Dr. Murray Roberts

Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology at The University of Edinburgh

Murray Roberts is full professor at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and co-ordinates the European ATLAS 2016-20 and iAtlantic 2019-23 projects.

Murray Roberts is Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and co-ordinator of the European ATLAS and iAtlantic projects. Before this he was Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. He studied Biology at the University of York before a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on deep-sea ecosystems has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’ (Cambridge University Press), a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he was a Marie Curie Fellow 2007-09. From 2012-15 he co-ordinated Heriot-Watt University’s role in the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology. The Lyell Centre is a collaboration with the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University that opened in 2016. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises.

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