Undergraduate BBiology Program at a Glance

Dennis L. Murray


Canada Research Chair in Terrestrial Ecology & Associate Professor

B.Sc.(Agr.) (McGill University)
M.Sc. (University of Alberta)
Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin

Office: LHS D243

Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7078

Lab Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6245

Lab: LHS D210

Research interests:
Population dynamics and behavioural ecology
Predation, parasitism and herbivory
Conservation biology and wildlife management

My research mostly focuses on quantifying responses of individuals and populations to factors such as predation, parasitism, or habitat loss; my students and I work in natural, experimental and managed systems, mainly on mammals and amphibians.  I am also interested in the development of models and other tools for the conservation and management of populations or species.


BIOL 3310H: Behavioural Ecology

ELS 544: Analysis and Interpretration of Ecological Timeseries

ELS 533: Population and Statistical Modeling

ELS 553: Population Viability Analysis

Selected publications

Patterson, B.R., and Murray, D.L. 2008.  Flawed population viability analysis can lead to misleading population status assessment: A case study for wolves in Algonquin Park, Canada. Biol. Conserv. 141:669-680.

Murray, D.L., Steury, T.D., and Roth, J.D.  2008.  Canada lynx research and conservation needs in the southern range: Another kick at the cat.  J. Wildl. Manage. 72:1463-1472.

Roth, J.D., Marshall, J.D., Murray, D.L., Nickerson, D.M., and Steury, T.D. 2007.  Latitudinal gradients in diet and population dynamics of Canada lynx. Ecology 88:2736-2743.

Ireland, D.H., Wirsing, A.J., and Murray, D.L.  2007.  Phenotypically plastic responses of green frog embryos to conflicting predation risk.  Oecologia. 152:162-168.

Murray, D.L., Cox, E.W., Ballard, W.B., Whitlaw, H.A., Lenarz, M.S., Custer, T.W. Barnett, T., and Fuller, T.K.  2006. Pathogens, nutritional deficiency, and climate change influences on a declining moose population.  Wildl. Monogr. No. 166

Go to lab webpage for complete publication list and pdf’s

Current Projects in my lab
Population viability analysis for a recovering red wolf population Physiological and behavioural indices of mortality risk snowshoe hares
Amphibian responses to perceived predation risk
Population ecology of wolves in protected (and non-protected) areas
Density dependence in waterfowl populations
Moose population dynamics relative to habitat and climate change

Information for prospective students:
I seek highly motivated and industrious students that are more question- than species-driven.  Prospective students should have good academic standing, a solid understanding of ecological principles and theory, superior field and quantitative skills, and an insatiable curiosity about natural systems.