PhD Environmental Engineering, Systems Ecology, Wetland Track.
MSc Environmental Engineering, Systems Ecology
BSc Zoology & Geology
ORI Associate Professor in Wetland Ecology, Dr Murray-Hudson’s primary research focus is on ecohydrology, to improve our understanding of the dynamics of tropical flood-pulsed wetlands. This includes not only the potential effects of climate change, dams and water abstraction, but also nutrient dynamics in the context of potential pollution. He is also interested in wetland biogeochemistry, sediment dynamics and tectonics as drivers of wetland landscapes and ecosystem services.
He is also responsible for the coordination and development of a long-term monitoring programme in the Okavango Delta to support management and sustainable development of the Delta’s hydro-ecosystems. This aims to collect long-term data on multiple physical, chemical and biological indices, and to make these available to end-users. Currently the ORI Monitoring Unit monitors climate, surface and groundwater levels, water quality, flood extent, wildfire extent, and fish catch per unit effort at various stations in the Delta. We host a web-based data delivery system (https://monitoringdata.ub.bw/). The monitoring programme provides data for e.g., State of Conservation reporting (World Heritage Commission, Ramsar Convention), for informing civic society and authorities on flood status and management issues such as fish stocks, for improved hydrological and ecological modeling and for surveillance for ecosystem change.
Graduate studies in Natural Resource Management (Wetland Ecology, Systems Ecology, Vegetation Ecology, Geology, Waterbirds)
Systems Thinking for the UB Masters in Development Practice
Training in Biodiversity Data Management
Multivariate statistics with R (part of a "Statistics with R" ORI short course)
Hydroecology of Delta Floodplains: Floodplain plant species distribution modelling for evaluating effects of hydrological change
Effects of Elevated Nutrient Levels on Cyperus papyrus growth rates and microbial rhizosphere communities
Population structure and water use of riparian woodlands in the Okavango
Carbon biogeochemistry (methane) of floodplains
Biogeochemistry of surface and groundwater in the Okavango
Sediment dynamics in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin
Assessment of breeding success of Wattled Cranes - MPhil
The Effect of Nutrient Enrichment on Microbial Community Structure associated with Cyperus papyrus in the Okavango Delta, Botswana - MPhil
Assessment of Jatropha curcas Cultivated in Frost and Drought Prone Areas in Botswana: Water Balance Analysis - MPhil
Deformation in the Okavango Incipient Rift - PhD
Ecological drivers of population structure, species composition and distribution of riparian plant communities in the Okavango - PhD
Edwards, T. M., I. J. Mosie, B. C. Moore, G. Lobjoit, K. Schiavone, R. E. Bachman and M. Murray-Hudson (2020). "Low oxygen: A (tough) way of life for Okavango fishes." PLOS ONE 15(7): e0235667
Murray-Hudson, M., Wolski, P., Brown, M. T., & Davidson, T. (2018). "A suite of macrophyte species distribution models for investigating hydrology-driven spatial changes in a large flood-pulsed tropical wetland". South African Geographical Journal, pp. 1-17. doi:10.1080/03736245.2018.1541021
Murray-Hudson, M., Wolski P, Murray-Hudson F, Brown M, Kashe K. (2014). “Disaggregating Hydroperiod: Components of the Seasonal Flood Pulse as Drivers of Plant Species Distribution in Floodplains of a Tropical Wetland”. Wetlands, 34, 927-942. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-014-0554-x
Murray-Hudson, M., Combs, F. Wolski, P., and Brown, M.T.B. 2011. A vegetation-based hierarchical classification for seasonally pulsed floodplains in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. African Journal of Aquatic Science 36: 223-234.