James W. Murray, a UW professor of oceanography, has been named an American Geophysical Union fellow in both the ocean sciences and the biogeosciences sections. According to AGU, a 50,000-member science society, being elected a fellow is a “special tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions.” Previously Murray was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow in 2000.
Murray is a chemical oceanographer interested in such things as the cycling of iron and carbon in the equatorial Pacific where scientists are trying to understand the biological carbon cycling and the flux of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the ocean to the atmosphere. Murray was the founding director of the UW’s Program on Climate Change, a program charged with coordinating research and undergraduate and graduate teaching among 10 disciplines on campus relevant to climate change. His bachelor’s is from University of California Berkeley in geology and his doctorate is from MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in chemical oceanography.