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About Joe

Joe Gray is a field naturalist and eco-activist who lives in the catchment of the River Colne on the island known as Great Britain. He is a biodiversity recorder for shieldbugs and allies, is currently studying for a PhD in conservation biology, and is a knowledge advisor on ecological ethics for the United Nations' Harmony with Nature programme.


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Current and Past Editor Roles

Associate EditorThe Ecological Citizen

Past EditorThe Hertfordshire Naturalist


FZS (Fellow of the Zoological Society of London)

MBNA (Member of the British Naturalists' Association)

MemRES (Member of the Royal Entomological Society)


September 2016 to present – Candidate for PhD in Conservation Biology (part time), Royal Holloway University of London

2013–2016 – MSc in Forestry (part time), Bangor University

2008 – MA in Zoology gratis, University of Cambridge

2000–2003 – BA Hons in Zoology, University of Cambridge


Ecocentrism, ethics, and wildness


Kopnina H, Washington H, Gray J, Taylor B (2018) The 'future of conservation' debate: Defending ecocentrism and the ‘nature needs half’ movement. Biological Conservation 217C: 140–8. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2018) Green fidelity and the grand finesse: Stepping stones to the 'Pacocene'. The Ecological Citizen 1: 121–9. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2017) A journey to Earth-centredness. The Ecological Citizen 1(Suppl A): 38–41. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Brockington J, Hayward MW, Walmsley JD (2016) How the proposed reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to Britain illustrates competing values and contrasting views associated with humans and the natural world. Country-Side 34(5): 19–25. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Curry P (2016) Ecodemocracy: helping wildlife's right to survive. ECOS 37(1): 18–27. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Curry P (2015) Does conservation need an 'exit strategy'? The case for considering minimal management as a long-term goal. ECOS 36(2): 28–32. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2018) Armchair ecotourism: A tribute to Edward Abbey. The Ecological Citizen 1(2): epub-011. [ARTICLE]

Gray J, Whyte I, Curry P (2018) Ecocentrism: What it means and what it implies. The Ecological Citizen 1(2): epub-010. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2017) Reasons for a reduction of humans' impact on the ecosphere. The Ecological Citizen 1(1): epub-002. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) As if the rest of life mattered. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 48(1): 84. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) The persistence of wildness in Britain. Country-Side 34(4): 25–7. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) Fighting the fall of the wild (on a small island). Country-Side 34(2): 22–4. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2018) Waste away: How research ethics reinforces the case for systematic reviews and meta-analysis in ecoscience. Poster presented at: 2nd International Conference of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, 16–20 April, Paris, France. [POSTER]

Gray J (2017) Transfrontier conservation areas as an antidote to border walls and fences. Video presentation at: 6th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development, 11–12 December, Geneva, Switzerland. [TRANSCRIPT]

Gray J (2016) Ecocentric democracy: Enabling the rights of nature. Oral presentation at: 5th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development, 12–16 December, Geneva, Switzerland. [SLIDES]

Gray J (2016) An ecocentric framework for decision-making in rewilding. Poster presented at: The Future of Wild Europe, 12–14 September, Leeds. [POSTER]

Gray J (2015) Enabling a more critical attitude to assessing the benefits and costs for non-human nature of active woodland management: A systematic literature review to identify knowledge gaps. Poster presented at: Wild Thing? Managing Landscape Change and Future Ecologies, 9–11 September, Sheffield. [ABSTRACT]


Gray J (2016) 'The Real World': How Ecocentrism Diverges from Anthropocentrism. Talk at: Ecological Ethics (a meeting of the South West Futurists), 22 March, Bristol.

Gray J (2015) Self-willed land. Talk at an edge event to: International Permaculture Conference, 8–9 September, London.

Forests and insects


Gray J, Healey JR (2016) Overwintering sites of ladybirds, shieldbugs and allied species in Hertfordshire woodland: how important is aspect? Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 48(1): 86–8. [ARTICLE]


Gray J (2016) Bugs in Hertfordshire: the 2015 terrestrial Heteroptera report. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 48(1): 89–98. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) Three further additions for VC20 to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 3(2):  130. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2016) Some records of Hemiptera-Heteroptera from Hertfordshire (VC20). The Hemipterist 3(1): 56. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) A new species of Lygaeidae for Herts and other updates to the Atlas of the Hemiptera-Heteroptera of the British Isles. The Hemipterist 2(2): 46–7. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) Searching for six-legged jewels in an old quarry. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 47(2): 122–3. [ARTICLE]

Gray J (2015) The changing shape of urban woodland fragments in St Albans: A GIS analysis. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 47(2): 136–9. [ARTICLE]


Gray J, Koricheva J (2017) The impact of partial overstorey removal on insect and arachnid diversity in temperate and boreal forests: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster and lightning talk presented at: Ecology Across Borders, 11–14 December, Ghent, Belgium. [POSTER]

Gray J (2016) Do insects that overwinter as adults in British woodland exhibit a preference for south-facing hibernacula? Oral presentation at: Forest Insects and their Allies Second Annual Meeting, 5 April, Peterborough. [ABSTRACT]


Gray J (2016) The little things that matter: The world of invertebrates. Talk at the Herts and Middlesex Festival of Wildlife, 31 July, Hertford.

Gray J (2016) Invertebrates on an old French lavender farm. Talk for the British Naturalist's Association Herts branch, 5 March, Welwyn.


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Hornet feeding on a fig in The Lot, France