Predators, parasites and habitat loss all threaten a variety of wildlife species. As Canada Research Chair in Integrative Wildlife Conservation, Bioinformatics, and Ecological Modelling, Dr. Dennis Murray is trying to address these and other threats by developing a better understanding of ecological processes, filling important gaps in environmental monitoring, and forecasting changes to wildlife populations and ecosystems.
With a focus on the boreal forest and amphibians, he and his research team are assessing population trends and abundance. They are also studying interactions between plants and herbivores, predators and prey, and hosts and parasites as well as projecting future population and ecosystem dynamics in a range of scenarios. Ultimately, their innovative work could lead to influential findings that will have a major impact in the fields of ecology and conservation biology.