Dawn Murray, PhD

Core Faculty & Chair, BA Program

Phone Number
ext 5170


Dawn Murray, PhD, after graduating with her BA in Biology in 1994 from the University of California Santa Cruz, taught marine science at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for five years. She completed an MS in Marine Science in 1999 at the University of California Santa Cruz collaborating with researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute examining deep-sea habitats of scyphomedusae jellies using remotely operated submersibles.

Dawn received her PhD in Ocean Sciences in 2005 from the University of California Santa Cruz. She examined the effects of climate change and shoreline erosion on intertidal plant and animal communities. Additionally, she created the Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students (LiMPETS) for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program. She has numerous publications and international conference presentations on these topics and has been invited to consult as an intertidal ecologist, educator, and reviewer for many panels.

Dawn was an adjunct at Antioch University for the past four years, instructor at Moorpark Community College, and a lecturer at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department teaching Environmental Processes in Lakes and Oceans. Dawn lives in Santa Barbara with her two sons, cats, dogs, snakes, lizards, fish and other creatures they collect. She enjoys walking on the beach, paddleboarding, hiking, and nature adventures with her young sons.

“Dawn is passionate, informative and creates an environment to learn, explore and share.”
– Student in Environmental Studies, Fall 2010

“Not only does she challenge us to read and write on difficult greening material, she provides great feedback and offers support if we are in need of clarification. She is always smiling, which encourages the learning process.”
– Student in Sustainable Business Practices, Winter 2011