Core Faculty & Chair, BA Program
Dawn A. Murray, PhD, received her PhD in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, examining the effects of climate change on intertidal plant and animal communities. Dawn worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for five years while researching deep-sea habitats of jellies using remotely operated submersibles for her Master of Science degree. Additionally, she co-created citizen science programs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Society. She has numerous publications and international conference presentations and has been invited to consult as an ecologist, educator, and reviewer for many panels.
Dawn is the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Department and oversees the Environmental Studies courses at Antioch University Santa Barbara, teaching natural history, marine biology, and field courses. Dawn has been an active Board Member for the Tribal Trust Foundation involved in preserving global indigenous cultures and habitats. She is passionate about protecting marine life and inspiring conservation initiatives for a sustainable future.