Michael Murray

Michael W. Murray

Staff Scientist at National Wildlife Federation

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Location:
11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, Virginia, United States
HQ Phone:
(703) 438-6000

General Information

Experience

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment  - University of Michigan

Instructor (Part-Time), Department of Biological Sciences  - Georgia Regents University

Intermittent Lecturer, Adjunct Lecturer  - University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, School of Public Health

Instructor (Part-Time), Department of Biological Sciences  - Augusta University

Education

M.S. Degree  - Water Chemistry , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D. degree  - Water Chemistry , University of Wisconsin-Madison

doctorate degree  - water chemistry , University of Wisconsin at Madison

master Degree  - water chemistry , University of Wisconsin at Madison

Recent News  

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants that were commonly used in furniture, electronics, construction materials and textiles, said Michael Murray, a staff scientist for National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office in Michigan.
Their production was discontinued in 2013 because they contaminated water, leading to serious health problems, says the study. PBDE dust particles spread through the air and contaminated the lakes, Murray said. Wastewater treatment plants also spread them. Although they are no longer manufactured, PBDEs remain in Lake Erie water and sediment, says the study. "They are relatively persistent out in the environment and they don't break down as easily," Murray said. Researchers are seeing decreased IQ and "increased hyperactivity in children who had elevated PBDE exposures in the womb," Murray said. PBDEs damage children's attention, motor skills and cognition, he said. "It seems like there's another study that comes out every few months on the confirmation of impacts that we're seeing, in particular on young children." "It's the kind of thing where we often learn a lot about the impacts after they've been out in the environment and in use for quite a while, for decades," Murray said. "It's going to take a while before the levels [of PBDEs] drop down to below levels of concern," he said.

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The organization will be co-chaired by Mr. Jackson and Mike Murray of the National Wildlife Federation.

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But hair apparently is a trusty barometer: "With your hair growing, it's basically tracking the chemicals in your body continuously," explains Michael W. Murray, a scientist with the National Wildlife Federation.

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