Dr Kris Murray

Associate Professor
Environment and Health

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

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.


MRC - Gambia


Centre on Climate Change and Planetary 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.

This includes:

  • 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.

Current projects:

  • 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)
Research Area
Climate change
Environmental Health
GIS/Spatial analysis
Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease

Selected Publications

Equity in planetary health education initiatives.
Bonell A; Badjie J; Faal LB; Jammeh S; Ali Z; Hydara M; Davies A; Faal M; Ahmed AN; Hand W
The Lancet. Planetary health
Climate change and communicable diseases in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Rawson T; Doohan P; Hauck K; Murray KA; Ferguson N
Environmental heat stress on maternal physiology and fetal blood flow in pregnant subsistence farmers in The Gambia, west Africa: an observational cohort study.
Bonell A; Sonko B; Badjie J; Samateh T; Saidy T; Sosseh F; Sallah Y; Bajo K; Murray KA; Hirst J
The Lancet. Planetary health
Association between Conflict and Cholera in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Charnley GEC; Jean K; Kelman I; Gaythorpe KAM; Murray KA
Emerging infectious diseases
Cholera past and future in Nigeria: are the Global Task Force on Cholera Control's 2030 targets achievable?
Charnley GEC; Yennan S; Ochu C; Kelman I; Gaythorpe KAM; Murray KA
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Prevalence of bat viruses associated with land-use change in the Atlantic Forest, Brazil.
Loh EH; Nava A; Murray KA; Olival KJ; Guimar√£es M; Shimabukuro J; Zambrana-Torrelio C; Fonseca FR; de Oliveira DBL; Campos ACDA
Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology
The 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: health at the mercy of fossil fuels.
Romanello M; Di Napoli C; Drummond P; Green C; Kennard H; Lampard P; Scamman D; Arnell N; Ayeb-Karlsson S; Ford LB
Lancet (London, England)
Classification of new morbillivirus and jeilongvirus sequences from bats sampled in Brazil and Malaysia.
Wells HL; Loh E; Nava A; Solorio MR; Lee MH; Lee J; Sukor JRA; Navarrete-Macias I; Liang E; Firth C
Archives of Virology
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