United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Alison Murray

Full Professor
Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Research Interests
Alison Murray is a microbial ecologist with expertise in biological oceanography, molecular biology, environmental genomics and the study of life in extreme environments. She's worked on a number of Antarctic research projects that have taken her from the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and North-west Weddell Sea, to McMurdo Sound and Lake Vida, in the McMurdo dry valleys. She's also helped teach a graduate-level training course in Antarctic biology at McMurdo Station on several occasions. Her work has involved studying free-living and host associated microbes, their diversity, ecological patterns, and adaptive capabilities as well as their roles in biogeochemical processes. Recent work has illuminated the diversity of an Antarctic ascidian-associated microbiome, and the genome-encoded biosynthetic pathway of a potential anticancer compound palmerolide A, in a new genus of bacteria.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
McMurdo Station
Palmer Station
ARSV Laurence M. Gould
RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer
Research Keywords
microbial ecology, genomics, adaptation, oceanography, hypersaline brine, evolution
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
Other NSF Antarctic Programs
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Life Sciences Group
Current SCAR Group Participation
none at the moment