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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

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

Emeritus Professor of Geology

Emeritus Professor John Murray's photo

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.

Previous appointments

1989-2003: Professor of Geology, Ocean and Earth Science, Southampton
1975-1989: Professor and Head of Department of Geology, University of Exeter.
1962-1975: Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Bristol.
1961-1962: Postdoctoral researcher (1851 Senior Scholar), The Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth.

Honours and awards since 2000:

2007: Brady Medal, The Micropalaeontological Society, inaugural recipient.
2007: Coke Medal, Geological Society of London.
2006: Honorary Member, Palaeontological Association.
2005: Honorary Member, The Micropalaeontological Society.
2003 – current: Long-term visitor to the Natural History Museum
2003-2005: Emeritus Fellowship, The Leverhulme Trust.
2001: Joseph A. Cushman Award, Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, USA.

Former honorary positions:

1997-2003: Royal Society Earth Resources Committee.
1980-2000: Board of Advisors for Geology, University of London.
1993-1997: Editor in chief, Journal of Micropalaeontology.
1989-1992: Honorary Secretary, Geological Society of London.
1978-1980: Chairman British Micropalaeontological Society.
1980-1983: Vice-President, 1990-1992 President, of the Palaeontological Association.
1974-1979: Editor, Palaeontology.
1976-1984: Associate Editor, Journal of Foraminiferal Research.

Research interests

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

Since 1959 I have investigated the ecology of benthic foraminifera (protists with shells) in the Atlantic Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Southern Ocean off Antarctica in environments ranging from intertidal marsh to deep sea. Apart from individual studies I prepare syntheses of data on regional and global scales in order to determine patterns of biodiversity and biogeography and their causes.

Current research projects

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.

Foraminiferal fantasy
Foraminiferal fantasy

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Emeritus Professor John Murray
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/566/09

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