Dr Kris Murray
Environment and Health
I trained in Biology as an undergraduate and received a PhD in disease ecology in 2010, working on the pandemic amphibian disease chytridiomycosis. I have since been working at the interface between environmental, wildlife and human health.
I have strong interests in global change biology and sustainability science, foucssing on spillover ecology, zoonoses, vector-borne diseases, snakebite, land-use and climate change, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity
I generally work on problems where these key themes are interconnected, broadly falling under the inter-related banners of Planetary Health, EcoHealth and OneHealth.
- human health - climate, environmental and social change impacts on infectious disease burdens and distributions, disease emergence, zoonoses, biosecurity risks, health economics
- wildlife health - infectious disease burdens and distributions, disease emergence, disease ecology, biosecurity, wildlife trade
- biodiversity - extinction risks, threats (e.g., trade, diseases, habitat loss, invasive species, climate change), population ecology, behavioural ecology
- ecosystems - habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, ecosystem services
- climate change - influence on ecosystems, biodiversity and human health
I'm particularly interested in problems that characterise the impacts of global change, but that could also be leveraged for mitigating human impacts and promoting better stewardship of the natural world.
- Snakebite eco-epidemiology
- Pathogeography: biogeography (and mapping) of human infectious diseases
- Climate change and infectious diseases
- Health co-benefits of environmental interventions
- Ecology and management of amphibian chytridiomycosis
- Ecology of emerging zoonotic diseases
- Open-learning: massive open online courses (MOOCs)