The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Emeritus Professor John Murray BSc, ARCS, PhD, DIC, DSc

Emeritus Professor of Geology

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John Murray is an Emeritus Professor of Geology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton. He joined the Department of Geology in 1989.



Foraminiferal fantasy
Foraminiferal fantasy




Research interests

The ecology of living benthic foraminifera and the post mortem changes leading to fossilisation.



Current research projects

Biogeography of fjord benthic foraminifera from the NE Atlantic seaboard (with Prof E. Alve, Oslo)
Fjords are sensitive to environmental change so it is important to establish the modern status as a benchmark for comparison with future change.


The role of food supply in controlling the abundance of benthic foraminifera in the Atlantic Ocean
On a local scale there is a correlation between the abundance of individuals living on the sea floor and the availability of food derived from the plankton living in the overlying surface waters. The aim of this project is to test whether such a relationship exists on an oceanic scale. This is important as foraminifera are used to try to determine past organic production in the fossil record.





Research group(s)

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate



Book Section(s)

Emeritus Professor John Murray
Student Office, Room 566/03 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/344/25

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