Prof. J Murray Roberts

Dr Murray Roberts Prof. Roberts a marine biologist who studies the biology and ecology of deep-sea or cold-water corals.

These organisms vary from single solitary corals to large reef framework-forming scleractinian species. The latter, and long-lived octocorals and black corals, form structurally complex habitats on the continental shelf, slope, offshore banks and seamounts where studies over the last ten years have shown them to form local centres of species diversity and important archives of palaeoceanographic information.

Prof. Roberts' current research goals can be summarised as ‘working to advance understanding of the biology and ecology of cold-water corals and provide the information needed for their long-term management and conservation’.


Relevant publications


Frank N, Freiwald A, López Correa M, Wienberg C, Eisele M, Hebbeln D, Van Rooij D, Henriet J-P, Colin C, van Weering T, de Haas H, Buhl-Mortensen P, Roberts JM, De Mol B, Douville E, Blamart D, Hatté C. (2011) Northeastern Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and climate. Geology 39: 743-746.

Roberts JM, Wheeler A, Freiwald A, Cairns SD. (2009) Cold-water Corals: The Biology and Geology of Deep-sea Coral Habitats. Cambridge University Press, 334 pp.

Roberts JM, Wheeler AJ, Freiwald A. (2006) Reefs of the deep: the biology and geology of cold-water coral ecosystems. Science 312: 543-547.

Wicks L, Roberts JM (2012) Benthic invertebrates in a high CO2 world. Invited review for Oceanography & Marine Biology: An Annual Review (in press).   


DEFRA Logo NERC Logo DECC Logo LWEC Logo