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Prof. Eugene Murphy - Profile

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Professor Eugene Murphy

Is the Science Leader of the Ecosystems Programme of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), which is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  He is also an Individual Merit Promotion Scientist (IM Band 3) and a visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle.  He has a BSc in Marine Biology and a PhD in fisheries science and modelling and has over 29 years research experience.  In 2009 Eugene was appointed the Science Leader of the Ecosystems programme, which is part of the BAS programme: Polar Science for Planet Earth.  Over the previous 10 years he led two large research programmes examining the dynamics of Southern Ocean ecosystems.  His research background is in ocean ecosystem science and ecological modelling, with expertise in population dynamics, food webs, physical and biological process interactions, biogeochemistry, fisheries science.  He has undertaken and led research projects on data analyses and modelling and at sea studies, including as lead scientist in the Antarctic.  


Eugene has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of marine science.   He has served on a range of national and international grant and programme review bodies over the last 20 years.  During that time he has been active in the development of science in the Southern Ocean to address issues of fishery management and sutainability under the Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).  He was involved in the IGBP Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics Programme (GLOBEC) in aspects of ocean ecosystem modelling and Southern Ocean science for over 10 years.  More recently he led the development of the international Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics Southern Ocean programme (ICED), developing analyses of circumpolar Southern Ocean ecosystems.   He is also currently a member of the scientific steering committee of the IGBP global ocean programme Integrating Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research (IMBER).