Cheryl A. Murphy

Cheryl A.  Murphy
  • Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Natural Resources
  • 480 Wilson Rd Room 13B
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-432-7771


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.


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



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