Scientist Laura Murray, Ph.D., joins Charleston Grit

Retired educator wants to inspire folks to "go outdoors."


Join us in welcoming our newest contributor to Charleston Grit, Dr. Laura Murray, Ph.D.

We are pleased to have her fill a nature niche here and share her expertise with readers. Read on for her bio and background and check back soon for her first post. 

I grew up in coastal Mississippi, exploring local swamps, rivers and woods. My explorations brought me to love and appreciate the outdoors. In college, I majored in marine science so that I could have a career outside. Receiving a masters degree in science education from the University of West Florida in Pensacola led me to a five year high school biology teaching experience. I then returned to graduate school at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary in Gloucester Point, Virginia, where I studied wetlands ecology. 

Upon earning my Ph.D., I joined the Biology faculty at Salisbury University. During my 12-year tenure there, I taught several field courses, which allowed me to pursue my passion for nature. In 1993, I joined the faculty of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory with the dual responsibilities of scientific research and science education. 

As a scientist, my expertise and interests included seagrass and wetland ecology and restoration. As an educator, my primary goal was to link world-class research conducted at our institution with K-12 science education.

Since retiring and moving to the Charleston area, my interests have been in learning about and exploring the nature around us. I started this Notes from Nature blog to share my outdoor experiences with others and to inspire folks to “go outdoors.” I hope you enjoy my trips as much as I do.