Nick Murray

Research Associate
Aust Wetland & River Centre
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I am a research associate in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales. I have a diverse professional background, including working in remote field environments for several years before returning to full-time academic research. I am an ecologist and conservation biologist with research projects focused on developing tools to monitor large-scale processes of biodiversity loss.


  • PhD (Conservation Biology) at the University of Queensland, 2014
  • BSc (Honours), Spatial Ecology, Griffith University, 2005
  • BSc (Environmental Science), Flinders University, 2001




Research Goals

  • To develop methods for quantitative monitoring of global change
  • To understand the large-scale processes leading to the loss of ecosystems and species
  • To identify conservation actions required to slow the loss of biodiversity

Research in Detail

In my research I focus on delivering the science necessary to inform large (continental) scale conservation decisions. I work at the interface of conservation biology, geography and ecology, and have ongoing research projects focused on monitoring change in ecosystems and wildlife populations. I use a range of tools in my work, with particular focus on remote sensing and spatial analysis. Technical expertise includes spatial analysis (ArcGIS, R), remote sensing (primarily Landsat, MODIS), trend analysis (R, WinBUGS), spatial planning (Marxan), ecological field work and computer programming (Python, R). I routinely work in multi-disciplinary teams and have completed collaborative projects that involve authors and advisors from >10 countries.

Research Grants

  • 2013: Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions Early Career Research Grant
  • 2012: School of Biological Sciences Travel Award
  • 2012: Birds Queensland Research Grant
  • 2012: NERP Travel Award
  • 2011-2014: CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship Top-up Scholarship
  • 2011-2014: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Professional affiliations and service positions

I am a member of the IUCN Coastal Ecosystems and Red List of Ecosystems Thematic Groups (Commission on Ecosystem Management), and a member of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Committee for Scientific Standards.




2012: Queensland – Smithsonian Fellow

2012: Best poster at SCCS – Bangalore

2011: Best student presentation at CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship Symposium

2011: Highly commended student presentation at Australian Ornithological Conference

2010: Certificate of Merit in Environment Planning & Conservation by the Planning Institute of Australia