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Dennis L. Murray

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Terrestrial Ecology

Dennis Murray standing in front of trees and a building wearing glasses and a burgundy shirt with an iguana on it, squinting at the camera.

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

Office: LHS D243

Lab: LHS D210

Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7078

Lab Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6245

Email: dennismurray@trentu.ca

Webpage: http://www.dennismurray.ca/

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 3360H: Behavioural Ecology

ENLS 5085H: Population viability analysis

ENLS 5440: Analysis and Interpretation of Ecological Timeseries

ENLS 5330: Population and Statistical Modeling

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.