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Cheryl A. Murphy

Cheryl A. Murphy

Assistant Professor, Environmental Toxicology, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Lyman Briggs College


Research Interests:
The main question that motivates my work is how information translates across different scales.  Using fish as a model organism, I strive to synthesize information collected on individuals and use this information to answer questions at a higher level of organization  such as, how do changes in the physiological processes occurring within an individual translate to behavioral changes and ecologically relevant endpoints, how do short term phenotypic changes in life history traits alter long term genetic change, and how do anthropogenic influences such as contaminants  impact such relationships and affect populations or communities of fish? 

Environmental toxicology is a complex field that bridges several different disciplines.  My strengths are that I am well-versed in various subjects (reproductive physiology, behavior, ecology, toxicology, modeling), I can converse in multiple arenas and I can provide links between the different disciplines.  My overall goal is to bridge laboratory work with field sampling and modeling to address issues in environmental toxicology.

Educational Background:
Dalhousie University, B.S., 1993, Marine Biology  
University of Alberta, M.S., 1998, Physiology and Cell Biology
Louisiana State University, Ph.D., 2006, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Selected Professional Activities:
Dr. Murphy holds memberships in the American Fisheries Society and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. She is a reviewer for numerous journals, including: General and Comparative Endocrinology; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; and the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. Dr. Murphy was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Louisiana State University and was also the recipient of LSU's Theodore Ford Memorial Endowed Scholarship.


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