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Emma Murray

Professor, Biology

Educational Background

2015 - Ph.D, Ecology and Ornithology; University of St. Andrews
2009 – MSc, Applied Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia, UK
2008 – BSc (Hons): Ecology and Environmental Biology, Imperial College London

Professional Background

Highlights of your professional experience and areas of focus.

Emma Murray joined Aims in 2018 and teaches Major’s Biology I and II. She is passionate about showing others the amazing world of Biology and helping students to succeed in college. A large focus of her teaching is directed at reducing barriers to education through active learning, reducing course costs, and teaching transferable skills. She continues to be involved in several projects aimed at increasing use of free educational resources (OER) in higher education and has made and published several OER lab manuals and workbooks that are free for both students and other educators. She thoroughly enjoys being in the classroom and is always looking for new ways to engage students and illustrate complex biological concepts.

Personal Interests

Emma enjoys teaching all aspects of biology, from cellular processes to the ecology and conservation of whole ecosystems. Outside of teaching she is an avid artist, enjoys rock climbing, birding, gardening, and hiking with her rescue pup Phoebe. Originally from the UK, she loves to travel has lived and worked on the Pacific Island of Saipan, in Kenya, Nigeria, Scotland, Costa Rica, and Canada. Outside of the classroom she is her happiest when searching for colorful birds in a tropical forest.