Murphy utilized much of his award to focus his efforts on policy advocacy to advance the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act, helping the minority articulate their positions and hold critical statutory ground. He also convened a series of workshops at Stanford, including a workshop etitled "Science and Law in Conservation Planning" which incorporated a dozen of the most significant contributors to the southern California NCCP program from government, the private sector and academia.
The series also included a workshop on incentives to private landowner contributions to biodiversity conservation; an implementation dialogue among agency staff and private landowners and their representatives; and a gathering of prominent conservation scientists to draft a consensus statement on private lands planning under the Endangered Species Act.
Dennis Murphy currently conducts studies investigating the impacts of livestock grazing on riparian communities. In particular, he uses butterflies as surrogate taxa to assess ecosystem health. In his previous position as Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, Murphy conducted wide-ranging conservation biology programs in sites as diverse as Ecuador, Guatemala and Madagascar.
He was the Lead Science Advisor to California's first Natural Communities Conservation Planning effort and was instrumental in developing a reserve design and management plan to protect southern California's imperiled coastal sage scrub ecosystem. Murphy also served on the Thomas Committee which was enjoined by Congress to provide a "scientifically credible plan to conserve the northern spotted owl" and on the National Park Service's Bighorn Sheep Advisory Committee.
Ph.D., Stanford University
1981: Biological Sciences, California, USA
Bachelor of Science, University of California at Berkeley
1974: Entomology, California, USA
KEY AWARDS & HONORS
1992: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment
Chevron Conservation Award
Exemplary Service Award
U.S. Forest Service