Tara Murray

Senior LecturerTara Murray

School of Forestry Rm 231
Internal Phone: 95987


Research Interests

Current research projects:
Conservation management of the Robust Grasshopper - threats, monitoring methods and ecological requirements (in collaboration with ECan and DOC)
Impacts of insect defoliators on the growth and recovery of plantation eucalypts in Dryland environments (in collaboration with NZDFI)

Recent Publications

  • Millen P., van Ballekom S., Altaner C., Apiolaza L., Mason E., McConnochie R., Morgenroth JA. and Murray T. (2018) Durable eucalypt forests – a multi-regional opportunity for investment in New Zealand drylands. New Zealand Journal of Forestry 63(1): 11-23.
  • Lin H., Murray TJ. and Mason EG. (2017) Incidence of and defoliation by a newly introduced pest, Paropsisterna variicollis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), on eleven durable Eucalyptus species in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection 70: 45-51.
  • van Haandel A., Kerr JL., Laban J., Massart X., Murray TJ., O'Connor BC., Pawson SM., Romo CM. and Walker S. (2017) Tolerance of Hylurgus ligniperda (F.) (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) and Arhopalus ferus (Mulsant) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) to ionising radiation: a comparison with existing generic radiation phytosanitary treatments. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 47 18: 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40490-017-0099-x.
  • Murray TJ. and Mansfield S. (2015) Reproductive characteristics of invasive hyperparasitoid Baeoanusia albifunicle have implications for the biological control of eucalypt pest Paropsis charybdis. Biological Control 91: 82-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.08.001.
  • Murray TJ., Ellsworth DS., Tissue DT. and Riegler M. (2013) Interactive direct and plant-mediated effects of elevated atmospheric [CO2] and temperature on a eucalypt-feeding insect herbivore. Global Change Biology 19(5): 1407-1416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12142.

Dr Murray coordinates/lectures in the following non-Forestry courses.  

BIOS201 (Coordinator and Lecturer)

BIOL211 (Lecturer); course offered in even-numbered years

ENVR201 (Lecturer)

ENVR410 (Lecturer)