Keith Ray

Keith Ray

At-Large Director

Instructor of Biology
Reinhardt University

Hometown: Jasper, GA

Keith  hold a BS in Biology from Reinhardt University and an MS in Biology from Auburn University. I study the ecology and evolution of North and South American fish.

Currently, he’s a professor at Reinhardt University where you’ll find him teaching  Introductory Biology, Organismal Biology, and Field Biology. Additionally, I teach introduction to GIS.

Keith has volunteered with several organizations, including The American Chestnut Foundation and the Mountain Conservation Trust. Additionally, I have done outreach  events at several local school systems in the metro Atlanta area leading nature hikes and providing hands-on demonstrations with animals to all age groups of students. 

Keith loves to hike and camp, and also enjoys spending time with family and friends. He’s also a prolific reader – he reads all the time! (By the way, his favorite book is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson)

Keith says it was his grandmother who fostered his interest in conservation. She always appreciated how long it took trees to grow and how removing one is not something that is easily undone. Another person that influenced Keith’s career in conservation was Dr. Steve Powers, introducing Keith to working with the ecology and evolution of fish in the southeast. Through Dr. Powers, he learned that land conservation is a key component to retaining many of the rarest organism that we have. Keith has described THREE new species of fish!