Prof. Murray Roberts

Murray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and co-ordinates the European ATLAS  and iAtlantic projects.

His previous roles include Reader and then Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2009-16) where he co-ordinated the development of the Lyell Centre (2012-15). Before working in Edinburgh Murray was based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (1997-2009) with a period as Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Marine Science, University North Carolina Wilmington in the USA (2007-09).

Murray studied Biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’, the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats, a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and holds an honorary position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises.

Publications: Please see Edinburgh Research Explorer

Twitter: @jmurrayroberts

ResearchGate: Personal page

ResearchGate: Lab group page

LinkedIn: Personal profile

Contact details

Prof J Murray Roberts FRSB
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Grant Institute, James Hutton Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3FE, UK

Office +44-(0)131-650-5091
Mobile +44-(0)7810-772021
Email murray.roberts[at]