Mr Thomas Murphy

Mr Thomas Murphy

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


PhD researcher and demonstrator


  • Bsc - Environmental science (Hons) with extended year - Plymouth University.
  • PhD - The Potential of woodland creation for mitigating the impacts of climate change on Dartmoor - Plymouth University & UK Environment Agency.

Teaching interests

Envs1002 - The physical environment

Envs5003 - Ecological survey evaluation and mitigation

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of environmental science however my particular research interests concern the interaction between climate change and woodland ecology and focus on examining the ability of woodland creation/colonisation to help mitigate adverse impacts associated with anthropogenic climate change. I am particularly interested in understanding the tolerance of tree species to environmental variation in order to determine the effectiveness of woodland colonisation as a means of Natural Flood Management (NFM), an approach which is gaining prominence as a mitigation solution. 

Key publications are highlighted


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

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 (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