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80 Nichol Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882

Phone: (732) 932-0649 x13


Research Interests:

My current interest is in the development of hypothetico-deductive theories in population biology, particularly concerned with the evolution of clutch size, mating systems (monogamy, polygyny, polyandry, and polygyny-polyandry), sexual dimorphism, and intra- and interspecific territorial behavior. Other areas of interest are predator/prey interactions and interspecific competition. Recently I have been modeling the rates of change of alternative alleles in populations with complex structure (different survivorship and age of first breeding of males and females with different genotypes).

Selected publications:

Murray, B. G., Jr. 1979. Population Dynamics: Alternative Models. Academic Press, New York.

Murray, B. G., Jr. 1984. A demographic theory on the evolution of mating systems as exemplified by birds. Pp. 71-140 in Evolutionary Biology, vol.18 (M. Hecht, B. Wallace, and G. Prance, eds.), Plenum, New York.

Jehl, J. R., Jr., and B. G. Murray, Jr. 1986. The evolution of normal and reverse sexual size dimorphism in shorebirds and other birds. Pp. 1-86 in Current Ornithology, vol. 3 (R. F. Johnston, ed.) Plenum, NY.

Murray, B. G., Jr. 1991. Sir Isaac Newton and the evolution of clutch size in birds: a defense of the hypothetico-deductive method in ecology and evolutionary biology. Pp. 143-180 in, Beyond Belief: Randomness, Prediction, and Explanation in Science (J. L. Casti and A. Karlqvist, eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Murray, B.G., Jr., 1994. On density dependence. Oikos 69 (3):520-523.

Murray, B.G., Jr. 1992. Research methods in physics and biology. Oikos 64: 594-596.

Murray, B. G., Jr. 1997. Population dynamics of evolutionary change: demographic parameters as indicators of fitness. Theor. Popul. Biol. 51:180-184.

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