Scientist Works to Protect
Our Coastal Marine Ecosystems
by Dave Reid
From Dateline (May 8, 2003)
|Graduate marine biology student Aimee Bullard,
left, and senior Nicolle Panos, chat about seaweed with Steve
Murray, professor of biological science, who is an expert on
marine plants. He is holding a sample of Pterocladiella capillacea.
Murray’s research involving a variety of seaweed known
as the “killer algae” led to a ban of certain species
of this plant in California.
Shortly after receiving his doctorate from
UC Irvine in 1971, Steven N. Murray received job offers from Rutgers,
University of Florida at Gainesville and Cal State Fullerton.
Given the nature of his research interest and what he had been studying,
Murray felt Fullerton provided the opportunity for him to be very
productive as a scholar and teacher. “I enjoy teaching and
I very much wanted to be at an institution where teaching was going
to be part of my job,” Murray said.
In 31 years, Murray has distinguished himself as a
teacher, researcher and student of Orange County’s coastal
marine ecosystems. His expertise has led to his nomination to the
newly created National Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee,
which provides advice and recommendations to the secretaries of
Commerce and the Interior on Marine Protected Areas.