Dr Nick Murray

Dr Nick Murray

Research Associate
Field of Research
Conservation biology, remote sensing, risk assessment

I am an Australia-based scientist with 15+ years experience working in a variety of academic, agency and private sector positions. At the moment I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Australia, in Sydney. In my research, I focus on delivering the science necessary to inform large scale conservation decisions. I work at the interface of conservation biology, geography and ecology, and have ongoing research projects focused around monitoring change in ecosystems and wildlife populations.  


REMAP: A cloud-based remote sensing application for generalized ecosystem classifications. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13043 2018

The role of remote sensing in structured assessments of ecosystem status. Science of the Total Environment. 619-620: 249-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.034 2018

Selecting and applying indicators of ecosystem collapse in risk assessments. Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13107 2018

Defining and diagnosing ecosystem collapse for risk assessment. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fee.1747 2018

Towards robust predictions of risks to biodiversity: scaling range sizes to threats. Conservation Biology.32:322-332  https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12988 2018

Biodiversity and China’s new Great Wall. Diversity and Distributions 24:137–143. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12675 2018

The large-scale drivers of population declines in a long-distance migratory shorebird. Ecography. 41: 867-876  https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.02957 2017

Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rse2.59 2017

Reliance on the Yellow Sea predicts population collapse in a migratory flyway. Nature Communications. 8:14895 https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms14895 2017

The use of range size to assess risks to biodiversity from stochastic threats. Diversity and Distributions. 23(5):474-483 https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12533 2017

Model-based ecosystem risk assessment under multiple threats: the case of Meso-American reefs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.284:1863 https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.0660 2017

Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia. Emu, 116(2):119-135. https://dx.doi.org/10.1071/mu15056 2016

Distribution, extent and protection of intertidal habitats in Australia. Emu, 116(2):208-214. https://doi.org/10.1071/MU15046 2016

Tidal flats of the Yellow Sea: A review of ecosystem status and anthropogenic threats. Austral Ecology, 40(4):472-481. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aec.12211 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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2014.0003 2015

Protecting habitat for migratory shorebirds in East Asia. Journal of Ornithology, 156: S217-S225. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-015-1225-2 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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1890/140022 ** Highly cited paper: Top 1% of Environment/Ecology in ISI Web of Science. 2015

Threats to the Yellow Sea's Tidal Wetlands. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 96:346–348.  2015The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: motivations, challenges and applications. Conservation Letters, 8:214-226. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12167 2015

Tracking the rapid loss of tidal wetlands in the Yellow Sea. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12:267-272. https://dx.doi.org/10.1890/130260  ** Included in top 15 most cited papers in FREE over the past 5 years and featured in the New York Times and Science. 2014

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.0325 2013

Continental scale mapping of tidal flats across East Asia using the Landsat Archive. Remote Sensing, 4, 3417-3426. https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs4113417 Featured in Nature. 2012

Coordinated effort to maintain migration network. Oryx, 46, 479-48. 2012

Foraging behaviour and success of the Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca at an urban environment. Notornis, 56(4): 201–205. 2010

An influx of Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides on Macquarie Island. Australian Field Ornithology, 25(1): 40 -41. 2008

Breeding biology of the Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca at an urban breeding colony, South-east Queensland. Corella, 32(2): 41-45. 2006 

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