nick murray

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. 2018

The role of remote sensing in structured assessments of ecosystem status. Science of the Total Environment. 619-620: 249-257. 2018

Selecting and applying indicators of ecosystem collapse in risk assessments. Conservation Biology. 2018

Defining and diagnosing ecosystem collapse for risk assessment. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2018

Towards robust predictions of risks to biodiversity: scaling range sizes to threats. Conservation Biology.32:322-332 2018

Biodiversity and China’s new Great Wall. Diversity and Distributions 24:137–143. 2018

The large-scale drivers of population declines in a long-distance migratory shorebird. Ecography. 41: 867-876 2017

Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. 2017

Reliance on the Yellow Sea predicts population collapse in a migratory flyway. Nature Communications. 8:14895 2017

The use of range size to assess risks to biodiversity from stochastic threats. Diversity and Distributions. 23(5):474-483 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 2017

Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia. Emu, 116(2):119-135. 2016

Distribution, extent and protection of intertidal habitats in Australia. Emu, 116(2):208-214. 2016

Tidal flats of the Yellow Sea: A review of ecosystem status and anthropogenic threats. Austral Ecology, 40(4):472-481. 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. 2015

Protecting habitat for migratory shorebirds in East Asia. Journal of Ornithology, 156: S217-S225. 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. ** 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. 2015

Tracking the rapid loss of tidal wetlands in the Yellow Sea. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12:267-272.  ** 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. 2013

Continental scale mapping of tidal flats across East Asia using the Landsat Archive. Remote Sensing, 4, 3417-3426. 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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