Rick Murray is Division Director, Ocean Sciences, at the National Science Foundation, on a four year IPA position beginning January, 2015. Murray is a Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University (BU), where he has been located since 1992. He was the Director of the BU Marine Program from 2006-2009, and served as Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences from 2000-2005.
After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Graduate School of Oceanography (University of Rhode Island).
Murray’s research interests are in marine geochemistry, with an emphasis on sedimentary chemical records of climate change, as well as modern oceanographic processes in the tropics. He has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific research papers. Murray’s research funding has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the Ocean Drilling Program and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the U. S. Geological Survey, and other agencies. Murray is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a former Trustee of the Sea Education Association (resigning upon accepting the NSF position), and helped initiate and manage the Link Foundation’s Ph.D. Fellowship Program in “Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation”. As a seagoing oceanographer, he has participated on many research cruises in various capacities, including Co-Chief Scientist on the “Asian Monsoon” IODP expedition and Chief Scientist on the last full research cruise of the R/V Knorr.
Rick Murray is a resident of the coastal community of Scituate, Massachusetts, where he has lived since 1998. He was an elected Selectman from 2006-2014 (a position he resigned upon accepting the NSF position), and served as Chair, Vice-Chair, and Clerk of the Board of Selectmen at various times. In his capacity as Selectman, Murray took a special interest in coastal issues, worked closely with stakeholders from the coastal community, and also addressed commercial fishing, media relations and outreach.