Murray’s research is focused on human and marine system dynamics in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, emphasizing the integration of climate, historic, oceanographic and ecological data to better understand how the Arctic functions as a system with people integral to that system. In recent years, she has been engaged internationally in the development of an integrated Arctic Observing System that provides both scientific and societal benefits, including for Arctic Indigenous people, adaptation planning, renewable resource management, and operational services among others. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Polar Knowledge Canada, the Board of Directors of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, and the Board of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators.
Prior to coming to the University of Calgary in July 2013, Dr. Murray was on the faculty at the International Arctic Research Center in the Northern Studies Program of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She holds the position of Executive Director of the International Study of Arctic Change where she is responsible for the development of an internationally supported, ongoing program of arctic environmental change research, science planning and stakeholder engagement.