Nick Murray

Nick Murray

Role: Research Fellow

Research Focus

I am a research fellow 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.

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.

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.

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Journal articles

  1. Clemens, R.S., Rogers, D.I., Hansen, B.D., Gosbell, K.B., Minton, C.D.T., Straw, P., Bamford, M., Woehler, E.J., Milton, D.A., Weston, M.A., Venables, B., Weller, D., Hassell, C.J., Rutherford, B., Onton, K., Herrod, A., Studds, C.E., Choi, C−Y, Dhanjal-Adams, K.L., Murray, N.J., Skilleter, G.A., Fuller, R.A. (2016) Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia. Emu, 116(2): 119-135.
  2. Dhanjal-Adams, K.L., Hanson, J.O., Murray, N.J., Phinn, S.R., Wingate, V.R., Mustin, K., Lee, J.R., Allan, J.R., Cappadonna, J.L., Studds, C.E., Clemens, R.S., Roelfsema, C.M., Fuller, R.A. (2016) Distribution, extent and protection of intertidal habitats in Australia. Emu, 116(2): 208-214.
  3. Murray, N.J., Ma, Z. & Fuller, R.A. (2015) Tidal flats of the Yellow Sea: A review of ecosystem status and anthropogenic threats. Austral Ecology, 40(4):472-481.
  4. Rodriguez, J.P., Keith, D.A., Rodriguez-Clark, K., Murray, N. J., Nicholson, E., Regan, T., Miller, R., Bland, L.M. Barrow, E., Boe, K., Brooks, T., Oliviera-Miranda, M.A., Spalding, M. & Wit, P. (2015) A practical guide to the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370:20140003.
  5. Murray, N.J., & Fuller, R.A. (2015) Protecting habitat for migratory shorebirds in East Asia. Journal of Ornithology, 156: S217-S225.
  6. Tulloch, V.J., Possingham, H.P., Visconti, P., Halpern, B., Watson, J., Evans, M., Auerbach, N.A., Barnes, M., Beger, M., Chadès, I., Giakoumi, S., McDonald-Madden, E., Murray, N.J., Ringma, J. & Tulloch, A. (2015) Why do we map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make efficient decisions for biodiversity conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13(2): 267-272** Highly cited paper: Top 1% of Environment/Ecology in ISI Web of Science
  7. Murray, N.J., Clemens, R., Phinn, S.R., Possingham, H.P. & Fuller, R.A. (2015) Threats to the Yellow Sea's Tidal Wetlands. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 96:346–348.
  8. Keith, D.A., Rodriguez, J.P., Brooks, T.M., Burgman, M.A., Barrow, E.G., Boe, K., Comer, P.J., Franklin, J., Link, J., McCarthy, M.A., Miller, R.M., Murray, N.J., Nel, J.L., Nicholson, E., Oliviera-Miranda, M.A., Regan, T.A., Rodriguez-Clark, K.M., Rouget, M, & Spalding, M (2015The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: motivations, challenges and applications. Conservation Letters, 8:214-226.
  9. Murray, N.J., Clemens, R., Phinn, S.R., Possingham, H.P. & Fuller, R.A. (2014) Tracking the rapid loss of tidal wetlands in the Yellow Sea. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12:267-272** Included in most cited list for FREE over the past 5 years
  10. Iwamura, T., Possingham, H. P., Chades, I., Minton, C., Murray, N. J., Rogers, D., Treml, E. & Fuller, R. A. (2013) Migratory connectivity magnifies the consequences of habitat loss from sea-level rise for shorebird populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280: 20130325.
  11. Murray, N.J., Phinn, S. R., Clemens, R. S., Roelfsema, C. M. & Fuller, R. A. (2012) Continental scale mapping of tidal flats across East Asia using the Landsat Archive. Remote Sensing, 4, 3417-3426.
  12. Murray, N.J. & Fuller, R.A. (2012) Coordinated effort to maintain migration network. Oryx, 46, 479-448.
  13. Murray, N.J. & Shaw, P.P. (2010) Foraging behaviour and success of the Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca at an urban environment. Notornis, 56 (4): 201–205.
  14. Murray, N.J. & Trebilco, R.T. (2008) An influx of Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides on Macquarie Island. Australian Field Ornithology, 25(1): 40 -41.
  15. Murray, N.J. & Shaw, P.P. (2006) Breeding biology of the Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca at an urban breeding colony, South-east Queensland. Corella, 32(2): 41-45.

Reports (selected)

  1. Bland, L.M., Keith, D.A., Miller, R.M., Murray, N.J., Rodriguez, J.P. (2016) Guidelines for the application of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria, Version 1.0. (eds) IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. (translated into Spanish and French).
  2. Murray, N.J., Miller, R.M., Zager, I., Keith, D.A., Bland, L.M., Esteves, R., Oliveira-Miranda, M.A., Rodríguez, J.P. (2016) Introduction to the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria: course manual. Downloadable from
  3. MacKinnon, J., Verkuil, Y. I. & Murray, N.J. (2012) IUCN situation analysis on East and Southeast Asian intertidal habitats, with particular reference to the Yellow Sea (including the Bohai Sea). IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. (translated into Korean, Russian and Chinese).


  1. Dhanjal-Adams K. L., Hanson J. O., Murray N. J., Phinn S. R., Wingate V. R, Mustin K., Lee J. R., Allan J. R., Cappadonna J. L., Studds C. E., Clemens R. S., Roelfsema C. M., Fuller R. A. (2015) Mapped distribution of intertidal habitats in Australia between 1999 and 2014. Pangaea.
  2. Murray, N.J., Wingate, V.R. & Fuller, R.A. (2014) Mapped distribution of tidal flats across China, Manchuria and Korea (1952-1964). Pangaea.


Contact details

Nicholas Murray

Centre for Ecosystem Science



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