J. Murray Roberts

Director of Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot-Watt University

Murray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. He studied Biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. He is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’, the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats and a contributing author to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


  • –present
    Professor of Marine Biology, Heriot Watt University