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Assoc Prof Peter Murray

Assoc Prof Peter Murray
Name Peter Murray
Position Specified Term/Task
Section Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Office T274
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2968
Extension 2968
Email
Qualifications GCertEd Qld , MPhil Murdoch , PhD UWA

I was born in Broome, WA and went to school in Perth, the Cocos Keeling Islands, Kalgoorlie and Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea. My undergraduate degree was in Biology and in my Honours degree I majored in ecology and physiology. I did my MPhil part-time while firstly working as a Technical Officer then as a Research Officer in the WA Department of Agriculture where I explored the influence of nutrition on testicular growth in Merino rams. These three degrees were through Murdoch University in WA, then I did my PhD at UWA looking at interactions between nutrition, genotype and wool quality in two different strains of Merinos. In 1995 I was employed by UQ on a nine month appointment to teach animal production, and stayed there for over 25 years during which time I initiated, coordinated and taught several courses in the Wildlife Biology major, then Wildlife Science degree; plus, other courses in animal science and natural resource management. On my journey I have worked in a cordial factory, picked grapes and processed a lot of faeces as well as becoming an animal scientist who has worked with sheep, goats and a wide range of wild life! I enjoy learning and teaching and undertaking research on animals particularly the ecology and behaviour of wild animals ¿ which includes pest animals, and wildlife managed sustainably i.e. for conservation and utilisation. I also enjoy travel and have taken students overseas for them to learn about themselves, and natural resource management in Africa.


Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Animal Behaviour ( 060801 )
  • Animal Nutrition ( 070204 )
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management ( 050211 )
  • Population Ecology ( 060207 )
  • Animal Reproduction ( 070206 )

Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Animal Behaviour ( 060801 )
  • Animal Nutrition ( 070204 )
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management ( 050211 )
  • Population Ecology ( 060207 )
  • Animal Reproduction ( 070206 )


Research topics