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Murry, Brent

Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology

Brent Murry is an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology in the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources program at WVU.  He grew-up in Lancaster county, PA and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology at California University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree in Applied Ecology Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University in Maryland in association with the Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Aquatic Ecology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Prior to joining the faculty of West Virginia University in August of 2020 he was a Science Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico and prior to that spent approximately 6 years working across the Great Lakes as a research assistant professor at Central Michigan University.  His research focuses on aquatic food web dynamics, aquatic invasive species, and the impact of other anthropogenic insults (especially the symptoms of climate change) to the integrity of aquatic systems.  He tries to work closely with natural resource managers to frame his research toward applied and pressing needs. He has worked across a wide spectrum of aquatic systems including small tropical streams, wetlands, hypersaline estuaries, lakes and reservoirs, including the Great Lakes, but is especially drawn to large working rivers where the interactions between people and aquatic systems are especially profound.  When not conducting research or teaching Brent enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as canoeing and kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, surfing, biking, camping, and hiking. 


  • Gehring, T.M., C.R. *Blass, B.A. Murry, and D.G. Uzarski. 2020. Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands as Suitable Habitat for Invasive Mute Swans. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
  • Murry, B.A., Ania, A., Boase, J., Briggs, A., Chiotti, J., *Fullard, C., Galarowicz, T., Hayes, D., Leonardi, J., *Madel, G., and *Stoller, J. 2020. Evaluation of a naturalized rock ramp fish passage for cool- and warm-water fish in a tributary of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. Fisheries Management and Ecology 27(1): 77-91. DOI: 10.1111.fme.12392
  • Murry, B.A. 2019. Wetland Conservation Requires Transition toward Landscape-Scale Interdisciplinary Approaches. Wetlands 39(6): 1249-1254. DOI 10.1007/s13157-019-01237-9
  • Murry, B.A., J. Bowden, B. *Branoff, A. Diaz-Conde, M. Garcia-Bermudez, B. Middleton, J. Ortiz-Zayas, C. Restrapo, and A. Terando. 2019. Perspective: developing flow policies to balance the water needs of humans and wetlands requires a landscape scale approach inclusive of future scenarios and multiple timescales. Wetlands 39(6): 1329-1341. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-019-01184-5
  • Campellone, R.M., K.M. Chouinard, N.A. Fisichelli, J.A. Gallo, J.R. Lujan, R. McCormick, T. Miewald, B.A. Murry, and D.J. Pierce. 2018. The iCAPP framework for landscape conservation design. Landscape and Urban Planning. 176:64-74.
  • Pyron, M., Becker, J.C., Broadway, K.J., Etchison, L., Minder, M., Decolibus, D., Chezem, M., Wyatt, K., and Murry, B.A. 2017. Are long-term fish assemblages changes in a large US river related to the Asian carp invasion? Test of the hostile take-over and opportunistic dispersal hypotheses. Aquatic Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s00027-017-0525-4
  • Uzarski, D.G., Brady, V.J., Cooper, M.J., Wilcox, D.A., Albert, D.A., Axler, R.P., Bostwick, P., Brown, T.N., Ciborowski, J.J.H., Danz, N.P., Gathman, J.P., Gehring, T.M., Grabas, G.P., Garwood, A., Howe, R.W., Johnson, L., Lamberti, G.A., Moerke, A.H., Murry, B.A., Niemi, G.J., Norment, C.J., Ruetz, C.R., Steinman, A.D., Tozer, D., Wheeler, R., O’Donnell, T.K., and Schneider, J.P. 2017. Standardized measures of coastal wetland condition: implementation at a Laurentian Great Lakes basin-wide scale. Wetlands 37:15-32. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-016-0835-7
(* graduate student, ** undergraduate student)