Mr Thomas Murphy

Mr Thomas Murphy

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Researcher and demonstrator 


PhD - Impacts of climate change on upland oak establishment and the role of oak woodland on soil recovery for natural flood management - Plymouth University & UK Environment Agency. 

Bsc - Environmental science (Hons) with extended year - Using a novel methodology to determine the environmental mechanisms governing the performance of native trees at an establishing woodland (dissertation) - Plymouth University.

Teaching interests


Envs1002 - The Physical Environment
Envs1003 - The Biosphere
Envs1007 - Environmental Pollution
Envs5003 - Ecological survey evaluation and mitigation

Research interests

Nature based solutions (NbS) to climate change and environmental problems. The role of native woodland creation in climate change mitigation and Natural Flood Management (NFM). Interaction between restoration ecology, green infrastructure and climate change.


Murphy TR, Hanley ME, Ellis JE, Lunt PH (2020) Native woodland establishment aids soil recovery in UK upland pastoral catchments. Accepted. Land Degradation and Development.

Murphy TR, Hanley ME, Ellis JE, Lunt PH (2019) Deviation between projected and observed precipitation trends greater with altitude. Climate Research 79: 77-89.


Murphy TR, Hanley ME, Ellis JS, Lunt PH (2020) Lessons for woodland establishment - Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Conference - Digital Dialogues

Other Publications

Murphy T (2018) Wistmans wood – examing the response of oak trees to climate in a special woodland. Moor Trees Newsletter, Spring edition,5.

Murphy T (2015) Research on tree stress at Howton Down. Moor Trees Newletter, Autumn edition, 4.

Reports & invited lectures

Murphy TR (2020) Why plant trees? - Plymouth Tree Partnership (PTP). Sustainability Hub, Kirkby Lodge, Plymouth, UK.

Murphy TR (2019) Slowing the flow - conference speech. British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) Early Career Researcher (ECR) conference, Sheffield, UK. - Prize for best talk.

Murphy TR (2018) At the limits of growth? – Evidence for impacts of recent cimate change on the growth of Quercus robur in relic upland Atlantic oak woodland, Wistmans Wood, Dartmoor National Park. Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography 8: 45. World conference on Ecology, Berlin, Germany. doi:10.4172/2157-7625-C1-032.

Murphy TR (2016) Woodland & climate change - Key note speech at Moor Trees Annual General Meeting, Woodah farm, Devon, UK

Other academic activities

Natural Flood Management day - Bringing climate change and natural flood management science to local stakeholders and hearing from flood affected residents. Venue - Buckfastleigh Town Hall (14th July 2019). - Support from Buckfastleigh Flood Action Group and Environment Agency. 

Woodland on Dartmoor - The potential benefits of woodland for Natural Flood Management. Dendles Waste (19th August). - Field trip to discuss climate change and land management in UK uplands. - Support from Moor Trees (