neonatal Piglet Model of Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 131:659-665.




2001-2005 John Greenleaf Whittier Merit Scholarship, Whittier College

2013-2015 NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, University of Connecticut

2015-2018 Outstanding Multicultural Scholar Fellowship, University of Connecticut



2009 California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Research Grant ($400)

2014 Ronald Bamford Fund to the UConn EEB Department ($1500)

2015 Ronald Bamford Fund to the UConn EEB Department ($1500)



Teaching Assistant: University of Connecticut

Introduction to Botany                                                                             Fall 2014


Teaching Assistant: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; University of Connecticut

Introductory Courses

Life Science (non-majors)                                                                          Fall 2009

Foundations of Biology II (majors)         Fall 2009 – Winter 2010 (3 quarters)

Plant Form and Function                                       Fall – Spring 2010 (2 quarters)

Introduction to Botany                                                                              Fall 2014

Advanced Courses

Cell Physiology                                                  Fall 2008 – Fall 2009 (2 quarters)



2015         Ray D.M., and C.S. Jones. Vessel Packing and scaling relationships in petioles. SOCs Symposium, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

2009         Ray D.M., F.W. Ewers and E.G. Bobich. Seasonal changes in non-structural carbohydrates in stems and lignotubers of burned and unburned southern California black walnut (Juglans californica). BSA Annual Meeting

2003         Ray D.M., C.C. Swift. Run-Off Pollution in Residential and Commercial Neighborhood Watersheds. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) Annual Conference



American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Association of Wood Anatomists, Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America